Video: Pasadena Firefighters “Fill The Pink Boot” to Raise Money for Huntington Hospital Breast Center

first_imgGiving Back Video: Pasadena Firefighters “Fill The Pink Boot” to Raise Money for Huntington Hospital Breast Center By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 4:11 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Firefighters took to the streets at the busy intersections of Lake and Cordova as well as the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Rosemead Wednesday morning to round up donations from motorists and passerby’s to help spread awareness and help those affected by breast cancer.The teams of firefighters and volunteers were an energetic and friendly force as they each waved a custom pink boot to encourage easy donating as the city celebrates breast cancer awareness movement known as Pasadena Goes Pink.“Breast cancer is important to us because there’s one in nine women diagnosed with breast cancer and I have eight female firefighters in this department so I look around at my sisters and I think, ‘man, it could be one of us’. Raising awareness and starting the conversation about breast cancer awareness is really important not only to me as a female firefighter, but to the community,” said Pasadena Fire Fighter and Pasadena Goes Pink Organizer Danae La Trobe.A team of approximately 25 volunteers and firefighters set out on the intersections walking across the busy streets and donned their highly visible “turnouts” uniforms and a pink boots ready to be filled with independent donations.The passerby’s in Pasadena have been extremely generous. Our firefighters have been walking up and down the streets asking for donations and it’s just been a great event today,” said La Trobe.One hundred percent of donations received go into a special fund that provides breast cancer patients and survivors in the community with services who cannot afford them.“We’re asking for donations to donate to our charity which is Huntington Hospital’s Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center,” said La Trobe.The PFD raised $20,000 last year through a series of events with primary funding from direct donation and merchandise sales and through a partnership with California Pizza Kitchen that hosts a side-by-side serving fundraiser event.“This year we hope to increase our sales,” said La Trobe.To find out more about Pasadena Goes Pink, visit https://www.facebook.com/pasadena.pink?fref=ts Business News Subscribe Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Families flock to high-end Brisbane enclave

first_imgThe kitchen area at 96 Nelson Street, Corinda. What a place to relax at 96 Nelson Street, Corinda.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mr Evenden said the new owner loved the home’s size and quality.“Being a large colonial home on a large block it attracted a lot of family buyers,” he said.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom property provided plenty of room for the residents to spread out.“It’s a beautifully presented home, a big block of land at 910sq m, and with a beautiful pool out the back,” he said. 96 Nelson Street, Corinda Brisbane Qld 4075Family buyers are seeking substantial, high-end homes in the enclaves of Corinda, says Ray White Sherwood selling agent, Jackson Evenden.Mr Evenden and co-agent Cameron Crouch secured $1.85 million for 96 Nelson St, Corinda, at its October 7 auction. The home at 96 Nelson Street, Corinda. The bathroom at 96 Nelson Street, Corinda.Mr Evenden said local inquiry had been strong.“The majority of people coming through were locals looking to upsize but stay in the area. There’s not a lot of turnover in this pocket so anything that comes on we do expect a lot of inquiry,” he said.“There’s been a lot of growth in the last 12 months with the average house price going up fairly dramatically,” Mr Evenden said.“Every open home we have we’re seeing a lot of people come through,” he said.last_img read more

