The Fans Have Spoken! Your Fave 10 Monsters Who Have Stomped Down Broadway

first_img8. Giant, Into the Woods 2. Ursula, The Little Mermaid 3. Beast, Beauty and the Beast 6. Dementors, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 4. Shrek, Shrek 7. Kong, King Kong 5. Monkeys, Wickedcenter_img 9. Trekkie Monster, Avenue Q In honor of last week’s larger-than-life Broadway opening for King Kong, we asked you about creatures of the past and present who have taken the Great White Way by storm. Fans ranked their faves, be them hairy, scaly, small or giant. Check out the top 10 list below!10. The Monster, Young Frankenstein (Illustration: Ryan Casey for 1. Audrey 2, Little Shop of Horrors View Commentslast_img read more

EPA: USD 5 Million Grants Available for S.F. Bay Watershed Restoration (USA)

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting proposals for nearly $5 million dollars in grants intended to protect and restore San Francisco Bay watersheds, wetlands and prevent polluted runoff.Projects funded under this award will receive between $800,000 and $2 million, and will focus on water quality results, such as the restoration of impaired waters and the enhancement of aquatic life.All proposals must be submitted to EPA no later than July 9, 2013.To provide more details about this grant solicitation and answer questions about the announcement, EPA will be hosting a free, public webinar on June 19, 2013.The EPA grants are under the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SFBWQIF) and have been issued since the fund’s inception in 2008. Since then, over $27 million for 48 projects has been distributed through 20 grant awards, with an additional $103.6 million contributed by 69 non-federal partners. San Francisco Bay grant funds have supported nineteen projects that have supported the restoration of over 4,000 acres of wetlands.[mappress]Press Release, June 18, 2013last_img read more

JAXPORT gets heavy lift of its own

first_imgThe new container cranes are equipped to service wider, post-Panamax vessels with the ability to reach across 22 containers, a significant increase from the 16 container capabilities of the terminal’s current cranes. Each electric crane will work on regenerative power, consuming power during the lifting of containers and creating energy as they lower. The use of electricity will increase energy efficiencies and reduce emissions.Brian Taylor ceo of JAXPORT said: “The addition of these cranes is a critical step toward supporting the ever-larger ships calling on the port through the Suez Canal as well as the newly expanded Panama Canal.”JAXPORT’s long-term strategic plan calls for the purchase of a total of ten 100-gauge cranes for Blount Island in the next 10 years.In 2014, JAXPORT awarded a USD37.6 million contract to Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC), for the manufacturing, delivery and installation of the cranes. Shaw GVB, a subsidiary of Chicago Bridge and Infrastructure, provided engineering services before and during construction.The Florida Department of Transportation awarded JAXPORT a USD15 million grant toward the purchase.Watch video of the crane arrival here: read more

USC/Clemson rivaly special to Elliott

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Shawn Elliott has several memories of attending football games between Clemson and South Carolina.USC interim head football coach Shawn Elliott gets after the defense against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.USC interim head football coach Shawn Elliott gets after the defense against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 14, 2015.Anyone who doesn’t believe the Gamecocks Interim Head Coach’s blood doesn’t bleed garnet and black just needs to hear one story.“A couple (Clemson/USC) games that really stand out to me has got to be probably the first one in 2010 up at their place. I had seen Carolina/Clemson games and had really experienced a lot over the years, but I had never coached in one and had never prepared for one.“It was just a really emotional day. I’ve got a lot of great Clemson friends. Boy, they were ragging and I’m ragging them back. Just to have the opportunity to kind of get that last phone call in that late evening was a fun one.”But, then, there was one rivalry game he attended that may stand out above the rest.“As a fan growing up, probably getting thrown out of Williams-Brice Stadium one time because I got a little bit too rowdy in here with some Clemson fans.”Elliott, from the time he was old enough to know what football is, has been a Gamecock fan.That means this game is not only important to him but he hopes it is to his team as well.“It’s a big week. When you go to school in South Carolina, you get someone coming up to you every day to talk about the Clemson game,” said Elliott. “What it’s going to take this year, who is going to win, and all that stuff. It’s the south, it’s college football season, and you’re going to hear that each and every day. The excitement keeps going, keeps building into practice and it’s always a fun one.“It’s an opportunity to know that one last win against the in-state rival can really make the rest of the year feel so much better than what it’s been the last few weeks for us. Our guys will have intensity and confidence. We have nothing to lose. We could easily go into our locker room and team meeting tomorrow and talk about the losses and reflect on those things, but we’re going to move forward and going to stay positive and try to make this the best week of our season. “Elliott is confident the Gamecocks will put in a good week of practice, putting the loss to The Citadel behind them.He admits to having a bad feeling about USC’s contest against the Bulldogs, however.“Up until after the Florida game, our spirits were good,” said Elliott. “I thought we were improving each and every week. I thought we had taken a hit at that moment. I was trying to do everything I could to keep our spirits up, pointing things out that they can play for and have motivation for, but I could see a chink in the armor after Florida and it carried itself into The Citadel game.“That’s my job to overcome that here in the last football game. I know I have to get that handled, and that is a difficult situation. I’ve got to get that done and that’s why I was placed in this role. That’s my job to overcome that. I think we’re going to have good spirits. We’re going to have a great week of practice and what I mean by great week, we’re going to have fun. We’re not going to hang our heads; we’re going to move forward. We’ll see what we have on Saturday for those guys.“last_img read more

