Social Networking For Authors & Overcoming The Rejection Slip

first_imgNot a Novel IdeaThere are many other social networks for writers on the Web. So getting new users is going to be nearly as much of a challenge for Moysidis as getting a publisher to notice her debut novel.But according to Moysidis, most of the existing social networks for authors are geared towards helping writers self-publish. Writer’s Bloq is all about helping new writers get the attention of publishing houses. Which begs the question: how will Writer’s Bloq attract publishing industry people to the network?Moysidis replied that Writer’s Bloq is starting out with a focus on writers, but it intends to open up to publishers officially at a later date. In the meantime, she said that industry professionals are already registering… as writers. Many in the industry are budding writers themselves.Like any new social network, Writer’s Bloq has a very tough road ahead of it. The key is to get network effects going, in other words get more and more writers – and ideally publishing industry people too – signed up and using the site regularly. Easier said than done. But Writer’s Bloq has a great design, enthusiastic early users and a Kickstarter project (see video below) to raise money for offline meetups – cleverly called “bloqparties.”Perhaps most importantly, Writer’s Bloq has a passionate, focused founder in Nayia Moysidis. Whose ultimate goal, by the way, is still to get her first novel published. The first thing that struck me about Writer’s Bloq when I signed up for a nosey, was the crisp and clean design. Goodreads could learn a thing or two from that.Writer’s Bloq has two main sections: a writing section and a reading section. As with any social network, it’s advisable to have a look around first before posting your own content. There are many ways you can discover the writing of others – by genre, format, status (published or unpublished), or tags.You can choose to read a piece immediately, or save it for later. You can also send it to your Kindle. The staples of social networks are all there: comments, likes, sharing via Facebook and Twitter, the option to subscribe to the author. What’s In It For WritersWriter’s Bloq is clearly very early in its evolution – there isn’t a huge amount of activity on the site right now. That is of course the problem every new social network has. Goodreads is at the opposite end of the social network spectrum. It’s a mature social network that reached its tipping point a few years ago and is now in the midst of mainstreaming (10 million users and counting!).So the challenge for Writer’s Bloq is to get its core user base – budding writers and people in the publishing industry – to sign up. I asked Nayia Moysidis why new writers should post their work on Writer’s Bloq. Why not just self-publish, if they aren’t able to land a traditional publisher? She replied that when writers submit a manuscript to a publisher, essentially they are after the following three things:Editing and serious feedback on their work.Marketing.Validation.Writers can’t get those things by self-publishing, said Moysidis. The aim of Writer’s Bloq is to give writers a better opportunity to attract publishers. They can promote their work on Writer’s Bloq and get feedback from peers – and perhaps even from publishers sniffing around the site. The community helps self-select the best writing, through ratings and comments. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App richard macmanus Yesterday I reviewed the leading social network for book readers, Goodreads. In the second post in my Social Books series, I’m checking out a brand new social network for book writers. Called Writer’s Bloq, it was founded by a young wannabe writer from New York named Nayia Moysidis. In a phone interview, I discovered that Moysidis, a graduate of Columbia University’s creative writing program, started Writer’s Bloq because of the frustrations she encountered trying to get her first novel noticed by publishers. She’d sent 93 individualized letters to publishing houses, but only received a few generic rejection letters in response.Like many entrepreneurs, Moysidis is a very determined person. After being largely ignored by publishers, her next step was to take an intern job at Simon & Schuster. There she was dismayed to find her very own novel – submitted under a pen name – in the slush pile! On the plus side, Moysidis saw first hand that it was impossible for a publishing house like Simon & Schuster to pick up every book sent to them. They simply receive too many manuscripts.After seeing the writer submission process from the other side, Moysidis concluded that publishers are so overwhelmed that they aren’t discovering enough new talent. She felt that writers needed a better way to try and get noticed, which ultimately would help publishers too. So she created Writer’s Bloq, a wonderfully named social network where writers can post snippets of their work and network with others in the industry. Tags:#Reviews#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft

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first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

