HBO‘s hit series Game of Thrones has returned to dominate the pop culture landscape for its climactic final season. As any world-famous brand would do, the show’s producers are looking at all kinds of ways to expand the empire which Game of Thrones has become. The show’s latest project: working with Fender to develop a collection of guitars themed guitars inspired by the show and its characters.Fender Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn was the man in charge of crafting very detailed interpretations of the various family houses from the show. In doing so, Thorn has successfully created a line of unique guitars which creatively showcases the spirit of Westeros’ most powerful families with three different models. The themes of House Stark are worked into a Telecaster model, while House Lannister comes on a Fender Jaguar, and House Targaryen is displayed on a Stratocaster.Related: George R.R. Martin Went To Dead & Co’s Playing In The Sand And Kicked It With OteilThorn drew his inspiration from using the official family sigils, costume design, armor, weaponry, and geography in the show for the guitars’ artwork. For example, the House Stark Telecaster features inlaid silver purfling around the perimeter of its swamp ash body to symbolize the family’s “Gray Wolf” color scheme on the top and back, while using “Raven Black” on the sides. The House Lannister Fender Jaguar body features 24k gold leaf, in accordance with the fictional family’s wealth and prestige.“I just felt like I was the right guy for the job,” Thorn said in a statement about his work on the project. “This is really right in my wheelhouse. In fact, if any of the other builders had gotten this project, I would have been so jealous. I would have been popping in every day and you would have had to shoo me away. It couldn’t be more me, as far as what I’ve done with guitars.”You can learn more about the models in the video below, which also features an epic, all-star performance of the Game of Thrones theme on the aforementioned guitars with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, and Game of Thrones showrunner/co-creator Dan Weiss.Fender Game of Thrones Sigil Collection[Video: Fender]As for the cost of the guitars, each of the three models is reportedly priced separately and runs between $25,000 and $35,000. Not bad if you’re a member of one of Westeros’ noble houses and need to trade in your lute for something with a bit more power.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Saturday will be a day that lives in Boy Scout Michael Buchler’s memory for a long time.He officially completed his Eagle Scout Project, opening the ‘Pawing Around’ Dog Run Park at the Huron Humane Society. The dog run is meant for potential new owners to play with the dogs at the humane society before adopting them. That way, the person can experience the dog to see if it’s a good fit. The project took around two years to complete with plenty of setbacks and rejections along the way.“One of the first ones was that I couldn’t find a place to do it until the humane society,” said Buchler. “The second biggest one was about three inches down below me, it turns into solid limestone so we had to find a way to break that up so then we could put the post down to concrete them.”Over 400 hours went into the project. The future Eagle Scout can now breath a sign of relief after watching his dream come to life.“It felt very relieving and great at the same time because now that it’s finally open, now that it’s all done, all of the dogs in the humane society can use it to the fullest extent,” said Buchler.A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the afternoon where Buchler read the letter he read to community members to gain support for opening the park. The letter touched the hearts of many and focused on his childhood battle with epilepsy.Buchler thanked all of his friends, families, and volunteers. Cookies and punch were provided and folks could bring their dogs to play in the brand new park.The dog run park will be open the same hours as the Huron Humane Society. For those hours, visit their website https://www.huronhumanesocietyinc.org/ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Boy Scouts, Dog Run Park, Eagle Project, Huron Humane Society, Michael Buchler, Ribbon Cutting, WATZContinue ReadingPrevious Forgotten Eagles of Michigan Stop in AlpenaNext Motorcyclists take to the highways to raise awareness for homelessness
…smokers to face ,000 fine each time caughtGovernment’s Tobacco Control Bill 2017, reportedly aimed at preventing public exposure to second-hand smoking, has finally been made public after prolonged national waiting; and it has since been published in the Official Gazette.It generally provides that public smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products, such as cigars, is prohibited by law; and a monetary deterrent is applicable in this respect.Persons caught breaking this law for the first time are liable to be fined $10,000 on summary conviction, but each subsequent conviction attracts a penalty of $20,000.Moreover, no person shall be permitted to smoke in any waiting area or queue in a public place; including, but not limited to, any public transport stop, bus stand, or bus park. Smoking will also be prohibited in any park, playground, or amusement park; any stadium, arena, or any kind of sport of performance place, or any space for commercial service of food or drinks.It shall also be illegal for persons to smoke in any area within five metres