Rotech cuts the ribbon on Friday

first_imgLAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director Christie Elkins and staff along with others welcomed Rotech to the Chamber on Friday morning.Rotech is at 240 West Central Avenue across the street from the First Baptist Church of La Follette,Rotech is here to help patients manage their treatment and care at home with high-quality medical products, services, and customer care.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 10/07/2019-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S ANN RUTHERFORD)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Dutch design lab blends naturalistic and futuristic

first_img This Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” in New York. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP) This Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” in New York. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP) This Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” in New York. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP) This Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” in New York. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP) This Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” in New York. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP)center_img This Sept. 28, 2017 photo provided by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, shows an Installation view of “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” in New York. (Matt Flynn/Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum via AP) Laarman and his team of computer scientists, engineers and craftsmen seem at first glance to get their inspiration from the past, with designs reminiscent of Art Nouveau or even rococo. “Gradient Lounge” is a generously sized chaise with voluptuous curves 3-D-printed from polyamide nickel and copper, with matching upholstery, 3-D-knit of silk, mercerized cotton and Merino wool. “Bridge Table,” the sleek show-stopper of aluminum and tungsten carbide that greets visitors in the main part of the exhibit, resembles a smooth, silver-colored tree, with four trunk-like legs that separate into branches and extend to support a gleaming, flat surface.But there’s nothing old-fashioned about these works.They are not inspired by nature so much as designed using actual mathematical principles of nature — algorithms drawn from plants, say, or multi-celled organisms. These algorithms are used to design the works created using 3-D printers or, in the case of the footbridge, using 3-D-printing robots invented by the team. Then the pieces are finished using a combination of high-tech and artisanal methods, such as binding the exteriors with nickel, copper or steel, or handcrafting elements out of wood.“The emphasis is on experimentation, and on looking to biology and physics for design inspiration,” explains Andrea Lipps, assistant curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, who oversaw the exhibit.Videos shown throughout the show help explain how the pieces were made and are crucial to understanding the works, since the techniques are so new, some of them only recently invented by the studio.“When people saw our exhibit in Holland, they got very emotional, and some of them even cried. The future can feel like a very scary place,” says Laarman, a soft-spoken 37-year-old who was in New York for the opening of the show.“Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age” will remain on view at the Cooper Hewitt through Jan. 15. It will then travel to The High Museum of Art in Atlanta (Feb. 18-May 13) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (June 17-Sept. 9). The show, organized by each museum with slightly different works, has been expanded and updated since it originated at the Groninger Museum, in Groningen, Holland, in 2015.Joris Laarman Lab, founded by Laarman in 2004 with filmmaker and partner Anita Star, uses processes as innovative as the designs themselves.“The waves of technology are accelerating rapidly,” Laarman says, referring to a timeline featured along one wall in the exhibit; it shows waves of technological advances alongside stock market rises and downturns, and includes moments in the foreseeable future, like the arrival of driverless cars. On the timeline, the industrial age has fallen away precipitously and the digital age is blasting off in new directions.Laarman is optimistic.“Digital technology is changing our lives at every level. It’s very exciting. No one really knows how this next phase is going to happen. But I think it may start a whole new wave of creativity,” he says.“Creativity is the one most important thing we can do as humans,” he adds. “This new technology will make it easier to make a living off creative ideas, and create a direct line between creators and the public.”There is a tension in Joris Laarman Lab’s work between technology and traditional craftsmanship, and between ornamentation and function.The studio’s Heat Wave Radiator (acquired by the Cooper Hewitt, with functioning examples available for purchase), is made of concrete and is designed to be installed on the wall. It resembles some kind of industrial ivy, with each twist and curlicue adding to its efficiency as a heater.Currently, Laarman’s studio is at work producing the stainless steel bridge across a footbridge in Amsterdam using its own “MX3D” production method, which allows for 3-D printing in midair using robots. The technology opens the door to enormous 3-D-printed construction projects.A newly completed section of the footbridge, which has a soft, nubby texture like that of a handwoven rug, is on view.“Biotechnology and artificial intelligence are taking us to a very new phase,” Laarman says. NEW YORK | The first U.S. museum exhibit devoted solely to the experimental and futuristic work of Dutch design studio Joris Laarman Lab is now on view at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum here.The works — mainly furniture, along with an unusual radiator and a newly finished section of footbridge — tend to be curvy and organic in form, many resembling strange yet elegant life forms that have sprouted table legs and chair arms.last_img read more

Apple’s iWork Goes (Partly) Online

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple today announced an online component to its iWork productivity suite. This, however, is not the rumored online version of iWork we were hoping for, as it only allows you to share documents online through iWork.com. After you share a document through the newly released iWork ’08 desktop software, your friends and co-workers can comment and leave notes on your Keynote, Pages, or Numbers documents, though the documents themselves can’t be edited online. Apple is releasing this as a free beta today, and Phil Schiller announced this as “the beginning of a great new service,” which leads us to believe that Apple is indeed working on a more advanced online version of iWork.According to Schiller, iWork.com will work on all the major browsers, including Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Documents are not only viewable online, but can also be downloaded.Apple also announced a Keynote Remote iPhone app, that will be available in the App Store for $0.99, as well as major updates to its iWork and iLife suites. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Startup Hiring: The 10% Solution

