In this weekend’s Donegal Daily gardening column, I recommend five herbaceous perennials that you need for summer 2019.The world of plants has always fascinated me from a very young age. From knee-high, I was out working with them and since then my passion and interested has just developed.I had the wonderful opportunity last weekend to talk about one of my favourite topics ‘Native Trees and Shrubs’ at the Clare Garden Festival. Advertisement This column, I discuss some herbaceous perennials that have really caught my eye over the last year or so.Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ Pincushion blue flowers spring out of the base on lengthy stalks. A haven for wildlife especially butterflies and bumblebees. This hardy herbaceous perennial will continue throughout the summer months once deadheading is carried out. Advertisement Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ Foliage is back on trend and this Tetrapanex certainly has it in abundance. Large lobed leaves that appear soft to the touch add volume and structure to your herbaceous border. Works very well as a backdrop for your showy herbaceous perennials. Semi-evergreen and I recommend it’s protected from any heavy frost during the winter months.Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ Hardy wallflower. This cracking wallflower produces spikes of mauve flowers, which often have a sweet fragrance, from its pale dusty green canopy. Similar to the Scabiosa, once deadheading is carried out on a regular basis throughout the summer, will help extend the flowering. A short living perennial but that will definitely add a splash of colour for a few summers.Centaurea Montana ‘Amethyst in Snow’ An unusual looking flower. You can see where it gets its name, a deep purple centre to the flower with white outer edges. A long pale dusty green lanceolate leaves contrast quite nicely with this. If you are looking for something a little different for the garden this summer, this it. Euphorbia x martini ‘Ascot Rainbow’ Variegated foliage that tinges pink on the growth contrasts well with the long spikes that the bracts and flowers are produced. As said previously foliage is on trend and this is a real catcher. Similar to the Tetrapanex works well as a backdrop for more showy perennials or to add density to your bordersThese plants are all available at Gallinagh Finn Valley Nursery Ltd. in Stranorlar. We offer experienced, knowledgeable and qualified advice so call into us and see our wonderful stock currently available. https://www.facebook.com/Gallinagh-Finn-Valley-Nursery-LTD-366769926684423/Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture Consultant is delivering a number of talks/courses in the next few weeks: https://www.facebook.com/conorgallinaghhorticulture/ Organic Vegetable Growing Seminar at The Donegal Organic Centre in Convoy House, Convoy.This is a one day seminar covering all aspects of organic vegetable growing, further details available on my Facebook page.Hobby Gardening Course at The Ray Community CentreThis course starts on Tuesday, the 7th of May and runs for 8 weeks. Starting at 19:00 – 21:00.Other events are been added weekly so keep an eye out on Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture Consultant Facebook for more details.Happy Gardening!Conor GallinaghBAgrSc, Horticulture, Landscape, & Sportsturf ManagementMCIHort Website: https://conorgallinagh.com/Email:[email protected] Gardening: Five Herbaceous Perennials for Summer 2019 was last modified: May 4th, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare 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)
This just in: Aldon Smith has declared “Happy birthday to me.”Smith turned 30 on Wednesday and celebrated with the Instagram post above. He has a right to be proud of himself if indeed we can take the words in his post to heart.That would …
