Open Thread: What’s Your Favorite Tech Nonprofit/Philanthropic Company?

first_imgA while ago, I wrote a rather condemning post on how most “social media for social good” efforts were heavy on social media activities but came up short on actual social good.Still, there are organizations such as Kiva, The Extraordinaires or SocialVibe and many others that do turn user microactions and technology to affect change and do good in very tangible ways. Those are just three of the tech nonprofit or philanthropic organizations I can think of at the moment, but we at RWW would love to know more. Tell us in the comment what your favorite tech nonprofit is and why.As most of you already will know, Kiva is an organization that allows users such as you and I to make microloans to folks in developing countries. For example, I could loan $100 to a woman in the Philippines to help her buy supplies and livestock to start pig farming, increasing her own quality of life and improving the local economy around her. Trickle Up is another similar microlending organization.SocialVibe is a company that helps brands and users create positive social change. In a typical SocialVibe setup, a brand “sponsors” users, who take small actions and engagements to raise money for the charity of their choice. In some ways, it’s kind of like a broader-in-scope version of The Hunger Site, which gets advertisers to shell out cash to feed hungry people when users click around the site.And The Extraordinaires is a program we just recently discovered while finding out how to help our readers use their personal time and online actions to help folks in Haiti. This site allows organizations to create missions. Users can complete micro-tasks from their mobile devices or computers toward those missions. Currently, the site has around 50 participating organizations and about 6,000 members who have completed in excess of 35,000 micro-tasks. Missions range from mapping safe places for children to play to helping first-aid responders reduce fatalities.But there are many ways tech can be used to help others, not just the social media-focused, crowdsources companies we’ve mentioned here. For example, Inveneo helps to give access to information and communications technologies, including phones, computers and Internet access, to people in remote parts of developing countries. And there are many organizations focusing on getting tech hardware into the hands of those who need it, including students and injured veterans.We’d love to know more about similar projects and organizations, whether large or small, new or longstanding. In this open thread of comments, please tell us your favorite nonprofit or philanthropic tech organization and let us know what they do. And please spread the good word and invite others to share, as well! Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Open Thread#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odelllast_img read more