Badgers fall to Hawkeyes in OT

first_imgSenior guards Rae Lin D\’Alie and Teah Gant played their final regular season home game against the Hawkeyes, falling 68-60 in overtime.[/media-credit]With the Big Ten tournament looming next weekend in Indianapolis, it was easy to forget the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (20-9, 10-8) had one more game remaining on the schedule.Unfortunately for the Badgers, Iowa (17-12, 10-8) did not, as the Hawkeyes came out victorious in a 68-60 overtime triumph Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.Sunday afternoon was the Badgers’ Senior Day, as guards Rae Lin D’Alie and Teah Gant were honored. However, once the game began, the Hawkeyes were all business.Wisconsin scored the first six points of the game, but held its biggest lead at only the 18:25 mark in the first half. Iowa was able to close out the half on a 12-0 run, culminating with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to enter halftime up 33-21.“We were settling for jump shots,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said of the Badgers’ first half troubles. “Our last six shots of the first half were all deep, shorter shots. The ball was not going inside, we were not attacking the paint and that put our defense on its heels.“The way we executed offensively, and we talked about being decisive and disciplined offensively, trying to get action toward the basket, that’s when we’re at our best. And it allows us to get back on defense. We were taking deep shots in the corner, settling for outside jump shots, quick shots.”Iowa’s shooting performance was especially impressive in the first half, in which the Hawkeyes shot 41.9 percent from the field and 55.5 percent from behind the arc. Iowa was led by sophomore guard Kamille Wahlin and junior guard Kachine Alexander, who contributed 20 and 19 points, respectively.“Iowa is an unbelievable shooting team,” Stone said. “You all watched the game and I watched it too, and I thought we did a very good job and had a very valiant comeback down in the second half to push it to overtime. They made some tough shots.”For the Badgers, D’Alie ended her regular season on a high note, leading the team with 15 points, along with seven assists and six rebounds.Gant, meanwhile, contributed seven points and seven assists. Junior forward Tara Steinbauer also added 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Anya Covington recorded her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.With a 12-point halftime deficit, Wisconsin came out stronger on offense and defense in the second half. From the field, the Badgers shot 40.7 percent and converted 42.9 percent from 3-point range, both significant increases from the first half. Meanwhile, the Hawkeyes shot only 30.8 percent from the field.After trailing by as many as 13 with 16:57 left to play, Wisconsin rebounded to cut the lead to 48-41 on a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Jade Davis with 7:58 remaining. With an ensuing 9-2 run, the Badgers tied the game at 50 with just over six minutes on the clock.“We talked at halftime about adversity facing us,” Stone said. “We took better shots; we made a runback; we played better defense in the second half. We rebounded the basketball. We addressed those issues. What we challenged our team to do in the second half, they did.”Four minutes later, however, Iowa once again held a 6-point lead after two 3-pointers. After cutting the lead to 56-54 with 1:14 remaining, time appeared to be running out. Still down two with only 20 seconds left, Wahlin was fouled to stop the clock and made her first and only trip to the free throw line for a 1-and-1. The 10th-leading scorer in the Big Ten and a 90 percent free throw shooter, Wahlin missed from the line, giving Wisconsin a shot.On the rebound, Iowa’s Morgan Johnson was called for a foul on Covington, sending the sophomore to the line with a chance to tie the game. Covington did just that, and the game went into overtime with the score even at 56.“Being down, just battling back and really believing in our system, it was working,” D’Alie said. “We were helping earlier on defense and forcing them to take contested shots; [that] was one of the adjustments that I think helped majorly.”D’Alie opened the extra period with an easy layup to give the Badgers their first lead since 14:04 in the first half. However, the Hawkeyes responded with a 7-0 run and Wahlin provided the dagger with a running, off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock was expiring with 37 seconds remaining.Holding a 63-58 lead, Iowa withstood a basket by Covington and made its free throws to seal the victory.“Wahlin hit some tough shots in overtime that were kind of back-breakers,” D’Alie said. “The three she hit, I couldn’t believe it went in. It was just the way the ball dropped and we laid it out there tonight and just happened not to get it.”Friday evening, the Badgers will begin postseason play in the Big Ten tournament as a No. 4 seed. Wisconsin will play No. 5 Purdue, a team with which they split the season series.last_img read more

