Steph Curry spending quality time with family, surprises Ayesha on cooking show

first_imgIt’s probably no surprise that Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry is making the most of his time off recovering from hand surgery to spend time with his family.In the past week alone, Steph has been spotted supporting wife Ayesha at a cooking awards ceremony, taking his daughters to a Warriors home game and surprising Ayesha on her cooking show.On Nov. 14, Ayesha was awarded the Variety Vivant Tastemaker award in Napa. Steph was by her side rooting her on. Together, they have launched …last_img

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Foam Shrinks, and Other Lessons

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img I did a deep-energy retrofit on my barn 16 years ago. Building Science Corp. was young and growing, and we needed a bigger office. The barn would be that office for the next 10 years. In fact, Betsy Pettit wrote about it in “Remodeling for Energy Efficiency” (FHB #194).The first thing we did was to cut all the overhangs off the barn roof and wrap the outside of the building with plastic. Next, we applied 8-in.-thick expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam on the walls and 10 in. of EPS on the roof. On top of the roof, we installed a layer of plywood as a nailing base for the shingles. The plywood cantilevered past the edge of the barn’s roof to form the new overhang.Our first lesson came about four months after the retrofit was complete: When the first frost hit the roof, I discovered an obvious melting pattern. At the seams between the foam panels, warm air was escaping and melting the frost. Rather than installing one thick layer of foam, I should have installed multiple layers, offsetting the joints and staggering the seams. I decided to fix that when I replaced the shingles. The first sign of trouble. Melted frost on the new roof pointed to a problem during the first winter: Heat was escaping between the seams of the foam sheets. The author had used mastic and mesh tape to seal the seams, but that wasn’t enough to keep in the heat. Turns out that the actual problem was a little more interesting. See below for the solution. I was curious about a few other things:Clearly, there were more issues with this building than just the shingles and the foam, and they have been nagging at me for more than a decade.… last_img read more

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New Tech Incubator Focuses on Car-Based Apps

first_imgbradley berman Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tech entrepreneur Jim Disanto sees the automobile as the next great platform for connectivity. “There are a more than a billion cars in the world,” he said. “Every automotive OEM and Tier 1 supplier will tell you that within three years, every car will need connected systems, or you’re not going to be able to sell it.” That, Disanto believes, will spawn a new generation of app developers offering Internet-enabled enhancements to the driving experience.However, as large as that opportunity is, the obstacles facing entrepreneurs wanting to develop apps for cars are bigger still.It’s the chasm between the opportunity and its realization that led Disanto to start what he believes is the first Silicon Valley incubator to specifically focus on connected car technology. Disanto first caught a glimpse of the opportunity for web-enabled cars soon after selling a previous company, KonaWare to a China’s Yamei Electronics in 2008. KonaWare provided remote logistics to transportation companies, but the wave of smart phone applications had not yet reached critical mass.Four years later, everybody and their mother have a smart phone. We all step into our cars, and wonder why we can’t bring those apps along for the ride. “A new generation of car buyers aren’t interested in the mechanics of the car. They are much more interested in the electronic stuff onboard,” Disanto said. “Before, the car was a transportation system. Now, it’s an extension of your digital life.”Disanto’s incubator, Transportation Technology Ventures, consists of two partners, six advisors, and an office in Palo Alto. The group, which serves as an angel investor fund, is now “circling up entrepreneurs in the space,” said Disanto.But those fledgling entrepreneurs face the following serious obstacles.Nobody Knows Which Apps Make The Most SenseSure, you want dashboard navigation integrated with things like Yelp or Open Table. Or you want to listen to Internet radio, like Pandora and Spotify. But beyond that, it’s a mystery as to which apps will become popular, and what will even make sense while driving.The grand vision is to eventually have hundreds or even thousands of downloadable car-related apps. But at this stage, the only ones out there are carried over from the mobile phone, rather than specifically created for an automotive environment.No Centralized App StoreThere are about 20 major automotive companies selling vehicles in the United States, and around 70 around the world, according to Disanto. Because each car company has to worry about potential lawsuits from a rogue app, or one that distracts too much. So each OEM will want to test and bless every app, and control its own app store where drivers will download right to the car.Apple or Google app stores probably don’t make sense, unless you can easily elevate the car-related apps above the clutter. Expect confusion when there are as many app stores as there are models on the road.Lack Of Standards And Qualified DevelopersThe automotive industry has not yet established app standards for hardware, software, interfaces, and communications protocols. Who wants to spend countless hours and dollars developing a car-based app, when you don’t know if it will meet a standard that hasn’t been finalized yet—or even discussed?The Department of Transportation will throw out its own roadblocks. A game app for a smart phone is child’s play, compared to developing functionality that has to interact with a car’s computer network, widely divergent dashboard configurations, touch screen interaction, steering wheel controls, and potential voice recognition and heads-up displays projected on to the windshield.And we’re not even talking about vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-road communications that’s right around the corner. These technologies are not taught in most computer science classes.All of these complications add up to time, money, and headaches. And it creates a scenario where innovation is stifled because the best ideas never get off the ground. But this won’t stop enterprising tech innovators from coming up with ideas, and seeking money and logistics to support them.“There’s a massive gap between the seed stage of a new company focusing on transportation, and the institutional financing route,” said Disanto. “A lot of things need to get done in the gap.” Disanto intends to fill that gap.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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