Thursday, April 10, 2014

Silicon Valley -- S1E1 -- "Minimum Viable Product"

Is Big-Hollywood noticing the Silicon Valley?

HBO just released a made-for-cable-series, "Silicon Valley" that may not be the first indication of Hollywood's recent interest. Watch premiere episode: Silicon Valley -- S1E1 -- Minimum Viable Product.

A feature-length comedy movie, "The Internship" spotlights Google, googlers, functional nerd-y-ness, high-achievers (not necessarily a pun), and contemporary corporate culture in the Bay Area Region -- generally.

Also, a TV series for Amazon Prime subscribing members, "Betas" envisions a hoodie-culture version of Silicon Valley entrepreneurial start-up companies that compete in and beyond San Francisco.

Goodnight, Mr. Letterman
Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show" in 2015.

(Excerpt) "Colbert has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, according to an official announcement... 'Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television'... Colbert added: 'Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career. I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps... Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.'”
Source: FoxNews.com

Note to some former staffers during the President G.W. Bush administration: Stephen Colbert's on-stage conservative intellectual persona is an act -- rarely complimentary to actual conservative thinkers.

Normcore normcore
Hipster: (Counter) Culture secret shopper suggestion:

Lands' End

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mountain View TMA (MTMA)

MEDIA CREDIT: Michelle Le, 10.15.2013

Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA)
The city government of Mountain View has recognized one transportation problem in Silicon Valley that significantly impacts citizens and properties in their jurisdiction -- an increasing number of privately operated busses and other large multi-passenger vehicles. Often observed is the glaring inefficiency and inconvenience of similar routes largely duplicated with vehicles operated by different employer companies, with some of these vehicles running well below their passenger capacity.

Recently, as a condition of approval for development proposals by large employers within Mountain View, the Mountain View city council required that the non-profit MTMA be formed and functioning in the private sector.

On Topic:
Developers, Major Companies Form Group To Solve Mountain View Traffic Woes
Long overdue deal to share shuttles
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Palo Alto Residential Buildout

Source: Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group

Demolish to Rebuild on a Scrapped Vacant Lot
(Excerpt) "'For the past three years, 50 to 100 homes a year have been razed to make way for new houses in Palo Alto,' according to associate city planner Scott McKay... The city granted more than 80 demolition permits for single-family homes in 2013.

Location Location Location
'In many ways, the city is built out,' McKay said. But... some existing houses are ripe for replacement. The homes built in the '50s and '60s 'weren't built to last like the homes built with old-growth redwood at the turn of the century,' he said.

Even old, elegant homes fall short of expectations for many people. 'Living has really changed from the 1930s until now,' said Palo Alto architect John Northway. '...a lot of the rooms are pretty small and relatively dark, even in wonderful old Palo Alto houses. Now people want to have bathrooms for each bedroom. A lot of times both mother and father work at home and each have an office. The audiovisual stuff is in another family room. All this drives reasons to tear them down and rebuild them...'

A vintage mission-style house across the street from the home of the late Steve Jobs was torn down by a software executive who bought it in October 2012 for $9 million with plans to build a new house on it. Later, the executive changed his mind, and sold the property for $11.4 million. The lot comes with approved plans for a one-story, 6,000-square-foot home with a 5,570-square-foot basement for a total of 11,635 square feet."

NIMBY Strategy: Purchase the Adjacent Properties

(Excerpt) "[Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg] ...is one of several prominent tech CEOs who own homes on Palo Alto's tree-lined streets. ...Zuckerberg and his physician wife Priscillia Chan paid top dollar -- more than $30 million in total -- for the four residential properties located next door and behind... [their] own home...

[The Zuckerbergs] ...paid different prices for each home, shelling out more than $14 million for one 2,600-square-foot dwelling. A local real estate agent called the amount 'absurdly high,' even for that pricey neighborhood. But James Yang, an agent with Sereno Group who focuses on Palo Alto and neighboring towns, said the price is less surprising 'if somebody wants to buy a property and the sellers don't want to sell.'

Reportedly, the recently married Zuckerberg couple began acquiring properties adjacent to their own home when they learned of a plan for one or more of the existing older houses next door. "The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg."


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tokeless

Brand naming aspirations yet to be realized...
From the memory cache: Possible and likely future brand name for use by a food products manufacturer:

"Tokeless" (Copyright Notice)

Not advocating, just saying someone will see the brand name potential...