What Wouldve Happened If Nobody Had Gotten Hurt in the NBA This

When Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls’ dervish of a point guard, went down in the 11th game this season, it was the 2012-2013 season all over again. Rose sat out that entire season recovering from a torn ACL and watched his team finish 45-37 and put up a fight against the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. This season was supposed to be different — and now it wasn’t going to be at all.Something else wasn’t different: The Bulls managed to finish above .500 without Rose yet again. That was for a whole host of reasons: the remarkable play of center Joakim Noah, the stellar coaching of Tom Thibodeau and an Eastern conference filled with chum, among others. But Chicago’s record this year also indicates that an injury — even of a star player — doesn’t always ruin a team’s regular season as much as we think it might. Sometimes the replacements are better than replacement level. And sometimes they just don’t swing that many games.The Bulls’ record without Rose is just one anecdote, but this was a busy year for injuries in the NBA. Together, the league’s athletes missed more than 4,900 games to injury, the highest total since the 2008-09 season. Eighteen teams saw more games missed due to player injury than the prior season.For the last two years, I’ve kept a database of every injury in the NBA — what the injury was, who suffered it, how many games he missed, etc. (Odd hobby, I know, but this is what happens when you’re an injury analyst.) The database includes every game missed since the 2008-09 season and includes more than 850 players. After watching such an entertaining yet injury-riddled season this year, I started wondering if that database could tell us whether and how the results would have changed if every player in the league had stayed healthy. Like, really healthy. So healthy that there wasn’t a single injury. Who makes the playoffs then?To create this alternate universe, I put my database to work, simulating an entire season in which games missed because of injury were excluded.1Games missed for personal reasons or suspensions were retained. That meant approximating who took the place of the injured players, using injury listings and minute distributions2I went through every team and tabulated each player’s starter minutes versus bench minutes, and how those minutes changed after injury, when I could. to calculate a total number of minutes played for each player on a team’s roster. An important note: My method only tabulates when players play or don’t play; it doesn’t try to understand how a player’s value is affected if he’s playing through an injury.Then, with FiveThirtyEight’s help, I assigned each player a talent rating using Daniel Myers’s ASPM, a box-score-based performance metric that does the best job of telling us how hypothetical universes play out.3The FiveThirtyEight crew used an ASPM aging curve and came up with “talent” ratings for each player based on an age-adjusted weighted average of his performance this season and over the previous two seasons. Once we weighted those talent ratings by the estimate of minutes played, we had a sense of how good each team would be with all of its players. From there, we simulated a whole new season using the 2013-14 NBA schedule, and compared the injury-free hypothetical reality to the actual season.All that left us with what could have been, but almost certainly can never be. As you read the divisional breakdowns below, it’s important to remember that this alternate reality is not a glimpse into how a team would have improved or regressed if it never had to play a replacement player. Instead, it’s a holistic portrait of what would have happened to an entire league if no player missed time due to injury. You’ll see that some teams have worse records in the injury-free space (the New York Knicks, the Detroit Pistons, etc.), which might make you think their replacements were in fact better than their starters, even if the starters were healthy. But it’s really because in our alternate reality these teams don’t improve as much as other teams in the league, leading to more losses against full-strength opponents.With all that preamble out of the way, here’s what an injury-free league looks like in each division, and in the overall playoff picture.Eastern ConferenceIt’s easier to make a surprising run to the top of your division when you’re the healthiest team in the league, as the Toronto Raptors were this season. If the Brooklyn Nets’ center Brook Lopez hadn’t fractured his right foot’s fifth metatarsal and forwards Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko hadn’t succumbed to back spasms that cost them a combined 45 games, the simulation predicts a healthy Nets team would have flirted with 50 wins. That increases their win total by four games, placing them first in the division. In real life, injuries overextended the minutes of veterans Garnett and Paul Pierce and increased the responsibilities of role players like Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic.Not even a clean bill of health rescues the other teams in the division. The New York Knicks get worse in our alternate reality, not helped by their power forward Andrea Bargnani making up the 40 games he missed. Same for the Boston Celtics and their point guard Rajon Rondo. And the Philadelphia 76ers are hopeless no matter what: Rookie Nerlens Noel4In our simulation, rookies who never played were assigned league-average quality ratings. and shooting guard Jason Richardson, along with several other players, aren’t enough to keep them from finishing with the league’s second-worst record.Not even a healthy Derrick Rose stops the Indiana Pacers’ march to the top of the Central Division. The Bulls’ worse record in our alternate universe doesn’t mean the Bulls would be worse with Rose, but more likely that the rest of the league gets even more of a full-strength bump than Chicago does, leading to 1.6 more losses for the Bulls.The biggest drop in the division comes for the Detroit Pistons, who were the 11th-healthiest team in the league, with players missing 128 games overall. Despite their health, the Pistons still couldn’t