Like a Robot Struck by Lightning: Gowalla to Launch Write API, Possibly With Pictures

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Location#web Imagine you were a robot who only knew how to describe the world in four ways: self, other, time, and object. Now imagine you were struck by a bolt of lightning and found your robot brain aware of a whole new column in the spreadsheet…Place. You’d feel like a whole new robot and you’d probably sing a very happy robot song.That’s what the social web is going through right now, with the rise of location data and services as a viable pivot point for developers to work their magic with. Next week 2nd place check-in app Gowalla says it will launch at least the beginning of something a small but fascinating group of robot magicians has long waited for: a write-capable API.What Kind of Apps Might We See?Imagine a mobile app that let you check-in at all the famous art museums of the world, post photos of yourself outside them and see which museums your friends have been to. Or the best places in the world to eat grilled cheese sandwiches, if that’s your thing.Niche topical apps like that could become easier than ever to create and tie-together with larger more established location based social network providers with the availability of multiple write APIs. You could have your cheese sandwich check-ins show up in your Gowalla and Foursquare social networks, if you want, or you could view and use an app built on top of those APIs that only published and displayed check-ins at cheese sandwich related places. It’s really all about cheese sandwiches.Leading check-in app Foursquare has an API, or Application Programming Interface, that developers can already build software on top of that reads Foursquare data and can publish check-ins to Foursquare as well. But competitor Gowalla has had a read-only API, meaning 3rd party apps could display user location data but couldn’t publish back to Gowalla.Gowalla developer Adam Keys told the company’s developer email list today that unlike previous promises a write-API was coming “next week,” this time he means it. “The good news is that I think I’ve got the foundation in place,” he wrote. “I’m hoping to write up the docs and get *something* out next week, even if it’s not complete API access.”The Gowalla apps include one thing that Foursquare does not – the ability to upload photos of places along with your check-in. Might that be a part of the new Gowalla API? We certainly hope so.What Does This Mean?It means there’s more than one game in town. There’s a very big difference between one hot check-in app you can publish to and two. As ReadWriteWeb’s resident hacker and geofreak Tyler Gillies told me this afternoon, “I think this will really change the game as far as people’s ability to create applicatons that allow you to check into a venue on multiple services.”The value of a multi-platform check-in app is that you don’t have to choose, you can participate in and see your friends’ activity across services you yourself don’t spend a lot of time on.At the same time, it means you get to choose. If everyone in the world was on AT&T and they couldn’t call out to Verizon, you’d never leave one service because it would mean you’d lose contact with your friends. Enter interoperability and you’ve got customer choice, vendor competition and a new wave of innovation.At least that could be how it turns out with regard to the addition of interoperable Place streams across multiple vendors.Foursquare today lets a user opt-in to have news and reviews from favorite organizations like the Huffington Post, the Wall St. Journal and the Independent Film Channel pushed automatically to their phones when they check-in near a place that those organizations have annotated. That’s hot and it’s just the beginning of the kind of features these kinds of location apps will be able to offer in the future. Like a robot that’s been struck by lightning.A service provider or developer can offer software users a lot if they know what the user likes, who the user is friends with and how recent all that data is. Add knowing where people, places and things are and you’ve got a big jump in potential recombination of factors. Not just for location apps themselves either, but in all kinds of apps that use the location data such apps make it easy and compelling to publish.Maybe even with pictures.last_img read more