(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 As scientists continue to find incredible diversity in the smallest of organisms, realizations of all we’ve been missing are changing conceptions of life.Microbes: they live in and on us, and all around us – in the soil, in the air, and deep in the earth and seas. “How many microbes are hiding among us?” Science Magazine asks. It’s been hard to know, because most cannot be cultured in the lab. New sequencing technologies are starting to shed light on the “dark matter” of the living world, as EurekAlert termed it in a Department of Energy press release reprinted by Astrobiology Magazine. Eddy Rubin, leading a discovery initiative for the DOE, likens it to a new Lewis and Clark Expedition into unexplored territory.“Microbes are the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth,” said Tanja Woyke, DOE JGI Microbial Program Head and senior author on the Nature publication. “They occupy every conceivable environmental niche from the extreme depths of the oceans to the driest of deserts. However, our knowledge about their habits and potential benefits has been hindered by the fact that the vast majority of these have not yet been cultivated in the laboratory. So we have only recently become aware of their roles in various ecosystems through cultivation-independent methods, such as metagenomics and single-cell genomics. What we are now discovering are unexpected metabolic features that extend our understanding of biology and challenge established boundaries between the domains of life.”One of the boundaries being challenged is the distinction between viruses and microbes. When you find a virus so large it contains more genetic material than some eukaryotes, how do you classify it? Elizabeth Pennisi writes for Science Magazine,“It’s like finding a sasquatch,” says Elodie Ghedin, a virologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. That’s one of the amazed reactions to the discovery, reported on page 281, of two new viruses with by far the largest genomes ever seen in a virus, including one that’s bigger than the genomes of some parasitic eukaryotes. The virologists in France who unearthed the massive viruses—the biggest one is 1 micron long, a hundred times the size of many viruses—suggest that their finds challenge the longstanding view that viruses don’t qualify as life.“It is clear that the paradigm that viruses have small genomes and are relatively simple in comparison to cellular life has been overturned,” says Curtis Suttle, a virologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. The genome of one of the viruses is 1.91 million DNA bases long, while the other runs 2.47 million bases. That dwarfs some bacterial genomes and edges into the eukaryotic realm….This means that the division of life into archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes may be up for revision again. Efforts to sequence genomes of unknown microbes so far have only been a drop in the bucket, there’s so much more out there to discover.Another thing this means is that our planet is awash in coded genetic information. From the bottom of the sea to the edge of space, Planet Earth is the information planet! No other place we know has instructional code to build organisms that function with respiration, digestion, reproduction and all the other functional systems that separate life from nonlife, but Earth has it in super-abundance.Creationists and intelligent design advocates would expect our Privileged Planet to be the Information Planet – and so it is. Functional information, possessing purpose, complexity, and integration, does not emerge from rocks. It is the organization of the raw materials into information that sets it apart from everything else we know in the universe. Creationists would also expect the information to be organized into a system with hierarchical organization, networks and functional interactions from the micro to the planetary scale – and so that is, too. The information in viruses is part of that system. Most viruses are beneficial; the few that are “virulent” are products of the curse due to sin, Biblical creationists believe.Ariel Anbar might try to make “the case for alien life” (Arizona State press release) but it is illogical to extrapolate a position from one instance. “Is life a universal phenomenon, a planetary process just like plate tectonics?” Anbar asks. “Or is life some weird statistical fluke?” That’s a false dichotomy. From our universal experience with intelligent causes, we can deduce – whether alien life is discovered or not – that life is the product of an intelligent cause. From other signposts we can narrow down the nature and identity of that Cause. Hint: it is not a blind, aimless process of natural selection. Follow the evidence where it leads, instead of the imagination of Creator-deniers.