UAAP: Kouame drops 33 as Ateneo crushes FEU for share of no. 1

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Blue Eagles played without suspended Thirdy Ravena and Mike and Matt Nieto, who are both down with dengue, but Angelo Kouame stepped up to help them tie Adamson at the top spot with 7-2 records.Kouame had a monster performance with 33 points and 27 rebounds, 14 of which came under the offensive glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Tamaraws, meanwhile, missed the services of Arvin Tolentino, who is serving a two-game ban, and slid to a third-place tie with La Salle at 5-4.Ateneo avenged their 63-60 first round loss to the Tamaraws. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Richard Escoto had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Tamaraws. Both teams were still level after the first quarter at 16, but the Blue Eagles upped the pressure broke away, leading 34-22 heading into the break.FEU managed to string together a 6-0 run at the start of the fourth to trim the deficit to 14, 62-48, but the Blue Eagles powered through down the stretch and regained stability a 21-point lead, 77-56, after Kouame’s bucket with 2:27 remaining.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the team just took what the FEU defense gave and that was to dump the ball inside to Kouame who had the space after the Tamaraws closed in on the Blue Eagles’ shooters.“We took advantage of the opportunity because FEU locked down on our shooters and that left Ange wide open for offensive rebounds,” said Arespacochaga. “Credit not only goes to Ange but also to our shootersAnton Asistio aided Ateneo’s offense with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic Despite the absence of its key cogs, Ateneo still dominated Far Eastern, 82-62, in their second round meeting in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ANGER AS RECRUITMENT FOR SENIOR DIETICIAN POST YET TO START

first_imgPearse Doherty TDDeputy Pearse Doherty has reacted angrily to confirmation from the HSE that formal approval to commence recruitment to fill a Senior Dietician Post in Donegal has not yet been granted, despite the position having been sanctioned as part of the HSE Service Plan for 2016.The confirmation comes following a Dáil Question tabled by Deputy Doherty in which he called on the Minister for Health to give a timeframe for when he expected that the position would be filled.The HSE has now confirmed that the formal notification needed to begin recruiting for the vacancy has not yet been given, meaning that the recruitment process has not yet got underway. Deputy Doherty said “A total of 36 posts were sanctioned under the HSE’s Service Plan for 2016 as part of the implementation of the Government’s Diabetes Cycle of Care Programme which began late last year.“These posts included community based diabetes nurse specialists, podiatrists and dieticians, and Donegal was to receive one of these Senior Dietician posts as part of these plans.“However, following months of patients having seen little or no progress in relation to this post being filled, I immediately raised the issue with the Health Minister and I demanded that he give a timeframe for when he expected that this position would be successfully recruited.“I have now received confirmation from the HSE that despite the fact that 18 Dieticians had been approved by the HSE across the state in order to support the Diabetes Cycle of Care Initiative, the formal notification from the Primary Care Division which is required to commence recruitment has still not be administered. “This means that even though the Programme to improve services for Type 2 Diabetes sufferers commenced in October last year, this positions, which has been identified as being required in order to implement the service here in Donegal, has yet to be filled.“In essence, not only is the post still vacant, but the formal notification needed to begin recruitment has not even been given yet.“Diabetes patient advocacy groups are naturally extremely concerned that this post hasn’t been filled, particularly here in Donegal where groups estimate that there are over 8,000 people living with diabetes, and they claim that many patients are not receiving sufficient care at present.“Patients have informed me that GPs delivering the Cycle of Care programme in Donegal are also extremely frustrated because they are unable to refer high risk patients to more specialised services, because there is no Dietician in place to treat referrals within the County.“At a time when there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of diabetes across this state, particularly Type 2 Diabetes, it is simply not good enough that treatment and symptom management is being left solely in the hands of primary practitioners. “In the coming days, I will once again be demanding answers from the Minister and an explanation as to why a Senior Dietician has yet to be recruited to serve Diabetes patients here in Donegal who clearly deserve better than what they are currently receiving in order to meet their long term care requirements.”ANGER AS RECRUITMENT FOR SENIOR DIETICIAN POST YET TO START was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Deputy Pearse DohertyDIETICIANdonegallast_img read more

Timo Meier explains ending to Game 3 from his vantage point

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceST. LOUIS — Timo Meier said he wasn’t sticking around to see if there was a change of heart.Around the time a few members of the St. Louis Blues were complaining to the two referees about what preceded Erik Karlsson’s overtime goal in Game 3 on Wednesday night, Meier and just about every other Sharks player had already made their way to the visitor’s dressing room at Scottrade Center.“At least the group I …last_img read more

