Riding the Lightning: Superhero Paddler Adriene Levknecht

first_imgAdrieneL_GorillaAdriene Levknecht has a split identity.In one world, Adriene is an employee for Greenville County EMS, driving ambulances and saving lives on 12 or 24 hour shifts. Once her shift is over, Levknecht steps into an entirely different world of raging rivers, 30-foot waterfalls, and elite international competition. She is one of the best female kayakers in the world.Much like Clark Kent, Adriene steps away from work and into a phone booth (or more commonly her Subaru CrossTrek), and emerges a whitewater superhero. At the young age of 25, Levknecht has already achieved a Bronze Medal in the World Freestyle Championships, won the elite Green River Narrows Race five times straight, dominated the Vail [Teva, now GoPro] Mountain Games creek race, and run top tier rivers around the world. She has also done incredible charitable things like shave her head to raise money for First Descents, an organization created to help cancer survivors.Adriene’s larger-than-life personality seems somehow perfectly appropriate for her 5’2” build. Her nickname, “Lil’ A,” makes it particularly sobering for the many men whom she shows up on the water.She could undoubtedly have a successful career as a professional paddler, but prefers sleeping in her own bed every night to “gallivanting around the globe” kayaking.“I like to have separation in my life,” she says. “Kayaking means more to me than traveling the country or the globe working on sponsored projects or trying to win competitions. I’m in this sport for the long haul, and I find that if I can separate work from play, I feel less likely to get burned out in either.”This is not to say that she doesn’t put in her time, though. In an average week, Adriene kayaks 5-25 hours (depending on the season), spends eight hours in the yoga studio, four in the CrossFit gym, and still resolves to make it home for dinner every evening.“I usually get up around 5:30 am for work, but honestly I get up earlier on my days off. I try to take advantage as much as possible of every opportunity, and my time at work is usually my recovery. I can rest sore muscles and hit the reset button on my brain. This allows me to come back fresh.”Next time a tiny girl with infinite energy blazes past you on the river, on a mountain bike trail, or in the gym, don’t let it hurt your feelings. Adriene busts her butt every single day to operate at the level of a superhero.Advice from Adriene1) Have people in your life who support your passions.2) Just kick ass! Get up and chase your goals. You won’t regret it.3) Go 100% at work as well so that you develop trust and rapport with your boss. It’s way easier to ask for leeway when you’re indispensible.Levknecht SpecsAge – 25Hometown – Greenville, S.C.Employer – Greenville County EMSSpecialty – Whitewater KayakingHobbies – Yoga, Mountain Biking, Lifting WeightsSponsors – LiquidLogic Kayaks, Kokatat, Werner Paddles, Shred Ready Helmets, Teva, Jen-ai clothing, Watershed, G-FormAspirations – “Just keep riding the lightning!”last_img read more

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Frank ‘The Big Hurt’ Thomas inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas talks during a news conference on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Thomas will be inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas, the most accomplished slugger in Chicago White Sox history, has been inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame.Nicknamed “The Big Hurt” for his bat prowess, Thomas won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs. He’s also the only player in major league history with seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, and the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter.Thomas played 16 years for the White Sox and established himself as the best hitter in franchise history. He holds the team record for homers (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs (1,327), extra-base hits (906), walks (1,466), total bases (3,949), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427).National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Joe Torre hold their plaques after an induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)last_img read more

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Middletown South Girls Are Sectional Champs; RFH Loses In OT

first_imgMIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP – A year ago, Middletown South held off Neptune in a defensive struggle, 38-35, to win the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III girls basketball championship.The two teams met again in a championship rematch Tuesday with South again winning, but in a completely different manner as the Eagles rolled to a 69-42 rout in the title game before a sell-out crowd at the South gym.Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s hopes of a CJ II title, however, ended in heart-breaking fashion Tuesday as top-seeded Manasquan trimmed the Lady Bulldogs, 84-70, in overtime.“Our transition from rebound to the basket was a thousand times better this year,” said South coach Tom Brennan in explaining the difference between the two teams this year.“We needed to contain Marajiah Bacon and Desiree Allen,” he said. “Those two are electric players, and they also had nice shooters on the outside.“We wanted to contain those two in the paint and then close in on their outside shooters.”Actually, South was unable to stop Bacon, who scored 20 points before running into foul trouble in the second half. Its defense, however, shut down the other players.“We start three sophomores,” said South’s Angela DeBartolome, one of the few seniors on the team. “We had a rough start to the season and our center got hurt.“The chemistry also wasn’t there early in the season,” she said, “but we became more established after that.”South jumped out to a 21-6 lead after the first quarter, making use of its superior size and physical play. Neptune never got back in contention and trailed 64-31 early in the final quarter before South’s reserves finished up.Alexandra Balsamo and Stephanie Karcz led the way with 18 and 17 points respectively for South, who played South Jersey champion Timber Creek Thursday in a semifinal game.Rumson rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half against top-seeded Manasquan and tied the game at 66 on a three-pointer by Katie Foos at the buzzer, but Manasquan kept its poise and outscored Rumson, 18-4, in the overtime period to win going away. By Jim Hintelmannlast_img read more