Three to twoIn the three series that comprise Philander’s career, he has taken 51 wickets. Dale Steyn, easily the leading bowler in the ICC rankings, has picked up 34 in that time, meaning Philander has taken three wickets for every two that Steyn has captured. He also praised the rest of the Proteas’ bowling attack, saying: “This attack gives me the freedom to do what I need to do. We’ve got guys who can keep it tight, they keep a hold on the game and give me the chance to strike all the time and to put my skill on show. The 26-year-old Cape Cobras’ seamer has made an astonishing impact since he made his test debut against Australia in November 2011. On Monday, in the third test against New Zealand in Wellington, which ends on Tuesday, he reached 51 test wickets in only his seventh test. In the current season against New Zealand, Philander is a full 10 wickets ahead of the next highest wicket taker on either side, with 21 wickets to his name at only 14.09. His 6 for 44 in the Black Caps’ second innings in the second test in Hamilton helped South Africa to a big nine-wicket victory. 26 March 2012 In Dale Steyn, South Africa boasts the number one test bowler in the ICC rankings, and he has been there for some time. However, his position could soon come under pressure from a relative newcomer to test cricket – Steyn’s fellow new-ball bowler, Vernon Philander. Remarkably, considering that he is playing in only his seventh test, Philander has already picked up six “fifers”. His successive six-wicket hauls against the Black Caps also mark only the fourth time the feat has been achieved by a South African bowler, following in the footsteps of Syd Pegler, Hugh Tayfield and Makhaya Ntini. Career series His test average is a ridiculous 13.59. “It’s a special squad and a special bowling unit that we have. It’s all coming together.” The record for the fastest player to 50 test wickets belongs to Australia’s Charlie Turner, but his milestone was achieved in another era, way back in 1888, when average scores were far lower, batting pitches much less kind to batsmen, and wickets fell at far faster rates. In his first series against Australia, Philander led all wicket-takers with 14 wickets at an average of 13.92 in two matches. That included a haul of 5 for 15 in the first test in Cape Town as Australia were skittled for only 47 in their second innings. It is doubtful that Philander will maintain such amazing success throughout the duration of his career, but that is more a comment on today’s batsmen-friendly pitches than his ability with the ball. He has, however, set the stage for an exciting and very successful test career, despite his rather late start in the five-day international game. He is by no means an out-and-out paceman, but he possesses nagging accuracy and the ability to move the ball equally effectively away and into batsmen. He is also able to achieve above average bounce, which means plenty of nicks for the players fielding in the slip cordon. In the Proteas’ winning three-test series against Sri Lanka that followed, Philander was once again the leading wicket taker, despite missing the second test, which South Africa lost. He claimed 16 victims at only 12.62 and also captured 10 for 102 in the first test in Centurion, which South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs. “Bowling form is like batting form. If things go for you, you make sure you keep doing it (and) that’s what I’m doing,” Philander told reporters in Wellington. ICC bowling rankingsAlready, Philander is ranked ninth in the ICC test bowling rankings. And he has yet to complete his seventh test. ‘Bowling form is like batting form’ Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
30 October 2012 South Africa’s population grew by 15.5%, or almost 7-million people, in the space of 10 years to reach a total of 51.7-million in 2011, according to the country’s latest national census. The results of census 2011, released in Pretoria on Tuesday, show the country’s population standing at 51 770 560 in October 2011, when Statistics South Africa deployed over 150 000 enumerators, co-ordinators and supervisors in the country’s third population count since democratic elections were first held in 1994. The 2001 census had counted 44.8-million South Africans, a 10.4% increase over the 40.5-million counted in 1996.Population by province Gauteng province, the country’s geographically smallest but economically busiest province, has both the biggest and the fastest growing population, according to census 2011, with 12.2-million people counted in 2011 – a 33.7% increase over 2001, more than double the national average increase. In terms of population size, Gauteng is followed by KwaZulu-Natal (10.2-million people), the Eastern Cape (6.5-million), the Western Cape (5.8-million) and Limpopo province (5.4-million). In terms of rate of growth, however, the second-fastest growing province is the Western Cape, with a 28.7% increase