Canada to share GIS know-how

first_img3 November 2005Canada is willing to share its Geographic Information System (GIS) expertise with South Africa.Canadian high commissioner Sandelle Scrimshaw told delegates from both countries at a GIS seminar in Pretoria on Wednesday that her country had amassed skills in research, development and technology and was willing to share with the rest of the continent.“We are keen to share these with South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world,” she said, adding that Canada viewed South Africa as a strategic partner for science and technology on the continent.“I know that our companies are also willing to collaborate with their African counterparts,” she said.Strategic partnershipDelegates met at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria to explore potential areas of co-operation in science and technology between the two countries.Earth observation and geosciences constitute strategic priorities for South Africa and play a crucial role in informing policy and decision making.GIS is a system that manages, analyses, and disseminates geographic knowledge.Throughout AfricaCanadian Director for Natural Resources Martin Aube said they had already embarked on earth science activities in other African countries such as Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique and Senegal.He said his country was also supporting African countries to address environmental challenges such as natural resource management and environmental impact assessment.General Director for the Canadian Space Agency Paul Engel said they used space to monitor areas at risk for malaria and other diseases.Space policySpace Affairs Advisor for the Department of Trade and Industry Mothibi Ramusi said South Africa was currently developing a space policy.He said there is a satellite centre at the Hartebeespoort that could help the country in terms of disaster management.Ramusi said Africa faced challenges of poverty and climate change and that the information and analysis GIS provided could help the continent to deal with these issues.He said that access to satellite data at an affordable rate was a problem. “Other challenges [are getting] operating licence and hardware costs as well as availability of basic information such as statistics,” he said.Monitoring toolHowever, Ramusi acknowledged that earth observation had societal benefits in terms of monitoring service delivery, especially in South Africa.“In South Africa, government is embarking on service delivery programmes so earth observation can be used as a monitoring tool in this regard,” he said.Ramusi recommended that the co-operation between South Africa and Canada focus on exchange programmes of domain experts and well as exposure to technological development relating to GIS.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Indiana Jones and the Mysterious Waterfall — Geocache of the Week

first_imgTraditionalGC3BH3Jby Valente Cruz SharePrint RelatedRaiders of the Lost Cache — Geocache of the WeekNovember 15, 2017In “Community”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”When a geocache is more like a theme park. — Dead Men Tell No Tales (GC46ZT4) — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 29, 2014In “Community” Location:Aveiro, PortugalN 40° 52.163 W 008° 11.409 Indiana Jones and the Mysterious Waterfall — Geocache of the Week, GC3BH3JDeep within the wild greenery surrounding Rio de Frades canyon in Portugal, this T5 cache may put you in Indy’s shoes—or, maybe his wetsuit.Many geocachers feel an affinity for Indiana Jones and imagine they’re on amazing adventures in exotic locations, retrieving ancient artifacts worth millions of dollars. In all reality, many geo-adventures are closer to grabbing a lamp post cache from a parking lot on the outskirts of town, but the thrill is still there!  Difficulty:2Terrain:5center_img Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More 1234567<> Those who brave this trek initially park at the Postman Trailhead, explore cache GCPZHC, then climb alongside the river until they reach the lagoon. Whatever your approach, it’s advised to bring at least 15 meters (50 feet) of rope, a helmet, and a wetsuit, because that water is COLD. Above all, don’t forget your waterproof pen. You won’t want to go through all this work for nothing!At the lagoon and waterfallThe container is located on the outside of the waterfall, but since you’ve come this far, shimmy up the slippery rocks and explore the tunnel behind the waterfall! This T5 is definitely challenging, but with 140 Favorite points and an 86% Favorite point rating, you know the effort is worth it. The cache page states: In order to complete the cache it is essential that they know how to swim well or, if not, they should wear a vest. As an alternative to swimming, you can climb the wall to the left of the waterfall and “uncork” next to it. You can also go down the river through canyoning, although the charm and challenge may be smaller than the climb.You must enter the tunnel behind the waterfall!It wasn’t until Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the fourth movie in the series, that we actually see our hero go over a waterfall. Although that movie takes place in South America, this homage in Portugal is a fantastic way to take your adventuring to a new level.last_img read more

Why Write Your Own Book When An Algorithm Can Do It For You?