On Topic:
http://www.trademarkia.com/tokeless-78294369.html

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ice Air

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Idea for a brand name: Ice Air
For me, this is an opportunity that was missed... a few years ago -- maybe ten. This is the idea that Ice Air would be a good brand name. A brand name for maybe a line of ski clothing or something related to snowy weather conditions. It may have come to me while riding a ski area's alfresco chairlift back up the hill for another run during a blustery day. Mentally, I just put my Ice Air brand idea in a cache with other possibilities for later use.

An innovative HVAC solutions company has that name.
Ice Air. Google it. Sadly, too late for me; apparently 30 to 40 years...

(Excerpt) "Ice Air has 40 years of experience developing and manufacturing a wide variety of HVAC units to provide superior new construction heating and cooling systems and to replace old installations. We provide World Class Comfort by innovating equipment that is environmentally sound, high quality and durable. Our products are designed with consumers in mind, with industry-best sound levels and advanced design."

Ice Air provides products to several markets:
(Excerpt) "Architects / Engineers, Reps / Distributors, HVAC / Contractors, Contractors / Construction Managers, Developer / Builders, and Consumers."

Their website's homepage: Ice Air

Cool Stuff
There's a link on their website for "Cool Stuff." Appreciating customer service on multiple levels, one Cool Stuff post from that linked page is included below...

(Excerpt from Cool Stuff)
"June 13, 2013
Ice Air Appoints New SVP of Customer Service


Ice Air, a leading manufacturer of HVAC products, has recently named Harlan Saunders as their new Senior Vice President of Customer Service. Mr. Saunders is an experienced business owner from Kentucky, who most recently worked in the food services industry. He brings a great deal of experience to his new role, and is known for possessing an ideal mix of sunny, Southern hospitality with shrewd business acumen.

Mr. Saunders will be tasked with ensuring that problematic customers are dealt with effectively, most likely by playing them the soothing music of Barry White.

Please direct any inquiries or concerns to: Harlan@ice-air.com."

Source: Cool Stuff



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

California Drought: Lady GaGa shoots water conservation video at Hearst Castle's Neptune Pool

MEDIA CREDIT: noted

Lady GaGa is on "La Cuesta Encantada;" the enchanted hill.
(Excerpt) "“The Lady Gaga event at Hearst Castle was a last minute but really important opportunity,” Remar Sutton of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation said... 'Both California and the Castle have already received world-wide — and positive — publicity and we are still weeks away from the launch of Lady Gaga’s video and her public service efforts to publicize California’s water crisis'...

[Lady GaGa's organization]... paid the special event fee of more than $22,000, plus expenses; donated $250,000 to the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation; and contributed $25,000 to the Cambria Community Services District [CCSD] to pay for a study on a possible water source for the [nearby] drought-stricken town...

[Richard Stapler, spokesman for the state Natural Resources Agency]... said he expects the public service video to be released within a couple of weeks."

Apparently during a preliminary visit to Hearst Castle by the music video star, Lady GaGa was impressed by the Castle's architectural features, art, antiques, and ambiance. Less than two weeks later at the Castle, Hollywood-scale filming was going for two days on a Lady GaGa "creative project" that some say is more than a music video.

(Excerpt) "As part of the agreement to film at... [Hearst Castle], permission for which is rarely granted by the Hearst Corp. and the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation, Gaga said she would produce a water conservation video for the state and a promotional video for the foundation."



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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Solar Thermal Desalination


Article Source & Photo Credit: The New York Times, 2.16.14

Renewable Energy Source: Solar Energy
Polluted near-surface groundwater sometimes found in agricultural areas apparently can be desalinated and purified to acceptable levels for various productive reuses. This article reports that some entrepreneurs are accomplishing this by using solar energy without the intermediate step of generating photovoltaic electricity.

WaterFX: a San Francisco area startup company.
The founders of this startup company seek to develop solar thermal desalination technology that is commercially viable and scalable for different applications. Working with a water district in the Central Valley, their efforts are funded by the State of California. The initial installation, a $1 million plant (solar array shown in photo above), "...is removing impurities... at half the cost of traditional desalinization, according to Aaron Mandell, a founder of WaterFX."