over 2001, followed by Mpumalanga, whose population grew by 20% to 4.0-million in 2011. South Africa’s largest province by land area, the arid Northern Cape, is the country’s smallest by population size. However, the province did reverse its negative growth rate of -2% between 1996 and 2001, growing by 15.5% to 1.1-million people in 2011.Population groups According to census 2011’s breakdown by population group, there was little change from 2001, except for the white population decreasing from 9.6% to 8.9% of the total. Black South Africans constituted 79.2% of the country’s total population in 2011 (up from 79.0% in 2001), coloured South Africans made up 8.9% of the total (unchanged from 2001), and Indian/Asian South Africans made up 2.5% (unchanged from 2001). “Other” population group, not counted in 2001, made up 0.5% of the total in 2011.Languages When it comes to languages, isiZulu remains the most common home language, spoken by nearly 22.7% of South Africans (down from 23.8% in 2001), census 2011 found. IsiXhosa was the second-most spoken home language at 16.0% (down from 17.6% in 2001), followed by Afrikaans at 13.5% (up from 13.3%) and English at 9.6% (up from 8.2%). Sepedi is the home language of 9.1% of South Africans (down from 9.4% in 2001), followed by Setswana at 8.0% (down from 8.2%), Sesotho at 7.6% (down from 7.9%), and Xitsonga at 4.5% (down from 4.4%). SAinfo reporter
Do you consider yourself a book nerd and a geocaching connoisseur? If yes, then this HCue video was created just for you. Grab yourself some glue, a few cutting tools, and a thick book (of witchcraft and wizardry), and you’ll have all of the necessary tools to create your own “Chamber of Secrets!”What You’ll Need:Thick Book – Make sure it’s large enough to fit a logbook, Trackables, and other geocaching trinketsBox Cutter or X-Acto Knife* Saran WrapStraight-Edge RulerPencil or PenPower Drill – Optional but very helpfulWhite Glue/Water Mixture – 70/30 ratio mixturePaint brushBand-aids… Just in caseInstructions:Select a page near the beginning of the book and use Saran Wrap to cover that page, the pages before it, and the front cover. This saved page will be used later on in the process. Firmly hold down the remaining pages and brush the outer edges with the glue/water mixture. The Saran Wrapped pages should be protected from the glue mixture.Place some sort of heavy object on top of the book and wait for the glue to dry. This should take around 15-30 minutes.After the glue dries, open the book to the first glued page. Draw 1/2 inch border inside the page edges using a writing utensil and ruler. If you have a power drill, drill a hole in each corner of the border. Using the ruler and cutting tool, start carefully cutting through the layers. Safety always comes first (as you saw in the video) so take your time cutting!Cut until you reach the back of the book. Do not cut the back cover. Then remove stray paper debris.Brush the inside edges and top of of the cut-out pages with glue/water mixture.Carefully remove the Saran Wrapped pages that you set aside step #1 and placed the saved page right before the cut-out pages onto the wet glue mixture. Close book, add weight, and let dry for another 15-30 minutes.Cut through saved page.Your hollow book geocache is now complete! You know what to do from here. And if you don’t, go here.***These should only be used by adults with experience handling these tools. **These containers are placed commonly in libraries and other wonderful “book-filled” environments.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedA geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”28 Upcoming Mega-Events. 28 Reasons to Go. Coincidence? No.June 11, 2013In “Community”Here are 9 Geocaching Tools – What Else Should You Pack?February 6, 2013In “Community”
Until now, there has been no quick and simple way to embed a functional Tweet in a blog post. That is, most of us bloggers simply took a quick screenshot, uploaded the image and used that, meaning that users were left looking at the picture of functionality without any of the benefits – they couldn’t follow, retweet, reply or favorite a thing.Today, Twitter has released a new set of developer tools that will make it easier for bloggers and others alike to embed fully-functional Tweets on the Web, with WordPress leading the pack.According to the developer description, the new feature – called Web Intents – will “make it possible for users to interact with Twitter content in the context of your site, without leaving the page or having to authorize a new app just for the interaction.”Twitter had previously offered a way to embed Tweets with a feature called Blackbird Pie, but the resulting embed was lifeless. Users couldn’t interact with it in any way. The new feature allows users to interact with the embedded Tweet as if they were on Twitter’s website itself, even offering a mini-profile feature, similar to the Hovercard.Already, WordPress