first_imgTags:#Algorithm#artificial intelligence#books#play#writing adam popescu Phil Parker is unlike any writer you’ve ever met – or read for that matter. That’s because he doesn’t write most of his books. Instead, the trained economist uses sophisticated algorithms that can pen a whole book from start to finish in as little as a few minutes. The secret is sophisticated programming mimicking the thought process behind formulaic writing. It can take years to create these programs, but once completed, new books can be churned out in minutes. This method has led to Parker’s company – ICON Group International Inc – auto-writing more than a million titles, mostly nonfiction books on very specific subjects. But there’s poetry, too – see an example at right. (Parker says most poetry is governed by strict formulas.) He claims he’s basically applying 19th Century Taylorism to the publishing industry, emulating the famous auto manufacturer’s process.Parker’s work isn’t publishing’s first foray into auto-writing, but up until now, most, like companies like Chicago-based Narrative Science and North Carolina’s StatSheet, focused on short, formulaic sports and crime writing for newspapers, not full-length books.When ReadWrite spoke with Parker this week, he gushed about how much press he’s gotten of late – and how often they’d gotten his story wrong. Writing By The NumbersReadWrite: Tell me about the algorithm you created to auto-write books.  Phil Parker: The non-fiction algorithms and methodology are not original at all… The whole field is called econometrics. All the algorithms we did was mimic what economists have been doing for decades.In the 1990s I was working on reports where you had to do a lot of economic analyses and I realized that most of what an economist does is itself extremely formulaic in nature. With the advent of larger hard disks, Windows, RAM, a lot of that process could be reverse engineered and basically characterized by algorithms and be used in an automated fashion. The methodologies are extremely old, just like the methodologies of writing haiku poetry are very old. An Elizabethan sonnet is 14 lines – that is a line of code if you think of it that way. The code is constrained. So all genres, no matter what the genres are, are a form of constrained writing.ReadWrite: What kind of restraints?Phil Parker: There are constraints to the length of the book based on page formats and font sizes and the expectations of readers. There’s natural constraints that exist in all forms of writing. In the nonfiction area, the constraints are fairly understood by the people in that area. Small businesses doing import-export businesses, they do it for very narrowly defined products. They don’t do it for general products. That’s why for Amazon and elsewhere, all these titles we created, very arcane categories, and that’s because that’s what people actually do business in. Nobody does business in hardware parts, they do it in 6-inch copper screws. So for those businesses, to hire a consultant firm to say ‘Hey, can you give me a worldwide estimate of copper screws,’ the firm would go out and spend a month or two basically doing the job an economist and a couple of researchers do. Those people then pass off the editorial analysis to a group of people who do formatting and copy editing and graphic design, who then pass it off to another group of people who do metadata, covers, spines, all that. All we did is reverse engineer that. But the methodology to do that already existed before the books existed. ReadWrite: So it’s not a new form of writing?Phil Parker: I have not created any new way of writing. All I’m doing is writing computer programs that mimic the way people write. Going back to the Elizabethan sonnets, Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries created the 14-line iambic pentameter poem, where the rhyming pattern was ‘a-b, a-b, c-d, c-d, e-f, e-f g-g.’ G-g being a couplet at the end. By line 9 there has to be a turn in the poem, so there has to be a phrase like ‘yet’ or ‘but.’ The first line is typically a question, which acts as a title. All of them are 10 syllables in each line… they have to go in the rhythm of that pattern. If you do an analysis of sonnets, you’ll realize that about 10% of sonnets violate those rules. But they do it only in a very particular way. Even that formulation of violation is itself constrained… Once you have all of those rules you then write algorithms that mimic those rules. It’s a very different kind of philosophy from artificial intelligence.All About The AlgorithmReadWrite: Tell us about that algorithm.Phil Parker: We created a system which we think mimics the human mind… The truth is, if you step back far enough, all of literature is highly formulaic, not just romance novels. Some of the genres are so forumalic that the publishers of those genres tell the potential writers how to write the books themselves.ReadWrite: What do you mean by formulaic?Phil Parker: A genre is defined by formula. What’s interesting across genres, often you find the same formulas taking place in little twists, which throw them squarely in a different genre. But the twist is minute. A romance book