Off-the-Shelf Solar Array Unit and Equipment
"The parabolic-shaped [solar energy] receiver is a standard unit made by a Colorado company called SkyFuel for solar thermal power plants. It uses a reflective film rather than expensive mirrors to focus the sun on tubes containing mineral oil that are suspended over the solar array... As the oil warms to 248 degrees, the heat is piped into refurbished, 1960s-era evaporators to generate steam. The steam then condenses fresh water and separates the salts and heavy metals. The cycle is repeated to further concentrate the brine.

WaterFX relies on... a heat pump of its own design. The pump recycles excess steam for reuse through a chemical process rather relying on an electricity-driven compressor. 'It cuts the number of solar collectors you need roughly in half,' Mr. Mandell said...

[Also] WaterFX can purify water using half as much energy... [compared to traditional desalination.]"

Energy storage allows desalination 24 hour a day.
"During the pilot project, WaterFX produced 14,000 gallons of purified water a day... [A larger-scale] version of the plant, set to be built this year on 31 acres of land, will produce 2,200 acre-feet [of water] a year... The company will store excess heat generated by the solar array in molten salt to allow the plant to operate 24 hours a day... Mr. Mandell said WaterFX currently produces an acre-foot of water for $450."

Multi-Source Community Water Supply Systems
"The desalinated water [from WaterFX] is of bottled-water quality, purer than what is needed for irrigation... Michael Hanemann, a professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California, Berkeley, called desalinization a hedge against future shortages and the rising price of water. 'It’s a form of insurance,' he said. 'The issue isn’t turning over your whole water supply to desalinization but adding to it.'"

Solar Thermal vs. Reverse Osmosis Desalination
"Professor Hanemann... noted that traditional desalinization plants carried high capital costs as they were often built as backup sources of water and operated infrequently. A solar thermal desalinization plant that runs continuously and relies on free sunlight for fuel could make the technology more competitive, he said.

Standard desalinization plants rely on membranes to filter out salt and other impurities from seawater. The process, called reverse osmosis, is expensive. Membranes must be periodically replaced, and forcing seawater through them is energy-intensive, with electricity typically accounting for around a third of operating costs...

Brent Giles, a senior analyst at Lux Research, said solar thermal desalinization’s competitiveness with reverse osmosis remained to be seen. He noted that contaminated water like that found in the Central Valley contained far less salt than seawater and required less energy to purify."

Process By-Products: recycle & reuse -- & proper disposal
The recycled water, in various levels of purity, from essentially wastewater is clearly a reuse that is a valuable and marketable product. It's not clear from this report if the other by-product elements removed or created by this recycling process are good for productive reuse -- or simply waste. Is there currently an expense amount, per acre-foot of recycled water, for toxic waste disposal?

DO MORE with less...
Can't we just USE LESS? Of course we can do what might be called 'water conservation measures' -- and we should conserve our precious water! Nonetheless, I'm concerned that in the case of consecutive annual droughts, that alone may not be enough

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On Topic:
"Solar Desalination Gives California Water District More Freshwater," WSJ, 2.18.14

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

“Get in the Hot Spot” Recognizes QwkDrw and “Give Me a Moment” Blog

10 Hot Readers and Their Blogs: Part 1
Briefly feeding vanities, another blogger’s link HERE; referring to this honored and humbled blogger #4 (in no particular order) on the list...

But then again, this is probably all about the "Give Me a Moment" blog topics being California-centric and QwkDrw being a native Californian, don't you think? What accent

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Renewable Energy Source Driven Seawater Desalination

Coupling Inland Solar Electricity & Coastal Desalination Technology
(Excerpt) "Renewable energy sources (RES) for powering desalination processes is a very promising option...Renewable energy driven desalination systems have been extensively discussed as an innovative approach to desalinate water economically and in an environmentally friendly manner...Desalination systems can utilize...the available RES potential. The energy produced is consumed for potable water production which can be stored economically for a large period of time before consumption...

RES & desalination coupling schemes that do not require the RES unit and the desalination unit to be located in the same physical area are of special interest."
Source: Journal of Cleaner Production

Adequate & Reliable Multi-Source Community Water Supply Systems
The inland Topaz Solar Farm utility-scale solar electrical plant, and others like it that are located on the existing electrical grid, would seem a likely RES that could be coupled through existing electrical power transmission lines to environmentally friendly community-scale desalination systems efficiently located near the coast. The resultant potable water could potentially be produced, stored for later pumping, or immediately moved through pipelines -- depending on the RES electrical power available from the inland solar plants.

