A company out of L.A. created the stuff and they just put it up on Kickstarter. It ain’t cheap . . . a pack of eight slices of ketchup will cost you $10. But if you’re interested, you can order it now, and they’re going to ship in June. There’s no word on if or when it might wind up in stores. I’m not sure if this product is necessary, but here you go: You can now buy SLICED KETCHUP. No more squirting ketchup onto your burgers like a caveman . . . now you can just drop on a clean, neat slice, like it’s cheese.
I can no longer recommend MailChimp: MailChimp has changed their double opt-in policy to single opt-in, with very little notice (for those users who actually received the notice). What does that mean? Someone can subscribe your email address to any number of newsletters, without you knowing about it. If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related Hey, It’s Still OK to Use Tables: Yes, you can still use tables in your code, says my colleague Adrian Roselli. And for a regular old data table, you probably don’t need to use Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA). Check out the code examples.Audio Transcripts Are Important: Can’t be said enough. Transcripts of your videos and audio benefit everyone, including people on a slow connection, those who read faster than listen, as well as people who are hard of hearing or deaf. Workshop Accessible Content: While there’s no video of my friend Rian Rietveld’s Accessible Content Workshop at YoastCon 2017 conference this week, she graciously shared the text from her workshop.WordPressWordPress 4.9 Release Candidate: The first release candidate for the WordPress 4.9 version is available for download and testing. From this week’s YoastCon 2017 conference:“.@drupal is technically a better CMS but it’s unusable for the common user. WordPress though has a superior power of usability and community.” @jdevalk #YoastCon— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) November 2, 2017Resources for Web Developers and Designers: Shoutout to Kevin Hoffman for compiling this helpful list of courses, WordPress, front-end development, back-end development, and accessibility resources.Results From the 2017 WordPress User Survey Are Not Guaranteed to Be Shared: When I first read this, I seriously considered not taking part in this year’s survey. Then I read Andrea Middleton’s and Matt Mullenweg’s comments.CSS and HTMLWeb Typography: Designing Tables to be Read, Not Looked At: Rather than trying to cram everything you can into the space, consider how you can make the content in your table easily readable and interpreted.Despite the huge variation in table size, complexity, contents and purpose, every table shares two simple design principles: they should be readable and support a sense of the data held within.Are you considering using a framework for your next project?“Off-the-shelf frameworks are designed to solve generic problems. Don’t use code that solves problems you don’t have.” @rachelandrew #aeasf— zeldman (@zeldman) October 30, 2017Netflix functions without client-side React, and it’s a good thing: And to follow up on frameworks, Jake Archibald comments on Netflix’s tweet that they removed client-side React and saw a 50 percent performance improvement on their landing page. A free guide to elements: Check out this free guide to what you can put in the head element. I had no idea all the things you could add.What I Found InterestingWomen of NASA LEGO Set: Yay, it’s available! The LEGO Ideas Women of NASA set is now on sale, featuring Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride, and Mae Jemison with three builds illustrating their area of expertise.I think this needs to be re-written as Dear designers and developers.Dear websites: no one wants push notifications. Love, every person who uses the internet— Andrea Whitmer (@nutsandbolts) October 31, 2017 In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn the importance of spacing in your forms, find out how to design easily readable tables, discover how to create accessible content, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekWhat do you need stakeholders or team members to know, believe, feel, and do? Design your meetings & content for those outcomes.— Kim Goodwin (@kimgoodwin) November 1, 2017User ExperienceForms Matter: How you design a form, ask a question, and the words you use in a question can impact how your form is filled out, says Lena Groeger. She shares some fascinating stories about forms used in the U.S. Census, ballots, and higher education. November 2017 User Experience and Web Professionals Events: Two World Usability Day events, tips for blogging regularly, and the kickoff of a local accessibility meetup group are a few of the events you’ll find in this month’s calendar.Designing Form Layout: Spacing: Digging in deeper into the design of forms, Jessica Enders shares insights in this excerpt from her book, Designing UX: Forms.It’s so important not to do this, I’m going to say it again. Never include text inside your fields.5 Design Books Every UX Designer Should Read: If you’re looking for new design books, it doesn’t get any better than when 21 designers recommend their five favorite design books. AccessibilityUnderstanding WCAG 2.1: A History of WCAG: Glenda Sims from Deque Systems shares a brief history of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and what we can expect in the future. Did you know there’s a WCAG 2.1 update coming out soon? Inclusion in action: Justin promotes inclusivity with technology as his voice: Justin is a college student who loves technology, music videos, plays chess, reads books, blogs regularly, and gives public presentations. And he has Athetoid cerebral palsy.