of a window, door, or ventilation inlet to any public place or indoor work place.Smoking shall also be prohibited anywhere on the premises of — or within five metres from the outside boundary of — any healthcare, educational or child care facility.Further, no person shall smoke in any part of any indoor working place; indoor public space in any public transport, whether or not it is carrying another member of the public; or in any vehicle which is carrying a minor.AdvertisingThere will also be a clampdown on advertising campaigns that have been launched by tobacco companies over the years, in that there will be prohibition on all advertising, promotion, and sponsorship of tobacco products, even by electronic delivery systems.These legislative measures had been proposed when Dr George Norton was Minister of Public Health, but they were never tabled in the National Assembly since they were engaging the attention of a cabinet sub-committee.Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa Ettienne, had also recently called on Government to step up efforts to introduce the long-awaited tobacco control legislation, since it could prove critical in reducing diseases that are the leading causes of death in Guyana.According to information posted on the PAHO website, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) –including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes — account for 70 percent of deaths in Guyana, and one-third of these deaths are premature (in people under 70).Etienne has said that tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity are the main risk factors underlying this epidemic.The PAHO director had called for a “working together (among) different sectors of society and different government ministries to reduce the burden of these diseases and save lives.”Etienne has also said that tobacco control is a good place to start in stepping up action against NCDs; since, overall, it is the leading risk factor for these diseases.“We believe that tobacco taxes should be increased, tobacco packaging should feature strong warnings, and people should be protected from secondhand smoke,” she has expressed.According to data released in recent years, although tobacco is acknowledged as a dangerous substance, at least 11 per cent of children in Guyana are regular smokers, and at least 20 per cent of them began smoking before they were 10 years old.The International Monetary Fund had also recently revealed that, out of a total of 163 countries, 66 middle or low income countries have neither legislation nor polices that regulate the sale, marketing, or use of tobacco.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s podcast contains conservations between Matt Reese and Paul Dorrance, a farmer in favor of more natural farming practices. Ty Higgins has a chat with a couple young farmers in various tractor cabs this past week. Joel Penhorwood talks with Jon Scheve, grain merchandiser with Superior Feed Ingredients.
The problem is that when you choose a particular glazing for windows, you’re locked into very specific window performance properties. Tinted glass, for example, not only blocks solar heat gain, but also reduces visible light transmittance–making it harder to see through the windows. Blocking that solar gain may be fine most of the time, but even in warm climates there can be times, in the winter for example, when you’d like to bring in that extra solar heat.This lack of flexibility with the usual materials has led some companies to pursue technologies that would allow glazing properties to change, based either on user preferences or on conditions such as temperature. These are collectively referred to as “dynamic glazings.”There were a number of dynamic glazings being exhibited at Greenbuild. I was already familiar with SageGlass, from Sage Electrochromics. This is an “electrochromic” glazing that is normally clear, but it can be tinted by charging it with a small amount of electric current. When SageGlass is used in an insulated glass unit (with standard clear glass), a user can flip a switch, to tint the glass, dropping the solar transmittance from 62% down to 3.5%. It takes a small amount of electricity, about 0.3 watts per square foot, to switch it from clear to tinted (a process that takes 5-10 minutes), then somewhat less current, 0.1 watts per square foot, to maintain the tinted state. When the current flow is switched off, the glazing reverts to it default (clear) state.SageGlass is available as an (expensive) option with Velux skylights and about a dozen commercial glazing systems. The high cost of SageGlass can be offset to some extent, particularly in commercial applications, by eliminating the need for widow blinds, but it’s still very expensive—$50-75 per square foot.The new dynamic glazing product I saw at Greenbuild was from the start-up company RavenBrick. This is a passive, “thermochromic” glazing that changes from clear to tinted when it heats up, such as in bright sunlight. While SageGlass is a metallic coating on the glass, like common low-e coatings, RavenBrick uses an organic material sandwiched between two layers of glass. The actual thermochromic material is only eight microns thick.Clear in its normal state, when the RavenBrick coating is heated up it darkens to allow only 8% light transmission. The idea is that during a hot sunny day, the glass will heat up and activate the thermochromic material, blocking most of the sunlight, while on a cooler or cloudy day, the glass will remain clear. A big