Coastal desalinated water sources could be balancing components in adequate and reliable multi-source community water supply systems. These drinking water systems might be less susceptible to extended rainwater drought conditions. Or maybe "State of Emergency" water drought conditions. Or other disasters...

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Seawater Desalination Vessel

Media Credit: waterstandard.com

(Excerpt) "In cases where coastal cities use large amounts of freshwater, any upstream use can limit coastal supplies. But water delivered to coastal areas, such as that supplied by mobile desalination and power vessels, could additionally help both coastal and inland areas by adding extra resources."
Source: earthmagazine.org

Desalination
(Excerpt) "Most of the modern interest in desalination is focused on developing cost-effective ways of providing fresh water for human use. Along with recycled wastewater, this is one of the few rainfall-independent water sources."
Source: Wikipedia


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Post No. 200

Elapsed Time: since November 2007

This post had to one day come
So it did today, dear readers
And now it's done

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"It hasn’t been a real big day
But I don’t have a thing to prove
I’ve still got the old nose rider...

Sun setting on the sea
Riding in on her glassy shoulder
The water going grey like me...

Only time is now more precious to
The oldest surfer on the beach..."

Source: BuffettWorld.com





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Thursday, January 9, 2014

First Solar: Topaz Solar Farm is largest utility-scale photovoltaic plant in the world

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Currently producing 300MW of electricity
Soon ... 550MW. It's not clear in what time frame this amount of electricity is produced, but the project's developer, First Solar, says that 550MW is comparable to the output of one coal-fired plant or one-half the output of a nuclear plant.

Also notable is that today there are several of these utility-scale photovoltaic plants, and a larger number of smaller-scale projects, under construction in California. And in the entire United States, not one nuclear plant has been approved through the government's review and permit process -- in over 30 years!


Source: First Solar.



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Monday, January 6, 2014

Epiphany 2014

Three Kings Day
Epiphany, January 6, is a Christian holiday that falls on the twelfth day after Christmas -- the conclusion of the twelve days of Christmas. "On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me..."

This holiday may include a feast!

(Excerpt) "Though many different cultural and denominational customs are practiced, in general, the [Epiphany] feast celebrates the manifestation of God in the form of human flesh through Jesus Christ, his Son.

The word epiphany means 'manifestation' or 'revelation' and is commonly linked in Western Christianity with the visit of the wise men (Magi) to the Christ child. Through the Magi, Christ revealed himself to the gentiles... ."
Source: About.com Christianity

Definition: An epiphany
(Excerpt) "... a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way."
Source: Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary



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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Mars One: colony of human ambassadors

The right stuff...or spaceflight to nowhere?
Reality TV programing content may be coming from outer space -- even another planet. Selected and vetted human ambassadors may be sent on a one-way journey through space, possibly never returning to Earth. The Earth-based team at the non-profit organization Mars One has set out a vision for the colonization of Mars -- with a global audience.

Mars One
(Excerpt) "Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. Our first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018. Participate in this mission to Mars through our crowdfunding campaign."

Source: Human Settlement on Mars



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Thursday, November 21, 2013

San Francisco Bay Bridge Troll

Perhaps not the most auspicious topic for a blogger -- regardless, the Bay Bridge troll is imagined by some to be a good-luck fellow and protector of the iconic spans...

The Original Bay Bridge Troll

MEDIA CREDIT: KTVU.com

(Excerpt) "The [original] troll ... moved onto the Bay Bridge after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake shook the span until a section fell. When that slab of bridge deck was replaced, ironworkers attached a troll for good luck. The 14-inch-tall iron sculpture was created by artist and blacksmith Bill Roan, who worked in a studio near where the bridge slab was being made. The troll has a barrel chest, spindly legs and leans forward, clutching a rod or spear.

For many years, ... [few individuals] were aware that the span had a squatter who could only be seen by boat."