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… tim devaney and tom stein Tags:#How To#start#StartUp 101#tips LinkedIn employees get a 24-hour gym. Twitter workers get free laundry service. Googlers get Japanese toilets with a cool “rear-cleansing” function. How can your startup compete with that? It’s not easy.When tech giants such as Facebook give their workers six-figure packages and everything up to and including free leather repair (leather repair?), a salary in the low 80s isn’t going to land you any elite tech talent. But you can still reel in good people – if you’re generous with your equity.“Pinterest can hire, Square can hire, Dropbox can hire – these companies have a clear demand for their products and are becoming market leaders,” explains Naval Ravikant, founder of startup advice site Venture Hacks. “Every other company must now give up 10% to their first key employees.”Ouch.That’s a large piece to break off to someone who wasn’t there back when your company didn’t have two iPhones to rub together. But you don’t have a choice if you want top-flight people. Offer them a big chunk of equity, or they’ll go to a company that’s actually selling its products – and where half of 1% is more likely to one day be worth some real money.“You must treat early hires like late founders, or you won’t be able to hire until you get market traction,” Ravikant warns. “If a company has no clear evidence of customer demand and the founders own 30%, 40%, 50% apiece, and they want to offer their first employees half a percent, that’s ludicrous, because they don’t have anything yet of any great value. Potential employees, at least the good ones, aren’t interested. They’d rather start their own companies.”Which is now fairly easy to do. If you have a good idea, money is there for the taking. Need $25,000 for product development? No problem. Join an incubator. Need the next $100,000? Easy. Investors now follow incubators with automatic notes.“That means everyone and their brother who you would normally hire is now starting a company,” says Ravikant (who himself founded Epinions and Vast.com).You’d think entrepreneurs would get the message. But many are not. The industry clings to its old rules: VCs get about 30% of equity, founders get 60% and the entire employee pool gets maybe 10%. And a chair massage.Ravikant also runs AngelList, which pairs entrepreneurs with angel investors. The site just launched a recruiting service for startups, where it asks companies to state how much salary and equity they’re offering to employees – and Ravikant says he still sees a “huge disparity” in the range.“Some companies are offering $80,000 and 0.1%, and others are offering $80,000 and 10%. The pricing is all over the place. But when push comes to shove, the company offering 10% equity will absolutely get the better hire. Close the equity gap, and hiring will get a lot easier,” Ravikant suggests. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

May 12 2003 PUBLIC RESTROOMS 2 Work on on the pu

first_imgMay 12, 2003PUBLIC RESTROOMS 2: Work on on the public bathrooms continues. Struts have been placed on the wall to keep the utility lines in place. The black vertical pipe is the main outlet from the floors above. It is made of cast iron to keep noise to a minimum. Several closet carriers have been installed. [Photo & text: sa] Each ‘closet carrier’ acts as a splitter for 3 toilets. [Photo & text: sa] A bracket for each toilet will be cast into the concrete. The toilets will actully be suspended as seen here. [Photo & text: sa] Utilities manager Scott Riley fastens a bracket. The pipes were pressure tested to see if there are any leaks. The trenches have been filled with first sand and then gravel. [Photo & text: sa] This little machine compresses the sand and gravel. [Photo & text: sa] The handicap bathroom floor will be the first to be poured. The area is outlined in red, middle of the photo. [Photo & text: sa] This white tubing is a hotwater line that will be cast into the floor. The line comes straight from the waterheater and cycles back to the heater. In winter a warm floor will be a welcome feature. To be continued. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Rep Afendoulis sponsors Greek Independence Day Resolution

first_img Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News 22Mar Rep. Afendoulis sponsors Greek Independence Day Resolution State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township, sponsored House Resolution 47 of 2019, declaring March 25, 2019 Greek Independence Day in the state of Michigan.Greek Independence Day celebrates Greece’s successful war of independence against the Ottoman Empire between 1821 and 1830. The resolution notes the concept of democracy being developed by the ancient Greeks and that the Founding Fathers of our country were influenced by the political and philosophical principles of ancient Greece.Furthermore, it explains how Greece and the U.S. have long been allies and quotes Winston Churchill, who said, “If there had not been the virtue and courage of the Greeks, we do not know which the outcome of World War II would have been” and “No longer will we say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.”“These are among the many reasons I’m proud of my heritage, and proud of contributions of the Greek-American community to our state and this nation,” Afendoulis said.The resolution was adopted Wednesday, March 20 by the Michigan House of Representatives. Complete language can be viewed on the Michigan Legislature’s website at www.legislature.mi.gov.Rep. Afendoulis serves the people of Michigan’s 73rd House District, which includes City of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Grand Rapids, Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, and Spencer.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis delivers a speech on the House floor Thursday regarding her resolution to declare March 25, 2019 Greek Independence Day in the state of Michigan.last_img read more