Far better than organizational jargon or sterile statistics, stories help donors (and future donors) learn an organization’s personality. Stories help donors feel engaged in the work-and see the difference they can make in a real person’s life. They empower the organization and its supporters to continue on. Source: Merritt Engel is Vice President of Merrigan & Co., a Kansas City-based agency that specializes in messaging for non-profit organizations. But getting good stories is easier said than done. Here are a few tips we’ve learned from interviewing hundreds of people who have received help from charitable organizations.Start with the end in mind: Do your homework. Get the “story behind the story” from the program manager before you ever pick up the phone. Think of the story you want to end up with and backtrack from there to draft your questions.Never use the word “interview”: The word “interview” makes people feel like they’re being interrogated by Woodward and Bernstein. It can cause anxiety and stage fright. Instead, ask if you can “chat for a few minutes about the assistance he/she received.”Talk less, listen more: Use the first minute or so to make the interviewee feel at ease and express your thanks. After that, zip your lips. Closed-ended questions will give you just what you might expect — one-word, dull answers. Ask questions like “what did the help mean to you?” and give people time to think about and respond to the question. Resist the urge to fill dead air as some of the best responses come when the interviewee is given the floor.Veer from the script: As mentioned in #1, a list of questions is always a good idea. But that said, it’s a starting point. Listen closely to the interview, and be ready to jet off in another direction if needed. Use probing questions to get more in-depth answers.Get approvals: After you’ve drafted the story, give the interviewee a chance to review for accuracy. Most make no changes, but it’s better to know any problems before publishing it. Keep a paper trail, you might need it.Be prepared for anything: Interviewing for nonprofits is unique. You’re talking to people who were — or are — in crisis. Don’t be surprised if you encounter hostility, tears and any other emotions. Listen and be empathetic, but never say, “I know what you’re going through.” Most importantly, stay calm no matter what’s thrown at you.
Woodward and Man Utd board warming to Solskjaer stayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer is edging closer to being named permanent manager at Manchester United.Chief Ed Woodward and United’s hierarchy have been wowed by the Norwegian’s 100 per cent start, says The Sun.The executive vice-chairman went into the Wembley dressing room after the 1-0 victory against Spurs to congratulate Solskjaer on the job he is doing.The Old Trafford powerbrokers initially only had Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino in their sights.But former striker Solskjaer’s record-breaking six wins from his first six games has hugely impressed them.Now the clamour for him to get the job permanently is growing not only among the fans and players but in the boardroom, too. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@Stephen_Bailey1Every summer, Syracuse football heads up to Fort Drum in Northern New York, home of the 10th Mountain Division, to get away from the distractions of campus for a few days and connect with the local military community. Today, the team is incorporating pugil fighting into practice, while in full pads. We’ve never quite seen a football drill like this…Rob Trudo beats Donnie Simmons in bugle fighting: pic.twitter.com/uWBiMjRrW2— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Erv Philips vs. Antwan Cordy pic.twitter.com/76Mv7hzksK— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015An early look at the 2016 QB battle. Eric Dungey vs. Austin Wilson pic.twitter.com/muqELWXjwa— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015Freshman OL Colin Byrne vs. DE Jake Pickard pic.twitter.com/xWLfZcmECE— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 19, 2015The intensity is a welcome sight for Syracuse fans. The Orange opens the season on September 4 against Rhode Island at the Carrier Dome.