win 30 games, and they fare even worse once the rest of the league is healthy, losing 3.5 more games in the simulation. The Milwaukee Bucks were the Eastern Conference team most handicapped by injury this season, with their players missing 318 games, but they gain only an extra 2.7 wins in the simulation. That suggests their roster was never that competitive to begin with. And Cleveland, despite adding 31 games from shooting guard C.J. Miles in the simulation, only records a slight uptick, winning a bit more than an extra game.The Southeast remains the most competitive division in the Eastern Conference when injuries are excluded, but with an even denser grouping among its middle three teams. The team at the top of the division, the Miami Heat, distances itself thanks in part to a healthy Dwyane Wade. Wade’s 28 recovered games help net Miami 4.2 more wins, propelling the Heat to the top of the division and the conference.The middle three teams — Washington, Atlanta, and Charlotte — all clump together, with Atlanta winning an extra game thanks in part to a boost from the return of center Al Horford (53 games missed). Washington and Charlotte, meanwhile, dip. A never-absent Nene doesn’t help Washington much, since in reality the Wizards went 12-9 during the 21 games he wasn’t on the court. Charlotte was the team that most took advantage of an injury-filled NBA, finishing 5.8 wins above its record in the injury-free reality, so some regression to the mean is expected. And the Magic, well, the Magic aren’t notable in either reality.Western ConferenceThe San Antonio Spurs remain the best team in the league, but with a franchise-record breaking 65.7 wins, 3.7 more than they actually had during the regular season. That’s what happens when you get an extra 44 combined games from Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.Houston’s five-man starting unit finished ninth in most minutes played together this season, so it’s not surprising that the Rockets are unaffected by an injury-neutral schedule. The majority of Houston’s injuries occurred to bench players, and a few more games from backup center Omer Asik don’t move the needle.Despite an additional 23 games from a healthy Marc Gasol, Memphis’s record drops a bit, with the Grizzlies losing 3.4 more games than they did in reality. Perhaps it’s because the teams they faced during Gasol’s absence were in poor health, including a James Harden-less Rockets squad, a Brooklyn team without Deron Williams, a New Orleans Pelicans team missing Anthony Davis and a Bulls team lacking Rose. Memphis’s play may improve with Gasol in the lineup (the Grizzlies went 10-13 while he was out) but so, too, do the rosters of the teams they face. That drops them below the Dallas Mavericks, who lose ground (2.2 games) but less of it than Memphis. At the bottom of the division, the New Orleans Pelicans gain the second-most games in the league (5.1), with the help of a full season from Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, a trio that, in reality, played just 15 games together.At the top of the Northwest Division, the Oklahoma City Thunder only get better, winning 3.6 more games with the help of a healthy Russell Westbrook, who missed 36 games this season. Those extra games help put more distance between the Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers, who decline as the league gets healthier. Only Indiana’s starters played more minutes together this season than the Blazers’ starting five.The majority of Minnesota’s injuries didn’t occur until the final weeks of the season and didn’t have a major impact on the Timberwolves’ overall finish. But the team directly behind them in the standings can use injuries as a legitimate excuse for failing to meet expectations. Denver lost more than 130 games to three separate ACL tears, including 82 games from starting small forward Danilo Gallinari. Combine those games with Javale McGee’s tibia fracture and it’s easy to see why the Nuggets finished as the NBA team most affected by injuries. They win 5.4 more games in our injury-free utopia.The Utah Jazz are bad in all realities. The team ranked as one of the healthiest in the league, and it seems the Jazz likely picked up a few wins due to other teams’ injuries — wins that fall away in our simulation.The Los Angeles Clippers remain the elite team in the Pacific and improve their record by two wins with an extra 20 games from Chris Paul. Two wins may seem like a small shift for the return of a player as good as Paul, but the Clippers played well without him (earning a .650 winning percentage), blunting the effects of his loss.Like Portland, Golden State’s starting unit remained largely unscathed for most of the year, which knocks 2.4 wins off their total once the rest of the league becomes as healthy as they were. South 350 miles, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered through a nightmare season, losing player after player to injury with Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol (who combined to miss 165 games) and others sitting for significant stretches throughout the year. Yet removing these injuries doesn’t do much for the Lakers’ playoff push. It helps them pass Sacramento in the standings, but they only win 3.7 more games with all their players.The real surprise is in Phoenix, not because the Suns’ record changes much (they gain only 0.1 wins), but because the rest of the league changes just enough that the Suns make the playoffs in an injury-free simulation. The Grizzlies are suddenly left out of the playoff picture, finishing .003 percentage points behind the Mavs for the eighth playoff spot.The Suns are the only team to make the playoffs in the injury-free reality that didn’t in the actual season we just watched. Without injuries, playoff seedings change — it’s Miami, not Indiana that has home court advantage in the East — and as bad as the Eastern Conference was, it’s even worse once the whole league is at full strength. But all in all, very little is different.For the endless talk about how injuries changed the game this season, if the entire league were healthy, the NBA would still look more or less like the NBA as we saw it. It’d just be a bit more entertaining. read more