advantage is that it doesn’t take any electricity to activate or maintain the tinting, as is necessary with SageGlass, but the down side is that it isn’t controllable by building occupants.There may be times when you want sunlight in the building or views to the outdoors even when significant heat gain will occur. Also, there may be some weird results if there’s a shadow on a portion of a window, resulting in only part of the glass being darkened.The company claims that the product will become available in March 2010, and they are providing prototype glazing for an installation at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. As with SageGlass, RavenBrick will sell product to window manufacturers, rather than producing windows themselves. RavenBrick’s president told me that the cost will be about $25 per square foot—somewhat lower than SageGlass. It could be a great product; I’ll be watching the test installation carefully.I invite you to share your comments on this blog. You can also follow my musings on Twitter. Last week I wrote about one of the innovative building materials that I saw at this year’s Greenbuild Conference in Phoenix (phase-change drywall). This week, I’ll cover a very different innovation from the conference: dynamic window glazing.Windows provide some important functions in houses: admitting natural daylight, allowing views to the outdoors, letting in fresh air, and protecting against unwanted heat loss and gain. How effectively they do all this depends mostly on the glazings (usually glass, but sometimes plastic, or a combination of glass and plastic). Energy performance can be significantly improved by adding multiple layers of glazing separated by sealed air spaces, by using special low-emissivity (low-e) coatings on the glazing, by using tinted glass that blocks unwanted solar heat gain, or by using low-conductivity gas fill, such as argon and krypton, that slows the movement of heat through the space between layers of glass. Cutting-Edge Windows that Can Be Tinted on DemandSmart Glass Maker Opens New PlantGBA Encyclopedia: SkylightsGBA Product Guide: Wasco SageGlass SkylightsGBA Product Guide: SageGlass Insulated Glass Unit RELATED ARTICLES
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APTN National NewsIn 2011, Edmonton was Canada’s murder capital.And sadly, so far this year, the violence continues.Three shootings over the weekend has the city’s police chief looking for ways to prevent 2012 from turning out more deadly than the year before.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.
The skin repairs itself from the day’s stress during the night, so it is necessary to give your skin equal attention before you go to bed so that it looks rejuvenated the next morning.Experts have shared the night-time beauty regime to follow:Double cleansing: This is highly recommended. Double cleansing consists of first cleaning with a cleanser such as cleansing oil or cleansing cream. This cleanses oil-based impurities such as make-up and pollutants. Also, follow it up with a cleansing foam to remove any left over impurities before sleeping. The motive here is deep cleansing while being gentle on the skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExfoliate: Exfoliate with scrub or gommage peel or a clay mask, depending on the skin type, 2 to 3 times to get rid of dead cells. Exfoliating your skin can really help in rejuvenating your skin. Exfoliate skin at least twice a week using the appropriate products according to the skin type. Toning: Use a gentle hydrating toner according to skin type to refine pores and restore PH level. Always use a good toner as it is a very important step and prepares your skin for the next step of your regimen by minimising pores to the normal size. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSheet mask: At night, applying sheet mask on cleansed skin can be very relaxing and takes away the stress from your skin. They provide essential nutrients deep within the skin.Treatment and repair: At night your skin is naturally regenerating, repairing and restoring itself. Rejuvenation is at its peak as cell turnover increases at night. Use of repairing serum such as salicylic acid for trouble or Vitamin C for brightening and reducing pigmentation and peptides with AHA salt, for peeling and increasing firmness should be applied at night as it is best to avoid these ingredients in sun rays and they work best during night time. A blend of essential and botanical oils can help skin restorative night treatment, and helps addressing customers of every age who are interested in natural repair and rejuvenation of the skin after the damaging effects of the day.Intense cream: Use a hydrating and repairing night cream to nourish and seal all the essential nutrients from previous steps. A cream should be applied to strengthen moisture barrier. Use a good but gentle eye cream for the hydration around your eye. One should never ignore this step as your eyes skin is the thinnest skin on your body, which needs special attention. Lock all the nourishment from the above products by applying a good moisturizer according to your skin type and needsSleeping mask: Sleeping masks are applied preferably 3 to 4 times in a week. It is applied at the last stage or the cream stage of the night routine. Sleeping masks are generally gel or cream based, and they should be massaged into the skin until absorbed and washed away with water next morning. It provides intense nourishment and dewy, hydrated skin in the morning.