BATHURST, N.B. – One of the smallest hockey markets in Canada has big reason to celebrate, and fans in Bathurst, N.B., are doing just that.The Acadie-Bathurst Titan beat the host Regina Pats 3-0 Sunday night to claim the Memorial Cup — the first Canadian Hockey League championship in the team’s 20-year history.“It’s a statement for a small market: We won the cup,” said Bathurst Mayor Paolo Fongemie.“It feels awesome. I’m so proud of the boys, the owners and our region,” he said.With a population of just under 12,000 people, Bathurst is the smallest market to win the Memorial Cup since Flin Flon, Manitoba, won it in 1957.Close to 800 people watched the game on a big screen at an arena in Bathurst, and fan Fred Best says the celebration lasted well into the night.“I’m just trying to recover,” Best said Monday afternoon. “There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of cheering. We had a great time.”Best, with his usual helmet and horns, was cheering again Monday as a large crowd of residents welcomed the players home as they stepped off a plane at the regional airport in Bathurst.A parade through the downtown is planned for Tuesday evening.The team first arrived in the city in 1998 and played for the Memorial Cup in 1999 in Ottawa but didn’t win.“Twenty years later, here we are. It’s just overwhelming,” Best said.He said the team does a lot to unify the people of Bathurst and surrounding communities, and get them through long, harsh winters.“If it wasn’t for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan here, there wouldn’t be much else going on. We have a beautiful rink that seats 3,450 fans. Without them here we wouldn’t have too much,” he said.The team has seen some ups and downs over the last 20 years and could have been on the verge of moving on a couple of occasions. A group of about 30 shareholders bought the team five years ago and launched a rebuilding process.Premier Brian Gallant said the investors have done a lot for the team and the community.“Hats off to everybody in the organization, to the players and of course to the fans who have been patient and so supportive of the team,” Gallant said.Over the last 20 years, the team has produced some great players who have gone onto success in the NHL, including Patrice Bergeron and Roberto Luongo.The Titan are the first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team to capture the Canadian major junior championship since 2013.Fongemie said the league draft is this weekend, and the win will help entice young players to want to play for Bathurst.Bathurst will be celebrating the win for some time, Fongemie said, and he hopes it sends a message across the country.“It’s great for all the other small markets that they can still dream and work hard and get it done,” he said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.
TORONTO – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says sales of new light vehicles in Canada fell in May compared to the same month last year, the third month in a row to post a year-over-year decline.A total of 215,407 vehicles were sold, down 0.7 per cent from the May 2017 total of 216,861, but well ahead of 191,900 in April.It says Canada’s year-to-date total of 836,522 new vehicles sold is still almost 1,000 units above the previous year thanks to an abnormally strong January.However, the consulting group based in Richmond Hill, Ont., says the gap won’t last if the pattern of market declines continue into the summer months.DesRosiers reports Ford’s 33,341 units edged out General Motors at 32,831 units in May for the volume lead.GM, however, is ahead of Ford by almost 3,000 units on a year-to-date basis, with 127,299 units sold so far in 2018.Sales of light trucks were up four per cent in May at 147,337 while passenger car sales dropped 9.4 per cent to 75,172.
NEW YORK — Stock prices are moving slightly lower on Wall Street Thursday morning, a day after another big plunge rocked markets around the world.The benchmark S&P 500 index has slumped more than 5 per cent in the last six days and is now 15 per cent below the peak it reached in late September. After steady gains through the spring and summer, stocks have slumped in the fall as investors worry that global economic growth is cooling off and that the U.S. could slip into a recession in the next few years.Markets are also concerned about twin threats that could make the situation even worse: the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, which has lasted most of this year and shows few signs of easing, and rising interest rates, which act as a brake on economic growth by making it more expensive for businesses and individuals to borrow money.On Wednesday, stocks gave up an early gain and ended up with big losses after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the fourth time this year and signalled it was likely to continue raising rates next year, although at a slower rate than it previously forecast.Investors are responding to a weakening outlook for the U.S. economy by selling stocks and buying ultra-safe U.S. government bonds. The bond-buying has the effect of sending bond yields lower, which has the positive effect of lowering interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of long-term loans.At the same time, the lower bond yields can send a negative signal on the economy. The bond market has correctly predicted previous U.S. recessions by sending yields on long-term bonds sharply lower.Stocks took sharp losses right after trading started on Thursday, but settled down soon thereafter. In the first hour of trading, the S&P 500 index was down 9 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,498.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 147 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,172. The Nasdaq composite fell 18 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 6,620.