Is ChiefsRams A Super Bowl Preview Meh Probably Not

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PHI74PHI73DAL 27, PHI 20-0.5– 20158DEN3✓GNB2DEN 199512OAK4DAL1✓DAL 20076NWE1✓DAL5NWE 199110HOU4WAS1✓WAS NO64NO71NO 51, CIN 14+2.6– Playoff %Playoff % ATL78ATL76CLE 28, ATL 16+0.8– But even if it won’t change the playoff race or give us a sneak peek at Super Bowl LIII, the Rams and Chiefs’ tilt should be fun. And once it’s over, we can look ahead to Week 16’s Saints-Steelers battle for yet another potential Super Bowl preview … that probably won’t contain both conference champs, either.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersYou can check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times, to track how likely each team is to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. On top of that, you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. You’ll be playing for bragging rights, and the chance to climb up our giant leaderboard.Using data from the game, here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: 20155CIN5SEA4CIN CAR70.813.9DET3.63.417.21525 199415SDG4✓SFO2✓SFO 201215NWE1SFO3✓SFO 201015BAL5NOR2BAL 201811KAN2LAR4? PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS DAL25.512.5ATL21.711.323.81535 Less playoff success7856196 TB1.71.5NYG0.20.11.61398 IND56IND52IND 29, JAX 26-5.0– The best matchups of Week 11Week 11 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 19979NWE4GNB1✓GNB 200017IND4MIN5IND WSH66.412.9HOU70.110.122.91507 GB61GB69GB 31, MIA 12+3.9– 19927KAN4DAL5✓DAL TEN62.517.7IND11.89.827.51506 PIT61PIT57PIT 52, CAR 21-5.4– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 199013BUF3✓PHI5BUF 20177NWE1✓ATL3NWE AFCNFC 199015BUF3✓NYG2✓BUF 19926KAN5PHI3KAN ARI0.10.1OAK<0.1<0.10.11354 One of these teams might be special. The other, not so muchHow each team in a midseason “Super Bowl preview” game fared, on average, by the level it reached in the playoffs. 199714KAN4SFO1KAN 20089TEN2GNB5TEN TB54WSH51WSH 16, TB 3+3.8– 20147DEN1SFO3DEN MIN62.9%±17.5CHI70.1%±17.034.51565 199317HOU4SFO2HOU 199313MIA4DAL1✓MIA KC88KC93KC 26, ARI 14-0.1– Three of the last four midseason Super Bowl previews featured 50 percent of the eventual Super Bowl matchup: New England and Atlanta played at foggy Foxboro in Week 7 last season (itself a Super Bowl rematch), and the Patriots later went to the Super Bowl. Seattle and New England reprised their own earlier Super Bowl matchup in Week 10 of 2016, and the Pats also went to that season’s Super Bowl. And in 2015, the Broncos used a Week 8 win over the Packers as a stepping-stone along their Super Bowl path. The exception in that stretch was Arizona-Cincinnati in Week 11 of 2015 — which sounds like an absurd potential Super Bowl, except that both teams were a combined 15-3 going into the contest, long before an injury to Andy Dalton ruined Cincy’s season.But if one team tends to emerge from these kinds of games on a championship path, the other usually stalls out well before the Super Bowl. Here’s a breakdown of how often each team in our sample of games ends up making each round of the playoffs, depending on how much playoff success they had: 199615DEN1GNB2✓GNB 201610NWE1✓SEA3SEA SeasonWeekTeamElo RkMade SB?TeamElo RkMade SB?Won Show more rowsSource: In the grand scope of the NFL universe, having slightly better than a coin-flip’s odds to make the divisional round of the playoffs isn’t too bad an outcome. But for a pair of teams coming into a midseason game with Super Bowl aspirations, it is striking how rare it is for both to ultimately make significant playoff runs. Instead, one usually is left behind along the road to the championship. And, in case you were wondering, the winner of the Super Bowl preview advanced deeper into the postseason just 60 percent of the time, so it’s tough to say which team will be which, regardless of who wins the “preview.”Either way, this Rams-Chiefs game will treat the fans to some points. The over-under on the game is 63½ points — one of the highest point totals in NFL history. And according to our matchup quality metric (determined by the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game), this is also the best game of the entire NFL season so far. The only factor holding this particular Super Bowl preview back might be game importance — i.e., how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs. Both teams have all but clinched playoff spots, so K.C.