J.K. Rowling’s Next Chapter: A Transfiguration Spell on the Publishing Industry

first_imgAuthor J.K. Rowling unveiled the plans behind the mysteriousPottermore website this morning, and fans that were hoping for a new installment in the beloved Harry Potter series or for a wizarding MMORG may be disappointed. But for those who’ve been waiting to read the novels on their e-readers, good news: Pottermore will involve, in part, the release for the very first time of the Harry Potter series in a digital format.In what’s an uncommon occurrence, Rowling retained all the rights to digital copies of her books. And until now, she had not struck any deals with publishers or distributors to make the series available digitally. All that will change when Pottermore officially launches this fall. That’s big news for e-books as the bestselling series will undoubtedly be wildly successful in its new e-format. (It’s as good an excuse as any to reread all the novels, right?) But the announcement is significant in a number of other key ways, not just because of Rowling’s decision to release the e-books now, but because of the way in which she has chosen to do it. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Self-Publishing’s Defining MomentThe books will be available exclusively through the Pottermore site, meaning that Rowling is self-e-publishing the novels. While self-publishing is, of course, nothing new, digital publishing and digital readership has helped self-publishing become more popular and, for authors, more lucrative. As we reported earlier this week, Amazon recently announced that self-published author John Locke had joined its “Kindle Million Club” after selling over one million copies of his e-books on the Kindle platform.But Rowling’s decision here isn’t just another mark of legitimacy for self-publishing, nor is it simply yet another blow to the traditional publishing industry – although no doubt, both of those are true. Rowling’s announcement has several other ramifications here for the publishing industry.DRM-Free ContentDigital rights management (DRM) technology is often placed on digital content, so the argument goes, to help prevent piracy. And indeed, the Harry Potter series may already be among the most pirated books in history, no doubt because of fans’ desire to read the books in a digital format. But rather than viewing that desire with suspicion about sharing, Rowling is trusting they’ll do the right thing. The Harry Potter e-books will reportedly be DRM-free, although they will be digitally watermarked with purchasers’ information. Wired calls this the publishing industry’s “Radiohead moment” and likens this to the band’s release of its albums on its own site. “The crucial parallel between Radiohead and Rowling is the fact that they both put their faith in the fans rather than any intermediary. For Radiohead, this meant self-releasing their album In Rainbows after the end of their contract with EMI with an honesty-box pricing strategy.”E-Book StandardsDRM-free content also means that consumers won’t be locked in to one particular format. As it currently stands, DRM is one mechanism that prevents users from sharing e-books; but it also means that Kindle owners can’t read Nook content, and Nook owners can’t load their iBooks onto their devices. But DRM is only part of the problem here; file formats are another. Rowling says that the books will be made available for all formats – to Kindle, iPad, Nook owners alike.It’s not yet clear how that will be accomplished, but the most obvious way to do that would be via ePUB, the open e-book standard. However, Kindle does not currently support ePUB. But as paidContent’s Laura Hazard Owen posits, “if any author could get Amazon to change its policy, it’s J. K. Rowling.” There have been rumors recently that the Kindle will begin supporting ePUB, and that may come as part of Amazon’s new library lending program this summer. (Another) Tipping Point for E-BooksThe tipping point for e-books could have been when Amazon announced that Kindle versions were outselling print bestsellers two-to-one or when it said that e-books were outselling all print copies. The tipping point could have been when the company announced that a self-published author had managed to sell one million copies of his e-books. But it seems likely that with the excitement and passion that Harry Potter fans have for anything associated with the series, that the release of the digital Pottermore will unleash yet another milestone in what is a quickly changing landscape for publishing. audrey watterslast_img read more

Marketing Day: Spotify branded sponsorships, martech salary survey, digital assistants at CES

first_img Posted on 8th January 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Spotify branded sponsorships, martech salary survey, digital assistants at CES Marketing Day: Spotify branded sponsorships, martech salary survey, digital assistants at CESYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Spotify opens personalized ‘Discover Weekly’ playlists to brand sponsorshipsJan 7, 2019 by Amy GesenhuesThe company has started testing an advertising opportunity that will allow brands to sponsor the curated playlists “end-to-end.”Help us anonymously benchmark marketing operations and technology salariesJan 7, 2019 by Scott BrinkerPlease give us just 3 minutes from your day to participate in our 2019 Marketing Technology & Operations Salary Survey.How marketers can counter chatbot backlashJan 7, 2019 by Barry LevineWith such a wide variation in chatbot performance, users may begin to avoid the conversational interfaces unless marketers take action.As CES opens, Amazon, Google tout digital assistant stats that highlight respective market strengthsJan 7, 2019 by Greg SterlingAmazon claims more than 100 million Alexa devices sold; Google says Assistant will soon reach 1 billion devices.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:The MarTech agenda is live. See what’s in store & join us in San Jose!Jan 7, 2019 by Scott BrinkerSeasoned marketers are right to be wary of too many industry predictions, but I’m quite certain of three things for the year ahead: Marketing technology and operations management will be integral to marketing in 2019. Martech tools, talents, tactics, and the overall marketing world will continue to change.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Ad Loads Are Actually Increasing, But That Won’t Offset TV’s Long-Term Negative Trends, AdExchangerAmazon is getting more serious about Alexa in the car with Telenav deal, TechCrunchAmazon sets up virtual furniture showroom online, Retail DiveConvert your mobile browsers into buyers with these recommendations, Get ElasticHow to Use Quizzes in Facebook Lead Ads, Social Media ExaminerInsights on How to Achieve the Greatest Marketing Impact, MarketoReleasing the Quora Ads Connector, SupermetricsThe post Marketing Day: Spotify branded sponsorships, martech salary survey, digital assistants at CES appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Spotify branded sponsorships, martech salary survey, digital assistants at CES Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