Original Bay Bridge Troll Now Removed & Remembered
Source: Oakland Museum of California

New Troll: New Protector is Prepared for Duty


MEDIA CREDIT: SF Gate

Troll Authority
(Excerpt) "Bay Bridge troll authority John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Bay Area Toll Authority, offered ... the old troll was carefully and humanely extricated from his perch on the north side of the old eastern span on Labor Day ...

'The rumors of a new troll are true,' Goodwin said. The new protector, in a photograph released by the Toll Authority, appears to be crafted of steel, is slimmer, stands upright and clutches a sledgehammer.

'A new troll appeared, as these things happen, on Labor Day, under the cover of darkness,' Goodwin said, explaining that trolls are averse to sunlight ...

Goodwin said a search committee, whose membership is not publicly known, will choose a permanent home for the new troll. He said the location should be out of direct sunlight; at least partially visible 'to those who seek him out' and probably situated within view of the bike and pedestrian path.

Wise bureaucrats might be advised to choose a location near the busted bolts that nearly prevented the $6.4 billion new east span from opening on Labor Day."

Source: Bay Bridge troll rumors fly -- there's a new troll

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Deconstruction/Demolition of old East Span of Bay Bridge


MEDIA CREDIT: SF Gate

The old east span bridge structure will be removed right down to the floor (mud line) of San Francisco Bay ...

by the end of 2016

(Excerpt) "The retired span won't disappear from the bay quickly, and commuters, bike riders and runners using the new east span will be able to watch its vanishing act ... Demolition crews plan to dismantle the gray steel span piece by piece in roughly the reverse order of how it was assembled in the mid-1930s.

Removing the old east span will cost about $281 million, which is included in the $6.4 billion price tag for the new bridge ...

'If we stay on schedule, it will all be gone by the end of 2016,' ... [said Andrew Gordon, a Bay Bridge spokesman]."

Source: Demolition crews start chipping away at old Bay Bridge


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Dreamforce 2013

Dreamforce 2013 Plaza: Air-Supported Structure

(Excerpt) "Howard Street between and Third and Fourth streets was scheduled to be closed Thursday night and will remain blocked off through Nov. 23. The street will be turned into a plaza, covered in artificial turf, with stages for some of the 27 bands and DJs that will perform during the week. There will also be giant TV monitors to watch keynote speeches.

And to protect the plaza from inclement weather, Salesforce plans to cover it with a block-long, custom-made, inflatable tent made of acrylic-coated fabric, with holes covered in clear plastic to let in light.

In all, conference-goers have booked rooms in 90 hotels around the Bay Area Region. And there's a Tuesday night fundraising gala and concert headlined by Blondie and Green Day at AT&T Park."



(Excerpt) "You feel like you're at a business conference, but it's a cool business conference and there's music going on all the time" ...

The rise of cloud computing as a staple for business software has made Dreamforce one of the biggest, if not the biggest, conventions that San Francisco hosts annually ...

This year, Dreamforce sponsor Salesforce.com, the $3 billion San Francisco cloud computing giant, is expecting 120,000 people to register for the conference ...

Dreamforce's high-profile speakers and other celebrities give it a certain 'cool factor' ... This year, that list includes Facebook Chief Operating Officer and author Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, [Salesforce Chairman & CEO Marc Benioff, and Founder of The Chopra Foundation, Deepak Chopra] ...

Jillian's restaurant, at the convention area's epicenter, has been reserved exclusively for four days by one company, San Francisco cloud services firm Appirio."

Source: Dreamforce 2013 set for huge SF turnout




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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boston 617 Strong

The 2013 Boston Red Sox are World Champions of Baseball! Wait, what teams from other countries competed in the 2013 World Series? Still ...

USA USA USA !!

The original 617 telephone area code number is apparently included in the phrase "Boston 617 Strong" to honor the entire Boston, MA region ... to memorialize the people and area targeted earlier this year by terrorists.

Boston Marathon Finish Line Crowded After World Series Win

(Excerpt) "People in Boston were forced to deal with an unthinkable tragedy in the city ...
After the [World Series] win, Red Sox fans gathered at the Boston Marathon finish line ...
It was a great moment and really showed us exactly how sports can help communities heal."