-L.A. drops to sixth place among Week 11 games once we account for a mix of matchup importance and quality: 199116KAN5SFO3SFO 199513KAN3DAL1✓DAL LAR69LAR74LAR 36, SEA 31+1.1– More playoff success100%97%75%58% Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 10Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 10 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CIN34.217.2BAL24.413.230.41511 KC99.90.1LAR>99.9<0.10.11661 There’s a new team atop FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo rankings this week, and it’s the one we discussed in this space last time around — the red-hot New Orleans Saints. Fresh off an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans turned around and walloped the Bengals 51-14 in Cincinnati. Based on how they’ve been playing recently, there’s no team more deserving of the No. 1 slot than Dem Saints.However, New Orleans is also the fourth different team to hold the top spot in Elo so far this year, joining the Patriots, Eagles and Chiefs. That’s tied for the most handoffs of the No. 1 spot through Week 10 of a season since 2002 (when five separate teams held No. 1 to that point in the schedule). So we still don’t have a great sense of who exactly will be meeting up in Atlanta in February. In fact, there’s still a decent chance it might just be the two teams that are scheduled this week for an epic Monday Night Football clash — the Chiefs and Rams.Both teams sport 9-1 records, and they have similar strengths and weaknesses. According to’s Simple Rating System (SRS) metric, the Chiefs rank second in the league on offense and 19th on defense; the Rams rank third in offense and 14th on defense. K.C. is led by a couple of 23-year-olds: quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL in passing yards, and running back Kareem Hunt, who ranks fourth in rushing. L.A.’s pair are both 24: QB Jared Goff (second in passing yards) and RB Todd Gurley (first in rushing).A nationally televised matchup between two exciting, young, star-studded teams in opposite conferences is sure to have a Super Bowl feel to it. And our model does give the Chiefs the AFC’s best odds of winning the Super Bowl, while considering the Rams to be the NFC’s second-most likely winner (behind New Orleans). But it also bears remembering that prospective “Super Bowl previews” on the midseason calendar usually don’t predict the actual Super Bowl very well (though they do often come close).To gather a sample of similarly huge AFC-NFC showdowns from seasons past, I filtered our database of games for ones that:Happened in Week 5 of a season or later (to give Elo time to “catch up” with how good each team is).Featured two Top 5 NFL teams at the moment of the game, according to Elo.Matched up teams from opposite conferences.Going back to the start of the current NFL playoff format in 1990, there have been 36 regular-season games that could have been considered Super Bowl previews, according to the rules laid out above. Of those, only two — Bills-Giants in December 1990 and 49ers-Chargers in December 1994 — ended up actually foreshadowing the Super Bowl to come. (The Giants flipped their regular-season loss on its head, while the 49ers obliterated the Chargers both times.)There have been plenty more regular-season games where the eventual Super Bowl combatants met months beforehand — think Patriots-Rams in 2001 or Giants-Patriots in 2007. But few were hyping those as potential Super Bowl previews at the time (even if coaches had their occasional premonitions about meeting up in the postseason). And on the flip side, when it comes to games highlighted for their Super Bowl potential, the exact matchup often finds a way to get derailed over the remainder of the season.Of those 36 regular-season matchups in our data-set, 23 did contain at least one of the eventual conference champions — so the odds aren’t bad that either K.C. or L.A. will make their way to Atlanta on Feb. 3. LAC76LAC82LAC 20, OAK 6+1.2– Share of teams reaching round 20015BAL1GNB4GNB Team that had …Wild CardDivisionalConf. ChampSuper Bowl NE63NE74TEN 34, NE 10-16.6– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN 199517PIT4✓GNB5GNB 20035IND5TAM1IND PIT92.35.8JAX2.52.38.01547 PHI26.49.2NO98.51.610.81634 20049PIT4PHI1✓PIT LAC91.95.8DEN1.41.77.51519 Another week, another loss for the readers against Elo, which now has beaten the field in nine of 10 weeks so far this season. This time, it was the Patriots’ surprising road loss to the Tennessee Titans that ended up costing readers the whole week — on average, they lost 16.6 points in that matchup, in a week where they lost by 12.5 total points. However, even though the readers have followed up their lone win of the season in Week 7 with three more losses in a row, they are getting better: In the season’s first six weeks, they lost by an average of 38.9 points per week; over the past three weeks, they’ve only lost by an average of 8.6 points.Among those readers who aren’t mired in a losing streak, congrats to David Ryborz, who topped all identified users in Week 10 with 148.6 points, and to Brian Hake, who continues to lead the season-long leaderboard with 808.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 19998DEN5MIN2MIN A brief history of regular-season “Super Bowl previews”NFL games after Week 4 in which both teams ranked among the Top 5 in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings and were in opposite conferences, since 1990 199716DEN3✓SFO2SFO Source: 20136NWE2NOR5NWE 200612NWE3CHI5✓NWE CHI65CHI67CHI 34, DET 22-0.1– 20026NWE4GNB5GNB NYJ63NYJ64BUF 41, NYJ 10-2.9– GB23.113.0SEA29.112.725.61515 200912NWE3NOR2✓NOR SF67%SF62%NYG 27, SF 23+4.7– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality 20088PIT3✓NYG4NYG 201511CIN4ARI3ARI read more