IgnitionOne now uses AI to predict a display ad’s performance — before it runs

first_img Marketers test a variety of factors for their ad campaigns, but one of the most difficult to test is the creative.It’s challenging to determine if this photo, or this design, or this script is more effective than another, since individuals have as many different reactions as they have to, say, one movie compared to another.Customer intelligence platform IgnitionOne is trying to remove some of that guesswork, releasing Wednesday a new capability that is designed to predict the performance of creative in a desktop or mobile ad, before the ad campaign is deployed.Static or animated. “With this feature,” said COO Christopher Hansen in a statement, “you can evaluate performance before an ad even runs.”An ad creative is uploaded to IgnitionOne’s Customer Intelligence Platform, which employs visual recognition algorithms to assess the creative’s characteristics. The creative can be a static display ad, or an animated gif.Hansen said in an interview that the visual recognition algorithm looks for such qualities as color, image placement and kind of image (e.g., a dog or a beach scene). It then treats the specific creative combination as a single type, and deep learning AI makes a prediction of clickthrough rate for that combo for specific audiences, as defined by weather, audience segment, device, location and so on.In the alpha test before today’s launch, Hansen claimed, the prediction accuracy as to how many users in a given audience would click on that particular creative implementation was 95 percent. No client companies are yet available to verify that figure, he said, as the alpha period used ongoing data in existing campaigns and is just now specifically launching this feature for brands.Why you should care. Various kinds of ad platforms offer varying degrees of performance prediction, including such creative predictions as those available from dynamic creative optimization (DCO) tools. Generally, though, DCO predictions are based on the varying creatives assembled on the fly, instead of utilizing any kind of submitted creative.But the increasing sophistication of visual recognition algorithms and pattern-detecting intelligence means that ad platforms will grow in their ability to know what approach works best for what kinds of users, such as IgnitionOne’s latest feature. The subjective factor of creative appeal becomes less subjective as the data becomes greater and the intelligence smarter.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post IgnitionOne now uses AI to predict a display ad’s performance — before it runs appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: IgnitionOne now uses AI to predict a display ad’s performance — before it runs HomeDigital MarketingIgnitionOne now uses AI to predict a display ad’s performance — before it runs Posted on 28th February 2019Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share IgnitionOne now uses AI to predict a display ad’s performance — before it runsYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

Tentative opioid deal won’t end court battles for Purdue

first_img(AP) – OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has a tentative settlement to thousands of lawsuits alleging it was partly responsible for a national opioid crisis. But that doesn’t mean its court battles are over.More than 20 states and lawyers representing some 2,000 local governments have signed on, pending ironing out some details. But the majority of states have not agreed.And some are promising to continue their legal fights against the company and the Sackler family, which owns it, saying the settlement does not go far enough to hold the company accountable.They say they’re prepared to object to the proposed deal in bankruptcy court, where it heads next.More than 20 states have also filed lawsuits against members of the Sackler family. Several have said they intend to continue those cases.last_img read more

Taylor expected to be first to testify in public hearings

first_img(AP) – The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine has told lawmakers in private that he understood President Donald Trump proposed a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Now he’s expected to repeat that testimony in the impeachment inquiry’s initial public hearings next week.The diplomat, William Taylor, will be the first to testify. The focus is on pressure placed on Ukraine by Trump to investigate political foe Joe Biden and the unsupported idea that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.In newly released transcripts of his private testimony, Taylor says it was his “clear understanding” that financial support would not come until Ukraine’s president committed to pursue an investigation.The chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, says Americans will a chance to decide for themselves if the impeachment inquiry is warranted.last_img read more