Production company FremantleMedia UK has launched

first_imgProduction company FremantleMedia UK has launched a new digital division combining the former Talkback Thames digital team with Screenpop, the group’s innovation and mass participation unit.The new division, FremantleMedia UK Interactive, will be headed by Peter Cassidy, former managing director of Screenpop. Cassidy, who will join the company’s editorial board in the UK, will report to Christian Grobel, FemantleMedia UK’s director of strategy and operations.The new division will focus on driving audience engagement with existing and new formats, building on the success of interactive apps such The X Factor’s play-along Tap to Clap. The division will work with FremantleMedia UK Labels and FremantleMedia Enterprises to develop interactive formats and entertainment concept with a focus on mobile and second screen applications, direct to consumer transactions, social media and games. The Screenpop brand will continue as a sub-label of FremantleMedia UK Interactive.last_img read more

For those of us who wondered if clearer more det

first_img“For those of us who wondered if clearer, more detailed TV pictures would be enough to convince more than the geeks among us to upgrade their TV kit, the answer seems to be ‘yes’.”The old mantra ‘content is king’ has taken a bit of a beating in the age of the internet. The quality of the content on the web has often underwhelmed, but in today’s always-on culture the capability of the technology platforms – Facebook, Amazon or Skype – to offer faster, cheaper and more connected ways to do all kinds of things from shopping to swapping photos has captured people’s imaginations.In much the same way, for those of us who wondered if clearer, more detailed TV pictures would be enough to convince more than the geeks among us to upgrade their TV kit, the answer seems to be ‘yes’.  High-definition TV used to be lauded as the way to watch nature documentaries and sport, but more and more types of programming are now being shot in HD, and the appetite for it looks to be on a roll across the US and Europe, where pay-TV operators see HD as a way to differentiate their services. But it is not just the big established markets that are embracing it. Increasingly HD is being seen as one of the next big growth engines for pay-TV in South America and even in India.In the case of one established player, BSkyB, the take up of HD has been stunning. The UK’s biggest pay-TV operator has very cleverly positioned its HD boxes as a DVR upgrade, implementing a radical cut in the HD DVR price from £199 (?229) to £49. Sky has also trumped other UK distribution platforms with the sheer number of HD channels on offer; the current Sky HD line-up comprises 34 channels, including the new ESPN sports channel added in August. As to its competitors, free-to-air digital platform Freeview suffers from spectrum constraints and HD on Freesat will cost programmers money with no way to recoup the costs from viewers. Cable operator Virgin Media will only be able to match Sky’s HD offer if it gets a positive result from Ofcom’s ongoing pay-TV review.Sky’s total HD base has grown 69% from 799,000 subscribers in January to 1,313,000 by the end of June. Enders Analysis expects that Sky could add 500,000 more HD box subscribers by the end of 2009 and that HD could represent 25% of all Sky subcribers by the end of 2010. Likely taking a leaf from its sister company in the UK, the newly-named Sky Deutschland has decided to order only HD set tops from supplier Pace. As usual, News Corp, which now controls 40% of Sky Germany, is betting on live sport and a better pay-TV experience. HD is a big part of that bet.But Sky Deutschland is not alone. According to Pace, pay-TV operators the world over are embracing HD as the way to differentiate their systems quickly. “What we are seeing globally is that operators are seriously considering not bothering with SD any more,” says Neil Gaydon, CEO of Pace.In the first half of 2009 Pace saw 57% of its revenues from HD sales and expects that to rise so that for the year some 80% of revenues will be from HD-enabled products. Of Pace’s 90 products, some 60% of them are now HD-capable and that proportion is set to rise.The falling cost of HD boxes has also helped push the technology to the forefront. DirecTV recently reported that its first HD boxes, ordered two and half years ago, cost US$500 (?575) each. That per-box price is now less than US$200.As governments around the world turn off analogue TV services, HD is going to be the choice a lot of people make as they upgrade to digital. The other big consideration is consumer appetite for HD-ready flat panel TVs for aesthetic reasons.Clearly standard-definition TV is not yet dead: US satellite pay-TV provider DirecTV still sells a lot of standard-definition boxes, but bear in mind that DirecTV homes have an average of 2.9 set-tops. It is likely that subscribers’ main rooms will be HD-equipped today, with standard-definition boxes elsewhere. Cable operator Comcast in the US also buys a lot of basic, stripped down set-tops that are standard-definition only.But the economics seem pretty clear. An MPEG-4-based standard-definition DVR just won’t make financial sense for much longer. And with consumers looking to upgrade to digital there is a land-grab opportunity for pay-TV providers. HD is one of the ways to make their service look more attractive.The prospects for high-definition TV are compelling. HD boxes can also accommodate the type of 3D pictures (with special glasses) that Sky in the UK has said will be on offer from 2010. But perhaps more importantly, many HD boxes also have an Ethernet connection, allowing delivery of broadband services to the TV. In France Canal Plus has already started offering an HD set-top with on-demand content delivered via the Ethernet connection. For the user, the on-screen transition from broadband-delivered content to broadcast-delivered content is pretty seamless. The box is also cool: it’s black and white with an Apple iPod look and feel.So is HDTV the next big thing? The picture seems only to be getting clearer.Kate Bulkley is a broadcaster and writer specialising in media and telecommunications. tellkatenow@aol.com.last_img read more