Haiti Presidential Elections delayed due to Review of Voting process

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Dec 2015 – Another hiccup in the Haitian presidential elections which were scheduled for December 27, 2015. The allegations of election fraud has reportedly forced Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council to postponed the runoff. One online report says, and I quote: “…a five-member commission to address swirling allegations of multiple voting and ballot tampering while also recommending ways to safeguard a final round’s integrity” was established. Current President, Michel Martelly announced the five member commission would investigate and provide a review; that should take three days. Another news source said the Provisional Electoral Council “did not provide a new date for the final round of national elections. Council spokesman Roudy Stanley Penn said a new date will be announced once a commission created by presidential decree has concluded its work.The council was installed last Tuesday.President Martelly is constitutionally barred from running again and expected to leave office by February 7, 2016. Recommended for you Related Items:elections, haiti, michel martelly, voting process TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Our favorite toaster oven is still on sale at Amazon

first_imgColin West McDonald / CNET We’ve tested tons of toaster ovens at CNET and there’s a clear, longstanding favorite — the Panasonic FlashXpress, which is on sale at Amazon today for $95. That’s $25 off the usual price. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it on AmazonRead: The best toaster ovens of 2019The Panasonic FlashXpress is a fun, quirky cooker that uses infrared heating elements to toast and bake with speedy precision. It’s sturdily built, streamlined for absolute simplicity and superbly consistent. Even now, six years after we first reviewed it, it’s still easy to recommend as a toaster oven upgrade. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Small Appliances Originally published on May 16.Update, May 21: Confirmed that deal is still active. Comment 1 Amazon Panasonic Share your voice 49 Photos Tags Which toaster oven toasts, bakes and broils the best?last_img read more

Philippine cops kill 32 in single day during antidrug raids

first_imgPhilippine police killed 32 people in dozens of anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila, in the single deadliest day of President Rodrigo Duterte’s unrelenting war on drugs.About 109 petty criminals, including street-level drug peddlers were arrested and dozens of guns seized in police operations across Bulacan province from Monday night until Tuesday afternoon, said provincial police chief, Romeo Caramat.“We have conducted ‘one-time, big-time’ operations in the past, so far, the number of casualties and deaths, this is the highest,” Caramat told a news conference.He defended police action and said the deaths were during shootouts, and were not executions, as activists have often alleged.“There are some sectors that will not believe us, but, we are open for any investigation. All we can say is that we don’t have any control of the situation. As much as possible, we don’t want this bloody encounter.”Thousands of people have been killed in the anti-drugs campaign, Duterte’s signature policy, since it was launched on June 30 last year, most users and small-time dealers from poor neighborhoods.The intensity of the crackdown has alarmed the international community, and activists and human rights groups say police have been executing suspects and planting drugs and guns at crime scenes. Police and the government officials reject that.Police also deny involvement in thousands of murders by mysterious gunmen, blaming them on gang turf wars, drug dealers silencing informants, or vigilantes targeting drug users.“There were 32 killed in Bulacan in a massive raid, that’s good,” Duterte said in a speech.“Let’s kill another 32 every day. Maybe we can reduce what ails this country.”Police conducted 49 sting drug operations in Bulacan that resulted in about 20 armed encounters, Caramat said. Ten other gunfights ensued when police tried to serve arrest warrants to suspects who fought back.He said 93 of those held were wanted for other crimes, as well as drugs offences.Bulacan has been a major target in the drugs war, with some 425 people killed and 4,000 offenders arrested, according to Caramat, making it the second-biggest hot spot in the crackdown outside of the Manila area.Political opponents of Duterte have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the president and top aides of crimes against humanity, arguing they failed to address allegations of widespread police abuses that have been brought to their attention.Duterte has welcomed the ICC complaint, and said he was willing to rot in jail to protect Filipinos.He has often complained about human rights groups criticizing and undermining his campaign and on Wednesday said he would instead investigate them, or worse.“If they are obstructing justice, shoot them,” he said.last_img read more