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Twitter is Not An Emergency Broadcast System

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#news#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img You might think that Twitter is a great way to spread important information quickly, including perhaps emergency notifications. Law.com reports today on a lawsuit from a Texas-based emergency broadcast technology company alleging that by designing its system in a way that allows Twitter to be used for emergency broadcasts, Twitter has violated the litigant’s patent.Sorry RedCross, sorry Center for Disease Control, sorry protesters in Iran – by alerting people to life and death situations over Twitter, you’re party to piracy of intellectual property. You ought to be ashamed, and sign up for the services of TechRadium Inc. right away!The SuitTechRadium, according to Tresa Baldas on Law.com, “argues that it has patents covering the process for simultaneously notifying large numbers of people about emergencies through multiple communication gateways, such as cell phones, pagers and e-mail. The company develops and sells the technology to schools, businesses, governments and the U.S. military but not Twitter.”Twitter Could ChangeTwitter co-founder Evan Williams said specifically in one of the meetings that TechCrunch posted notes from that “Twitter is not an alert system.”Those same documents made it clear that the Twitter Terms of Service are subject to extensive revision as well. It wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see those Terms changed to prohibit use of Twitter for emergency broadcast purposes. Everyone would assume it’s for liability concerning the verification of such emergency broadcasts, but it could put a stop to the lawsuit the company faces as well.Emergency Broadcast Systems Are a Social GoodIn the meantime, perhaps we can use Microsoft’s beta emergency broadcast system Vine. Perhaps TechRadium should go sue Microsoft instead.It’s a real shame; Twitter has always seemed like it would make a good emergency broadcast system. The logic of intellectual property really doesn’t make sense here. Typically patents are said to be important because they protect the profit of innovators, giving them an incentive to innovate and the rest of us the benefits of their innovation. Emergency broadcast systems get built for reasons other than just profit, though. See the US federal government’s several alert systems, for example. For what it’s worth, it sure seems like it would be a good idea if Twitter was another tool available for emergency broadcasts, among its many other uses. You can find ReadWriteWeb on Twitter, as well as the entire RWW Team. But don’t expect us to alert you to anything really important! (That might be illegal.) Please follow: Marshall Kirkpatrick, Bernard Lunn, Alex Iskold, Sarah Perez, Frederic Lardinois, Jolie Odell, Dana Oshiro, Steven Walling and Lidija Davis. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The Dawn of Sensors & Social Media in the World of Fine Art