has offered an updated tool, writing that “Twitter Blackbird Pie Just Got Even Sweeter.” For WordPress users, the change will be immediate and automatic – all Tweets on WordPress.com blogs will display in the new format. For the rest of us, however, there is a little simple hacking required, though the how-to is fully detailed. We’d be surprised if a tool for doing this quickly and easily weren’t out and free on the Web by the end of the day.Now, this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t go getting that screenshot while you’re at it. The new feature works by referring to the Tweet by ID, which means that if the original poster deletes that Tweet, your embed will have nothing to show. Update: A Twitter spokesperson offered a clarification on this story, saying that “we have not released a way to embed Tweets on websites. We released a new API (Web Intents) that makes it possible to add interactive Reply, Retweet, and Favorite links to tools and widgets that display Tweets on the web. The first partner that implemented the API was WordPress with their Tweet Embed/Quote tool.” A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit mike melanson Tags:#news#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
Learn how to read and connect the effects nodes in ConnectFX, the node-based compositing environment in Autodesk Smoke 2013.ConnectFX is brand new to Smoke on the Mac. Smoke 2013 now has a retooled node-based compositor based on the workflow found in its big brother Flame. For those that don’t know, node-based compositing is the process of connecting effects tools in a procedural workflow. The workspace ends up looking like a flow graph of sorts where you can follow the path of video and effects from one tool to another and ultimately to the final result.Many other tools work with a node based system: Autodesk Flame, Nuke, and formally Shake. DaVinci Resolve also uses a node-based workflow for color grading. In contrast Adobe After Effects uses a layer based compositing workflow where one layer is placed on top of another. There are advantages to both ways of working. Smoke 2013 employs both layer-based compositing on the timeline with video tracks, and node-based effects work within ConnectFX.What’s in a node?Nodes are basically effects tools, like plugins, that you use to manipulate video in various ways. There are a large amount of tools that come with Smoke so the need for extra plugins is lessened. Smoke 2013 has multiple chroma-keyers, blurs, paint, stylize effects, damage effects, deform, color, and text nodes.Nodes have color-coded inputs and outputs on them, and depending on the type of effect it is, it may have some specialized inputs that are looking for specific types of video like Motion Vector or Z-Depth passes from a 3D application like Maya.Smoke 2013 Input/Output BreakdownKnow what each color symbolizes and you’ll better understand node input and outputs in Smoke 2013:INPUTS:RED = FRONTGREEN = BACKGROUNDBLUE = MATTE/ALPHAGREY = SPECIAL INPUT TYPE (Z-DEPTH, MOTION VECTORS)OUTPUTS:YELLOW = RESULTBLUE = MATTE/ALPHA OUTPUT The effects and composites that you can create within Smoke 2013 ConnectFX is almost limitless. Each node is very deep and has multiple uses. The GRADIENT node alone, has 4 different types of gradient effects. The BLUR node has 6 Blur styles with a custom bokeh option.Once you start connecting nodes and building up a composite, you will soon see how flexible and freeing node-based workflows are. Grant Kay from Autodesk has made a great introduction video which will help you see ConnectFX in action.TRY SMOKE 2013 FOR FREE!The Smoke Pre-Release Trial is currently ongoing and will be free and useable until September 15th 2012. You can download Smoke here:Smoke 2013 Pre-Release Trial. Making the Right ConnectionsIn Smoke 2013, you can connect any node to any other node. The openness of this type of workflow allows for some very complex and unique effects to be built quite easily. Because it’s node based, anywhere in the flow schematic that you want to place a node… you can. Just drop it in between one node and another. In this example the image is feeding a BLUR node, and then a TEXT node. The result is text on top of a blurred image.By placing a DEFORM node in between the BLUR & TEXT, the background image is now warped after it is blurred and the TEXT remains untouched. You can connect the inputs and outputs of the nodes in various ways:Draw a connection from an output of one node to the input of another.Hold SHIFT while placing a node in between 2 other nodes and it will automatically make a connection.Selecting a node and holding SHIFT+ALT will activate the arm connections with labels and can help make links easier.If you continue to hold ALT and tap the SHIFT key, the arm connection will cycle through the inputs.Hold ALT while moving one node towards another and “kissing” it. This will make the first connection, repeat to make more.