can become a thriller by rearranging certain components of it. In essence, formulas of genres have patterns in them which overlap with each other. Think of a Venn diagram, and the intersection between them. The more genres intersect with each other, the more likely that recurring patterns can be observed. We started using this graph theoretic approach to write dictionary definitions. I have this thing called Webster’s Online Dictionary… I turned my algorithms on generating dictionaries… using cluster analysis and graph theory combined. It algorithmically mimicked what a lexicographer should do if they had access to such a large data base. The process involved first creating the linguistic graph that defines language and all of the relationships between words and the phonetics behind the language. ReadWrite: Does it really take 20 minutes to auto-write a book?Phil Parker: It could take 2-3 years to set up the algorithms, but once you’ve got it, the software has now been fully coded. Once you decide to write one on [a particular] topic, it only takes 20-30 minutes… I think the slowest one might take an hour or two, the fastest 4 to 10 minutes. ReadWrite: How much does it cost to produce?Phil Parker: The cost could be the equivalent of 2-3 man years of programmer time, and maybe an analyst or editors that might be required on that project… could be $200,000 to $500,000 to set up a genre. ReadWrite:  How many books have you written by hand versus with the algorithm? Phil Parker: The ones I wrote by hand were academic books – they were like MIT press – it wasn’t using algorithms. So 6 of them. And more than 1,000,050 titles using automation. It’s a moving target by the hour… we put a lot out of print because they’re dated after 2 or 3 years because they’re statistical analyses… You cull the catalogue so to speak.Humans Vs. MachinesReadWrite: What’s the big difference between human writing and machine writing?Phil Parker: There’s the classic turing test about a conversation with a robot: Can you tell the difference between a robot and a real human who’s conversing with you? Is there something different about these topics? I don’t think anybody would look at our crossword puzzle books and say, ‘Oh my gosh, a computer wrote this,’ because most crossword puzzles are so formulaic that you would expect it to be formulaic… If people find it useful to be in a formulaic format, so much the better. The goal isn’t to sound better than an author. The goal is to deliver something useful to people. That’s the end of it, no more. Otherwise, why bother doing it? ReadWrite: So are human authors replaceable?Phil Parker: Bloggers that we talked about earlier who read 3 different articles, read a Wikipedia page… those people can be replaced with computer algorithms, because they’re doing formulaic work. What you’re doing right now is not formulaic. Because you’re probing, you’re going to the depths of it.There’s been in the last 2 weeks about 10 articles written about what I’ve done and none of them talked to me about it. They’re all copy and pasting from each other. I think it’s very a interesting observation that they’re using a formulaic method to deliver content and put their name on a byline, when in fact they’ve done a formulaic cut-and-paste. I would call those kinds of articles low on the creativity front.  Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 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MFLN “Network News” – November 2017

first_imgWelcome to the November edition of MFLN Network News! It has been a busy fall in the world of the MFLN. Check out some of the highlights …Military family service providers and Cooperative Extension professionals joined the Personal Finance concentration area throughout the month of September for the 30 Days of Savings Challenge. Over the course of the challenge, participants received weekly savings messages and joined Facebook Live check-in sessions while working towards a savings goal of $100. On October 10, Dr. Michael Gutter hosted a discussion session to recap savings strategies and lessons learned. Missed it? Check out the recording.The MFLN also hosted its inaugural virtual conference September 26-29. This free four-day virtual learning and networking experience brought together professionals working with military service members and their families to discuss “Learning through Change”. The keynote and session recordings are now available on the conference homepage.There was significant interest throughout the week in opportunities to continue the conference conversation. If you are interested in additional discussion and activities around the theme of professional and organizational change, please share your thoughts and ideas with us at a planning meeting scheduled for November 16 at 1:00 pm Eastern in our APAN Connect system. Initial ideas include working out loud groups and virtual networking activities to support professionals grappling with change in their workplaces. To register for the session, visit the event page.You can check out all upcoming and archived progressional development sessions as well as subscribe to our monthly programming update here.last_img read more