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#art#Internet of Things#web marshall kirkpatrick 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Wall placards, museum docents and audio tours have all become essential technologies for many peoples’ engagement with our collective culture as represented in the world’s fine art.Imagine what could happen if your enjoyment of art was augmented further by the kinds of social technologies that you already use on the internet. Thousands of visitors to the STRP art festival in Eindhoven, Holland this Fall got to experience exactly that. The festival’s creative integration of its existing art exhibits with Twitter, Facebook, a recommendation engine, a print-on-demand service, tag clouds and RFID chips might represent the kind of experience that art lovers everywhere may be able to enjoy elsewhere soon. If life imitates art, such technologies could bust out of the museums and enter into the rest of our cities sooner than we think.Consider whether this sounds desirable, in art and perhaps throughout our interaction with what was formerly called the offline world. Here’s how they did it at STRP this year, according to an in-depth account by Mary Catherine O’Connor in the publication RFID Journal. (“At Dutch Festival, Visitors Used RFID to Critique Art, Share Opinions“)Viewers of Christoph De Boeck’s Staalhemel (“Steel Sky”) took turns wearing EEG headgear that controlled tiny hammer strikes against the metal above other attendees, in time with their brain waves.Prior to entering the festival, attendees were encouraged to fill out online profiles describing themselves and, if they like, signing in with their Twitter and Facebook accounts. Then when they arrived, they were given Radio Frequency Identification chips (RFID) in a variety of different formats (badges, bracelets or their municipal services card) that they logged-in to associate with the online accounts they’d created. Inside the part of the festival that included an art show, the attendees were able to visit any of 37 kiosks that could read their RFID chips and recognize who they were. They were then asked about particular pieces of art they had just viewed. How would they describe each one? How would they rate their appreciation of the pieces of art?If attendees had signed in with their Twitter or Facebook accounts, their reviews could be published immediately out to the web and shared with friends. Have you seen van Gogh’s Starry Night at the New York MoMA? It’s surrounded by people waving cell phone cameras at it all the time. Could we just skip that part and publish a picture, along with our responses, out to Facebook? Personal annotation, in an existing social context. Ought that not be every bit as much an option while standing in front of a beautiful painting, or river or tree, as it is when reading an article on a website you’ve visited?After describing each work, the kiosks showed attendees a tag cloud of the most frequently used words used by other people to describe the same works. Perhaps you’ve experienced a work in an unusual way, or hadn’t considered a particular emotion or theme that other viewers had experienced when looking at the same work. Wouldn’t that be informative to learn?Pandora for art. Depending on which pieces they rated the highest, the kiosks also offered attendees personalized recommendations of other pieces they would likely enjoy and should make sure not to miss. That’s very cool. (MIT Media Lab does something similar, recommending exhibits based on your past experiences at the Lab.)The more art an attendee rated, the more likely they became to win a graphic badge displayed on the profiles of top participants. Walking throughout the exhibit were festival staff members with RFID scanners, netbooks and digital cameras. Attendees could have their cards scanned, their photos taken and then purchase a personalized photo book printed to commemorate the event.“Many of the STRP attendees are high-school kids, and they think [RFID] is really cool,” Ties van de Werff, a curator of the event, told RFID Journal. “To them, it’s an extension of the Web.”What do you think of this kind of technology being involved in the world of art? If you think it could enrich the experience without too great a cost in attention and engagement, perhaps you can imagine this kind of experience extending beyond the museum and into our everyday lives.last_img read more

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Rohit Sharma glad to put a smile on fans’ faces with blockbuster hundred in Lucknow

first_imgRohit Sharma continued to break records with his fourth hundred in T20 internationals which scripted India’s 71-run victory over the Windies in the second match of the series in Lucknow on Tuesday.Rohit became the first batsman in world cricket to smash four T20 centuries in international cricket and also overtook Virat Kohli to become the highest run-scorer for India in the format.India rode on his entertaining 111 not out to post a mammoth 195 for 2 after being put into bat.Rohit Sharma’s historic 111* sets up India’s 7th successive T20I series victoryThe bowlers then stepped up for the hosts and restricted West Indies to 124 for 9 in 20 overs. India thus, took a 2-0 lead in the 3-0match series by virtue of this win.”Whenever you get an opportunity you do your best. Today was a perfect platform. Everyone who came to watch the game will go home with a smile. This is what we play for, to see that smile on everyone’s face. Glad that we won this game and this series as well,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.That moment when you become the first player to score FOUR T20I Centuries #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/F5TFxc3CQIBCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma blasts record 4th T20I hundred on Diwali eveHitman’s knock also saw him overtake Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum to grab the second spot on the list of batsmen with the most runs in T20 internationals.advertisementWith 2203 runs in 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 and four tons, Rohit is just 68 runs behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, who heads the all-time list with 2271 runs in 75 matches.What a player @ImRo45 #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Ig7UhubLxIBCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018READ – Rohit Sharma overtakes Virat Kohli to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20IsThe win helped India register its 7th successive T20I series win after the draw against Australia in 2017. Since then, they defeated New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ireland and England in bilateral series besides winning the Nidahas Trophy.The win also extended India’s unbeaten streak in T20I series to nine. Before the series win over New Zealand, India had drawn with Australia and defeated Sri Lanka in a one-off T20 International.India vs West Indies 2nd T20I: HighlightsRohit, who is leading the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, also praised his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan and the bowlers, especially Khaleel Ahmed and Jasprit Bumrah who took two wickets each in the match.”You know Dhawan’s natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we decided to take our time. The partnership at the top was very important. 120-plus stand was crucial and KL finished off well.”Bumrah has been our premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs. Khaleel wanted the new ball and he initially looks to swing it and he has taken up the challenge well. And when he bowls that kind of a spell upfront that helps us,” Rohit added.That’s that from Lucknow. #TeamIndia win by 71 runs and take an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match T20I series.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/vceDTuMRX1BCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2018And finally, the Hitman praised the 50,000-odd fans that turned up at the newly-built Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International cricket stadium, which hosted its first international cricket match this evening.”Wonderful stadium. One of the best stadiums we’ve played at, the way the crowd supported, hope to get the same support in future. I hope we get many more games here and we continue to entertain them,” Rohit concluded.last_img read more