Placing an emphasis on lighting is one of the most effective ways to keep your production value high. The 4 lights on this list will allow you to not only light your film beautifully, but do it on a minuscule budget.Nearly every indie filmmaker will rent or buy a standard lighting kit for their productions (such as an Arri or Lowell kit). While these types of lighting kits are reliable and versatile, inexpensive consumer lights may also have a place in your production. Unlike traditional lighting kits, practical lights (that can be bought at places like Home Depot or Ikea) are often sold at a fraction of the cost of film lights, since they don’t have the same functionality built in. While the lack of functionality can seem like a big downside, you can often use the quirkiness of these lights to your advantage…and ultimately give your film a distinct look.It’s not just filmmakers on a budget that are known to make use of practical lights either. Many well established filmmakers (like David Fincher for example) are known for utilizing household lights or work lamps in order to achieve a desired effect. So if you’re looking to save a few bucks on your next production, or just want to try something new and different – these lights are for you:1. China BallsImage from Pasadena Daily PhotoNearly every lighting store or home furnishing store (such as Ikea) will sell these china balls, and generally they go for under $20. They emit a beautiful soft light that can be used as a key, fill, or even a background light and are extremely adaptable. For daytime use, you can switch to daylight balanced bulbs easily, which makes them such versatile and valuable tools much like the work lights above.They can be mounted on a light stand, used on a boom pole (for run and gun/walking scenes), or rigged up just about anywhere you can imagine. Many film lighting manufacturers now make more expensive “pro” versions of these lights that have a stronger ball (the cheap ones are made of paper), so if you want to use a light like this on multiple shoots, you might want to consider a more heavy duty version.2. Work LightsThese common construction lights can be bought at just about any hardware store for about $30, and considering the amount of power that they can generate they offer some of the best bang for the buck out there. You can buy these lights with tungsten or daylight balanced bulbs which makes them extremely versatile, and their strong output makes them fantastic options for demanding lighting situations such as night exteriors. These lights have been used in countless feature films (even large scale productions such as Fight Club), and are a must have for DPs on a budget.3. Energizer LED Folding Area LanternThese little light panels are a relatively new product and available at nearly any Target, Wal Mart, or supply store. They are often used for camping as a means to light up a completely dark area at night, and as such they well suited for use on a film set. The light quality and fall off from these little panels can be brilliant, and I generally find them to give a similar aesthetic to shooting with regular LED panels or at times even flourescent Kinos. I would suggest using these as a soft key or a fill light, as they do a great job of illuminating skin tones in a natural way.4. Clamp Flood LightsThese good old fashioned flood lights have been used for decades by filmmakers and photographers on a budget. They can be bought for as little as $9 (without the bulb) at your local hardware store, and much like the construction lights on this list, they offer a great solution for inexpensive high power output. You can use a single lamp as a high key (or add diffusion to it if you prefer), or combine multiple lamps to illuminate an entire room. There is a reason why these have been used for so many years, and it’s not just because they are cheap!Final Thoughts: Use What You NeedWhen approaching the lighting setup for any given project, you never want to take a one size all fits approach. Always carefully consider what the stylistic and creative needs are of your project, and of course what your vision is for the overall aesthetic. From there, you can start to build your kit in a way that is unique and specific to your project.Know of any other cheap practical lights? Share in the comments below.
This video was created by Josh from reTooled. Thanks for sharing!Want to take your Premiere Pro skills to the next level? Check out a few of our previous posts:15 Premiere Pro Tutorials Every Video Editor Should WatchThree Premiere Pro CC Shortcuts You Shouldn’t Edit WithoutThree Things You Need To Know About Premiere Pro CCWhat are your go-to Premiere Pro shortcuts? Let us know in the comments below. Dramatically increase your editing speed with these 10 lesser-known Premiere Pro shortcuts.Nothing improves editing speed more than using keyboard shortcuts. They can save you seconds here and there, but over the length of a project, keyboard shortcuts can save you hours (if not days) of editing time.Even if you already use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your video editing workflow, you might not know all of them. In the following video tutorial created by reTooled we will take a look at a few Premiere Pro shortcuts you may not know about. The video editing shortcuts covered include:Ripple TrimSlip/Move/TrimPanel WindowsTrim Edit/Toggle Trim TypesNudge Audio Volume Up & DownSelect Next & Previous ClipReplace Clip Match FrameCustom ShortcutsShow Video/Audio KeyframesDelete TracksBonus: Set to Frame Size