Source: Sports Illustrated, 10.31.2013


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

California Hyperloop Transportation Plan

Transforming Transportation
(Excerpt) "... a system to carry passengers [and their vehicles] from Los Angeles to San Francisco, 382 miles or 615 km, in about 35 minutes — less than half the time it takes to fly between the two cities."
Source: TED Blog, 8.12.2013

On Topic:
Elon Musk: "Hyperloop Alpha" PDF
Maciej Ceglowski: "The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel" blog post

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Off-Peak Energy Storage

"Transformative"

Source: California PUC: mandated energy storage considered

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

34th America's Cup: the defender WINS


Source: America's Cup, September 25, 2013

Oracle Team USA
This American team has successfully defended the America's Cup by sailing their uber-grade AC72 racing catamaran better than anyone else in the world. The race totals were officially 9-8. Possession and privileges of the cup will remain with America -- until an American sailing team must defend it again during the 35th America's Cup Races. I am already looking forward to those races, those teams, and those boats.

Possibly Historic 34th America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand
This is the second place team; the finalist. And they only lost by ONE race. 17 total races were in the decision. This amazing team of crew and boat actually were the front-runners for many races. At one point New Zealand lead the regatta 8-1. After such a high-quality and athletic performance one can anticipate their continued high level of competition at the 35th America's Cup Races. Here's a favorable puff of wind in the direction of their sponsor for the 34th: Fly Emirates

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SF 2013 America's Cup: THE COMEBACK is complete

34th America's Cup Race Current Score: 8 ALL
First AC72 team to 9 races won -- wins !!
Source: Day 14 racing blog
This is not our grandfather's America's Cup. The Bay winds were approximately 25 MPH and the 72 foot long carbon-fiber catamaran AC72 sailing yachts reached speeds of nearly 60 MPH today.

Oracle Team USA has massively comeback from being down; 1 race won to 8 races won. Will THE COMEBACK be written into sailing history ??

Two Deserving Winners
Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle Team USA. One will have all the privileges that come while holding the America's Cup. The deciding Race 19 start is scheduled for (tomorrow) September 19, 2013 at 1:15PM PT on San Francisco Bay


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

SF 2013 America's Cup: New Zealand "half-a-degree" from Capsizing

A windy Race #8 on SF Bay's AC72 Race Area was won by Oracle Team USA. A pivotal moment in Race #8 was the near-capsize of New Zealand's AC72 catamaran racing yacht as the two crews battled at speed with their boats in close quarters on the racecourse. See photo here.

Skipper/helmsman Dean Barker of New Zealand's AC72
(Paraphrased quote post-Race #8) "... wasn't sure at the time exactly what degree angle my boat was tilted, but I am sure it felt like only half-a-degree more and she was going over."
Source: Original quote has been scrubbed from another blog that posted photos, descriptions, and reactions from Race #8.

Post-Race #13 Update:
Later in that race's scheduled day, Oracle Team USA won the re-sail of Race #13.
Earlier in that day, during a period with unusually light wind, the original Race #13 was abandoned because neither sailboat had been able to cross the finish line under the 40-minute official time limit.



Emirates Team New Zealand will Start Race #14 with 6 Match Points
Team New Zealand leads Team USA 8-3 officially. It is a first to earn 9 wins competition.
Note: To date, Team USA has won 5 races. However, 2 of those wins have been wiped out by penalties. Team New Zealand remains unpenalized of wins.

Opinion Article on Oracle Team USA Penalty
www.SailingSuttleButt.com

On Topic:
America's Cup: Racing Above Water, "The Sailors and Their Flying Machines"


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

America's Cup Yacht Racing

GETTING HERE
Source: America's Cup / San Francisco

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Brain-Training Video Game


Source: UCSF

NeuroRacer: 3-D Video Game
(Excerpt) "... after receiving just 12 hours of training on the game, spread over a month, the 60- to 85-year-old study participants improved their performance until it surpassed that of 20-somethings who played the game for the first time.

The training also improved the participants’ performance in two other important cognitive areas: working memory and sustained attention. And participants maintained their skills at the video game six months after the training had ended ...

'The finding is a powerful example of how plastic the older brain is,' said Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, UCSF associate professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center. Gazzaley co-founded the company, Akili Interactive Labs, which is developing the next generation of the video game ...

If the finding holds, it could have wide application. Other brain disorders like ADHD, depression and dementia are also associated with deficits in cognitive control."

Source: Training the Older Brain in 3-D: Video Game Enhances Cognitive Control


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