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies slid 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,344.Smaller company stocks have been crushed during the recent market slump because slower growth in the U.S. will have an outsize effect on their profits. Relative to their size, they also tend to carry more debt than larger companies, which could be a problem in a slower economy with higher interest rates.The Russell 2000 is now down 23 per cent from the peak it reached in late August and it’s down 12 per cent for the year to date, twice the loss of the S&P 500 index, which tracks large companies.Oil prices continued to retreat. They’ve dropped about 40 per cent since early October as the slowing global economy and rising production have knocked prices down.Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2.9 per cent to $46.77 a barrel in New York while Brent crude, used to price international oils, dipped 2.6 per cent to $55.78 a barrel in London.Bond prices were mixed. The yield on the two-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent, but the yield on the 10-year note fell to 2.76 per cent from 2.77 per cent.The gap between those two yields has been shrinking this year. When the 10-year yield falls below the two-year yield, investors call it an “inverted yield curve.” That is often interpreted as a sign a recession is coming, although it’s not a perfect signal, and when recessions do follow inversions in the yield curve, it can take a year or more.In France, the CAC 40 lost 1.6 per cent and Germany’s DAX fell 1.5 per cent. The British FTSE 100 slipped 0.5 per cent. Indexes in Italy, Portugal and Spain took bigger losses.Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lost 2.8 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 1 per cent. Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.9 per cent.Health care and household goods companies were taking some of the largest losses after weak results from companies including Walgreens and Conagra. Both of those companies reported disappointing sales, and Conagra sank 9.5 per cent to $26.33 while Walgreens Boots Alliance lost 2.2 per cent to $71.69.The dollar fell to 111.64 yen from 112.36 yen. The euro rose to $1.1455 from $1.1368. The British pound rose to $1.2654 from $1.2621.Technology companies, which have suffered severe losses since early October, did a bit better than the rest of the market Thursday. Apple added 0.7 per cent to $162.06 and Intel gained 1.3 per cent to $46.18.Canadian marijuana grower Tilray jumped 9.5 per cent to $77.75 after it announced a joint venture with AB InBev’s Labatt Breweries brand. The companies are planning to develop non-alcoholic drinks that contain two compounds found in marijuana, THC and CBD. Both will invest $50 million in the joint venture.On Tuesday Tilray stock jumped 16 per cent after it announced a medical marijuana products partnership with drugmaker Sandoz. The stock has been extremely volatile this year but has more than quadrupled in value since it went public in July.___AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Press
When they said the Floyd Mayweather long-awaited bout against Manny Pacquaio would be the richest in boxing history, not everyone knew you’d practically have to be rich to afford to order it on pay-per-view.Having to be rich to have the fight beamed into your home may be an overstatement, but not by much.HBO and Showtime confirmed to ESPN.com that the suggested retail price for the May 2 fight is $89.95—the most expensive in history.On top of that, if you really want clarity there could be another $10 added to it to see it in high definition. That would make it $100 to watch a fight that could be an all-time great. . . but also could be a dance contest.Neither fighter is at his peak as they were five years ago when this fight was first discussed as a super fight. Now, it’s super legacies, with flashes of the greatness they embodied.The suggested retail price is not only a new record for a boxing pay-per-view event, it is nearly 40 percent above the previous high. The previous high of $64.95 (some providers have charged an extra $10 for HD) was established by Mayweather in his fight against Canelo Alvarez in Sept. 2013. Mayweather’s subsequent fights against Marcos Maidana also hit that number.The fight is expected to break the record for pay-per-view revenue of $152 million, which was for Mayweather’s fight against Alvarez, and most buys (2.5 million), which was for Mayweather’s fight against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.Those who can’t afford to buy the fight in the comfort of their own home might plan to go to a bar, but there’s a question as to whether some bars will want to make the investment to bring the fight in. Why? Because bars are charged based on their legal occupancy.The owner of a high-end New York City sports bar said that the fight will cost him $21 a person that night, which he’ll happily absorb, but he can see how other establishments that generate less revenue might take a pass. For that rate, so will many people at home.
There’s a good argument to be made that MLB launched the new sports–data revolution in 2006, when it introduced PITCHf/x. The technology used cameras to measure the velocity, position, and break of every pitch in real time, transforming how sabermetricians analyzed the sport. But this season, PITCHf/x was phased out in favor of Statcast, a newer and more advanced system that tracks the ball (and players) using a combination of radar and cameras.On paper, Statcast is an incredible leap forward — and when it works, it’s amazing. But so far, it has struggled to measure the basic elements of pitching that PITCHf/x had down cold, causing confusion among sabermetricians and fans alike.It all started the first weekend of the season, when observers noted some unusual pitch velocity readings from San Francisco Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner’s fastball was up almost two full miles per hour compared with last year; in a league where every tick matters, that reading could have meant a much better season for the Giants’ ace than expected. It wasn’t just Bumgarner: FanGraphs writer Dave Cameron quickly noticed that velocity numbers had jumped across the league. Days after the changes were noted, MLB data guru Tom Tango