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ACC Media Picks Clemson To Win The Conference

first_imgACC media poll picks Clemson to win the conference.ACC Media PollFlorida State’s football program has won the ACC for the last three seasons. A new champion is expected in the conference this fall. At ACC Kickoff, the media selected Clemson to win the conference. The Tigers haven’t won the league since 2011. Clemson picked to win ACC over FSU by 84 to 41 ballots at ACC Media Day. GT favored in its division.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) July 21, 2015The 2015 #ACCKickoff preseason poll, led by @ClemsonFB, has been released: http://t.co/mMOK526V4V pic.twitter.com/WGrdXdxpd6— ACC Football (@theACCfootball) July 21, 2015It should be a good year in the ACC.last_img read more

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Pediatric Patients Meet With First Lady to Advocate for Childrens Hospitals

first_imgFifty-four pediatric patients from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico visited with First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday while raising awareness for children’s hospitals.The kids are serving as Champions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a weeklong tour of Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Fla. They are sharing their inspiring stories and how local children’s hospitals changed their lives.The First Lady thanked the Champions for their courage and strength, while accepting their hugs and compliments. On behalf of the group, 4-year-old Carly Kudzia, the Champion from Ohio, presented the First Lady with a card signed by the Champions and a Miracle Bear.Kudzia is one of 18 children in the United States with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes dysmorphic features, accelerated aging, small stature and a shorter life expectancy. Kudzia, whose personality is anything but “small,” serves as a spokesperson for the disease. CMN Hospitals funds, essential for providing crucial pediatric services, allow her caretakers to collaborate with global experts on progeria and pay for diagnostic equipment.“These kids will forever remember how warmly the First Lady greeted them,” said Craig Sorenson, chief concepts officer for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.At the White House, Champions also were treated to a special viewing of Disney’s Doc McStuffins. The kids’ television show was introduced by its creator, Chris Nee, whose son’s asthma inspired the show. Champions and their families also visited Capitol Hill to share their stories with legislators from their respective states.“Our Champions know firsthand the quality pediatric care that can be provided when people donate to their local children’s hospitals. They represent the 10 million kids who are treated for severe illnesses and injuries in our 170 hospitals each year,” said CMN Hospitals’ Sorensen.Champions will head to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to continue sharing their inspirational stories and messages. Accompanying the Champions throughout the trip is Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, who is serving as the charity’s National Goodwill Ambassador.The 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals “Champions” program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS.To meet the Champion from your state, click here.last_img read more

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Amitabh Bachchan reveals how Don got its title

first_imgMumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has shared the story behind the title of his 1973 blockbuster “Don”, saying that many of the industry veterans were not happy with the choice of the film’s name. On Sunday, the 76-year-old actor celebrated the 41st anniversary of the release of “Don”, which is one of the most popular characters essayed by him. “‘Don’ was a name title that no one in the market approved of. They never understood what it meant and never felt that a name such as ‘DON’ was material for the title of a Hindi film. In fact if truth be told… for many it was quite an amusing title,” Bachchan wrote on his blog. The “Badla” star also shared a funny anecdote on the film title’s comparison with a “very popular brand of vests”. “They were carrying the name ‘DAWN’. DON phonetically sounded much like that brand of undergarment in the market. There was consternation in titling a film that conveyed an undergarment,” he added. The actor revealed after the release of Hollywood classic “Godfather”, the title ‘Don’ became “respectable”. “Much later of course with the ‘Godfather’ series the word garnered enough publicity and reckoning, to be respectable enough. But till then initially it was in the realm of humour.” The film was written by popular writer duo Salim-Javed and directed by Chandra Barot. It also starred Zeenat Aman, Iftekhar, Helen and Pran.last_img read more

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