Series Opener Against Georgia Tech Halted in the Fifth Inning

first_imgLouisville tallied two more runs in the fourth. Newman reached on an error, stole second and eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Melton singled and scored on Hensley’s triple to increase the lead to 10-2. Georgia Tech added another run in the third behind Drew Puckett’s RBI single. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Due to continued rain in the forecast, the University of Louisville softball team’s ACC series opener against Georgia Tech was halted in the top of the fifth inning with the Cardinals leading 10-5. A decision on a time for the continuation of the game will be made Saturday morning. Cameron Stanford’s two-run homer in the fourth cut the lead in half and made the score 10-5. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img The Cards used eight hits and an error to put up an eight-spot in the home half of the first. Seniors Sidney Melton and Megan Hensley delivered back-to-back hits and freshman Taylor Roby walked to set up junior Caitlin Ferguson who smacked a three-run double to left centerfield. RBI singles by Kyra Snyder, Maddy Newman, Celene Funke and Melton brought the score to 8-2. Prior to the rain delay, the Cardinals built an 8-2 lead in the first inning and added a pair of runs in the third. Tech added a run in the third and two more in the fourth, bringing the score to 10-5 after four complete innings. In the fifth, Skye Webb singled and Bailee Zeitler was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch with Drew Puckett at the plate when the game was delayed several times before being halted due to continuous rain. Partial game recap:The Yellow Jackets struck early with two runs in the first after a pair of walks and a groundout led to a two-run single bylast_img read more

Flexible allcarbon electronics integrated onto plants insects and more

first_img“Both the carbon nanotubes and graphite are carbon,” he said. “Depending on the bond structure of carbon, the carbon nanotubes can exhibit semiconducting properties and the graphite can show metallic properties. We designed multiple catalysts to synthesize the carbon nanotubes and graphite locally with the desired structures of electronic devices. In this way, the all-carbon devices can be synthesized.”The resulting devices demonstrate good performance, with the transistors operating with a high on-off ratio exceeding 103. To demonstrate the flexibility of the devices, the researchers transferred the sensors directly onto the curved surface of an optical fiber with a radius of 100 µm, where the sensors continued to operate normally. More information: Kyongsoo Lee, et al. “In-situ Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube-Graphite Electronic Devices and Their Integrations onto Surfaces of Live Plants and Insects.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl500513n ( —Carbon-based electronics are being widely explored due to their attractive electrical and mechanical properties, but synthesizing them in large quantities at low cost is still a challenge. (a) The CNT-graphite sensor array (left) on a solid surface and (right) floating on water. (b) Photographs of the sensor array transferred onto a fingernail, a particulate mask, a protective arm sleeve, an adhesive tape, and a sheet of newspaper. Scale bars: 1 cm. Credit: Lee, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The electronic devices can also be integrated onto various surfaces via van der Waals forces. For example, after wetting the transistors and sensors, the researchers showed that they can be attached to the leaf of a live bamboo plant and to the epidermis of a live stag beetle. The researchers also demonstrated that the sensors could be fitted onto the surfaces of a fingernail, a particulate mask, a protective arm sleeve, adhesive tape, and newspaper. The widespread application of all-carbon electronics in outdoor environments could be useful for a variety of reasons. Here the researchers show that the sensors can detect very low levels of DMMP vapor, which is used for producing nerve agents such as soma and sarin. The sensors could also be used to monitor environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity, pollution, and infections. All this can be done without an on-board power source.”We integrated antennas with our devices,” Park said. “Thus, the wireless transportation of power and sensing signals was possible with no battery.”Due to their good adhesion to the nonplanar surfaces of biomaterials, the all-carbon electronics have the potential for use as bioimplantable devices, as well. The researchers plan to further explore the potential applications in the future.”In this paper, we just demonstrated the detection of the nerve gas using the biocompatible devices,” Park said. “As our future research, we will develop various sensing systems, including diabetes, pollutions and radioactivity, using the wearable electronic devices.” Flexible CNT-graphite arrays transferred onto the surface of a live leaf and the surface of a stag beetle. The sensors can be used to detect chemical warfare agents or monitor environmental conditions. Credit: Lee, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society Journal information: Nano Letters Now in a new study, researchers have developed a new method for synthesizing entire integrated all-carbon electronic devices, including transistors, electrodes, interconnects, and sensors, in a single step, greatly simplifying their formation. The inexpensive electronic devices can then be attached to a wide variety of surfaces, including plants, insects, paper, clothes, and human skin.The researchers, Kyongsoo Lee, et al., at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in Ulsan Metropolitan City, South Korea, and the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute in Changwon, South Korea, have published a paper on the new synthesis method in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The new approach takes advantage of the unique atomic geometries of carbon to synthesize entire arrays of electronic devices, specifically carbon nanotube transistors, carbon nanotube sensors, and graphite electrodes. “Our all-carbon devices (transistors and sensors) are composed of (i) carbon nanotubes (as channels) and (ii) graphite (as electrodes),” coauthor Jang-Ung Park, Assistant Professor at UNIST, told “The channel part requires semiconducting materials whose resistance can be sensitively controlled by external bias. The electrode part needs metallic materials whose resistance is very small with the negligible change by external bias.”As Park explained, the different properties of the nanotubes and graphite are due to their different bond structures. Explore further © 2014 High-performance, low-cost ultracapacitors built with graphene and carbon nanotubes Citation: Flexible all-carbon electronics integrated onto plants, insects, and more (2014, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Bringing alive authentic flavours of Punjab