clarified in a blog post that the changeover from PITCHf/x to Statcast had altered the way pitch speed was recorded, making it appear that velocity had increased. An MLB Advanced Media spokesperson who requested not to be identified said “the transition saw unexpected issues that have been resolved,” but declined to comment further.And tracking velocity was only the beginning of Statcast’s troubles. Real-time data from MLB’s Gameday app has been inconsistent or obviously erroneous in the season’s first month. Some days, it has gone missing altogether, only to reappear later without explanation. Statcast has always had gaps in its data, but in previous years, that missing information was limited to batted-ball velocity and launch angle. The pitch-tracking issues that cropped up this year are in dramatic contrast with those we saw from PITCHf/x, which tended to miss only a handful of throws a season.Even if you focus solely on the pitches that Statcast successfully tracks, its measurement error is much higher than PITCHf/x’s was. We can tell whether a park is systematically measuring pitches incorrectly by looking at the average vertical and horizontal coordinates of pitches there. If the data from a particular park tends to always be a bit high or a bit outside compared to when the same pitchers throw at other parks, it’s likely that the measurements are off. And according to models I built to measure the systematic error in each ballpark,1I used generalized linear models, with a random effect for the park. the new system is struggling to determine where the ball crosses the plate. Here’s what those errors look like when averaged across the league. Errors in both horizontal and vertical movement have never been higher in the four years that Statcast has made some of its data publicly available.2This year’s horizontal errors are tied with last year’s as the highest ever; this year’s vertical errors are the highest ever. So it’s not just your imagination as you watch the game on TV: In-broadcast representations of the strike zone (like FoxTrax) take their data from Statcast, and Statcast’s errors, in turn, have bred anger with umpires and confusion over how pitches are being called.Statcast runs into the most trouble when it’s quantifying pitch break, or the degree to which pitches move up and down or side to side as they travel between the mound and the plate. Third-party observers have catalogued numerous inaccuracies with Statcast’s break numbers. “It appears that the current Statcast/TrackMan h[orizontal]/v[ertical] break can be up to 3 inches divergent from the truth, simply comparing it to 2016 PITCHf/x data,” said Kyle Boddy, a data-driven trainer with multiple MLB clients. Even the average Statcast-reported break number is about an inch off. Some readings are especially egregious: One pitch was originally reported to have arced upward more than 20 inches on its trip from the mound to the plate. The combination of errors in velocity and break have rendered some pitches impossible to classify, further confusing sabermetricians.Making matters worse, some ballparks show much larger errors than others. So far this season, Atlanta’s brand-new SunTrust Park appears to have the most accurate vertical break numbers, only off by two-tenths of an inch on average. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park shows the worst errors, missing by an average of 2.4 inches per pitch. So not only are the errors bigger than in the days of PITCHf/x, they’re also more inconsistent: Last year, every park’s errors ranged from 0.04 to 1.4 inches.Park-specific calibration errors such as these may explain other aberrant MLB trends. Despite the aforementioned league-wide hike in measured velocity, Chicago Cubs starters have registered lower fastball velocities than last year, sparking concern among Cubs fans. Writers have pointed to poor starts by Chicago pitchers as evidence that the velocity drop-offs are real, and even suggested that it could be part of a conscious effort by Cubs pitchers to decrease fatigue. But the far simpler explanation is bad data: If the club’s pitch tracker is poorly calibrated, it could make it look like pitchers are losing velocity when in fact the readings are just wrong. Supporting this idea is the fact that opposing teams’ pitchers in Wrigley have also registered a lower raw velocity than average. Unless the Cubs’ velocity woes are contagious, it seems likely that Statcast errors are driving some of their low numbers.The root cause of Statcast’s troubles is unknown. The problems could originate in the hardware, the computer code processing the resulting data, or any other part of a complex system. The hardware part of Statcast — the part that actually tracks pitches — is a radar system sold by a company called TrackMan. Boddy’s company, Driveline Baseball, maintains their own TrackMan machine and has previously characterized its performance. “It is well-known in the industry that TrackMan has a lot of calibration issues, especially in nonstandard deployments.” Boddy said. For a radar system that works best in empty environments, it hardly gets less standard than trying to take measurements in a crowded MLB stadium on game day.The good news is that MLB could learn from the last major technological innovation it deployed. When PITCHf/x first came out in the postseason of 2006, there were major issues with its initial calibration. “The data was open sourced and required tons of work from the public sphere to massage and get right,” Boddy said. “It was years before the data stabilized, and MLBAM has public analysts to thank for doing tons of free work.” But in contrast to a decade ago, MLB is now providing very little detail about Statcast’s internal workings. Without greater disclosure from MLB, it’s impossible to know what issues Statcast is having, or when they may be resolved. (At times, their own analysts appear to find out about changes to the public data after the fact.) Until Statcast improves, television viewers and sabermetricians alike will have to take pitch-tracking measurements with a grain of salt.