first_imgIndian culinary tradition boasts of exquisite and authentic recipes that are bound to satisfy every palate and JW Marriott as a brand has continuously worked towards bringing culinary intelligence to the forefront. Seizing the real essence of the diverse cuisine, this November K3 by JW Marriott, New Delhi brings to you the much awaited Amritsari food festival – a fantastic medley of finger-licking delights to indulge in. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmritsar is synonymous with finger-licking awesomeness when it comes to food. A lot of times the ‘Amritsari’ is used just to attract the crowds without any real effort to give a genuine feel to the food. Not so at the Amritsari food festival at the JW Marriott, New Delhi. This is one authentic experience – as real as you can get to sample some fine Amritsari food in Chandigarh. The carefully crafted menu comprises traditional spice laced food, deliciously created from fresh ingredients keeping in mind a healthy nutritional balance and preserving the wholesome goodness. It would be a delightful experience for food lovers of the city as they could eat the varieties of traditional Punjabi dishes each day. The festival would take the foodies of on an extraordinary voyage to taste the flavorsome Punjab di dishes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe dishes are specially curated by renowned and expert Chef Sweety Singh, a man of few words. He would much rather ply you with his delicious creations than talk about himself or his culinary expertise that has people from politicians to film stars wanting a spell of the Sweety’s magic. An exceptional culinary artist, Chef Sweety Singh believes in mining swaad (umami) without stifling preparations with tomato puree, full-fat cream, and butter – the standard taste enhancers employed by restaurants claiming to offer “authentic” Punjabi cuisine. Chef Sweety does not use any cashew, almond, saffron, and food colour in any of his dishes. And being a puritan, he uses ghee in abundance. Chef’s signature recipes have been developed and perfected throughout his career as they are authentic slow-cooking dishes which are made in homes across the world. They are packed with flavor and unique in taste. The current festival gives the food connoisseur a wide range of Punjabi dishes to choose from – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Bhatti ka kukkad, Lahori paneer tikka, Meat diya seekha, Highway tandoori kukkad and a lot more to serve your hunger with. Every cuisine is prepared with homemade masalas and traditional style to keep the cultural Punjabi vibes alive. The Chefs at K3 along with Master Chef Sweety Singh are dishing out an opulent list of culinary showstoppers for both lunch and dinner during the sumptuous festival. From November 16-25, the guests can find a lunch and dinner homemade set menu and also can experience a feast on traditional Indian food in K3 by JW Marriott, New Delhi.last_img read more

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