Sanity Check on an Unvented Roof Assembly

first_imgMapping out the roof assembly for a new house in Climate Zone 6B, Steve Mackay has settled on long I-joists insulated with a mix of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam and blown-in fiberglass. He doesn’t plan on venting the roof, and he wants to be certain his design will be problem free. Here’s what it looks like: 14-inch I-joists with 5 inches of closed-cell foam sprayed on the underside of the roof desk. The balance of the insulation will be fiberglass (Mackay wants to use the BIBS system) with no interior vapor barrier. In all, he gets R-67 in the roof cavity, with R34 coming from the foam, and R-33 from the fiberglass. Mackay has read an article on the topic by GBA’s Martin Holladay, and he’s confident the assembly will work. With an inside design temperature of 68°F and an outside design temperature of 22°F (an average of the three coldest months of the year) and a relative humidity of 35%, the inside surface of the spray foam will be about 45°F. That’s well above the dew point of the air and safe from the threat of condensation.RELATED ARTICLESHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingA Researcher Looks at Insulated Roof AssembliesAll About Attic VentingAll About Vapor DiffusionCalculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing “I’m very confident this will work well,” he writes in a Q&A post. “However, the ccSPF [closed-cell spray polyurethane foam] is expensive and the insulation contractor suggested using 2 inches of ccSPF under the roof deck and then using ocSPF [open-cell spray polyurethane foam] to get the R-value I’m looking for.” The assembly would be cheaper than Mackay’s original plan. But does this change his calculations on where the first condensing surface is? And with the change, does the risk of condensation inside the assembly go up? That’s where we start this Q&A Spotlight. Don’t reduce the thickness of the closed-cell layer Citing research by the Building Science Corporation, Brendan Albano cautions that the ratio of closed-cell foam to open-cell foam should be the same as it would be for closed-cell foam to blown-in fiberglass. “So,” he writes, “for Climate Zone 6, my understanding is that you would still need 50% of your R-value to be in the ccSPF regardless of if the layer below is ocSPF or BIBS in order to comply with the code requirement in table R806.5.” The reason that the open-cell foam doesn’t count as an “air impermeable” insulation for code purposes is a code provision specifying that any air impermeable insulation “shall be a Class II vapor retarder” in Climate Zones 5 and up. Yes, but take in mind the rest of the language in that passage, adds Jon R: “…or shall have a Class II vapor retarder coating or covering in direct contact with the underside of the insulation.” Meaning, that a smart-retarder such as CertainTeed’s MemBrian would satisfy the requirement. Jon R also suggests that reversing the order of the insulation–spray the open-cell foam first, then add a 2-inch layer of closed-cell foam to act as the vapor retarder–would allow the assembly to meet code. Another option, he adds: 6 inches of recycled EPS with 2 inches of closed-cell foam, then the balance filled with fiberglass. Reduce spray foam as much as possible Add some rigid insulation and reduce the amount of foam you need, says Akos. “If you don’t need the full 14-inch depth to support your span, you might be able to save a bit by going with cross purlins and some rigid insulation above,” he suggests. If Mackay were to use 11 7/8-inch I-joists instead, he could add 2×3 purlins on edge with 2 1/2-inch-thick polyiso between them. Then, he could reduce the spray foam to about 3 inches. “For lowest cost, it’s is best to design spray foam completely out,” he adds. “Go with a vented roof or unvented with exterior rigid insulation. Spray foam should be the last resort.” Go ahead and vent the roof Mackay, in fact, needs the full 14-inch I-joists because of the long roof spans. Given that’s the case, Dana Dorsett suggests that he include a 1 1/2-inch air gap under the sheathing then install 12 1/2 inches of half-pound open-cell foam. That would yield about R-46 at center cavity, he says, but the assembly would still meet the IRC code minimum on a U-factor basis because I-joists have much less thermal bridging than rafters made from dimensional lumber. Plus, this assembly uses less polymer than 3 1/2 inches of closed-cell foam and would protect the roof deck effectively, Dorsett says. “If a minimum R-49 at center cavity is a must,” he adds, “0.7 lb foam would deliver R-50 at 12 1/2 inches and still uses less polymer than 4 1/2 inches of 2 lb. foam.” If the ceiling is going to be finished with gypsum board, a half-inch layer of foil-faced polyiso between the drywall and the I-joists would bring the assembly up to the code minimum on an R-value basis when using the half-pound open-cell foam. “There isn’t much financial rationale to going better than code-min performance with that roof assembly,” Dorsett says. “The difference in performance between an open-cell R-49 and the more expensive hybrid unvented R-67 using closed-cell foam delivers less energy value than spending the upfront cash cost on rooftop PV solar.” When a roof valley becomes an issue By adding chutes to the flanges of the I-joists, Mackay would create the 1 1/2-inch ventilation gap below the roof sheathing. Spraying the underside of the chutes with closed-cell foam and filling the remainder of the cavity with open-cell foam is one approach. Another, which Dorsett advocates, would put the vapor impermeable layer to the interior of the assembly. But in this particular case, venting will be a problem because the design calls for a long valley. “Yes, a valley is a problem,” Dorsett says. “That makes it effectively impossible to vent unless the gap is much deeper than the TJI flange, and vent holes can be drilled in the TJI webs to allow air to flow parallel to the beam (on both sides) at the bottom of the valley. “Valleys in low-slope roofs (vented or unvented) are also a terrible idea in high snow load areas,” he continues. “Even on higher slope roofs valleys become snow-traps.” Mackay notes that he didn’t want any valleys in the roof, but between his architect and a couple of builders was talked into it. “That’s the roof I have,” he says, “and so I’m stuck with it now.” If that’s the case, and venting is not possible here, what’s the best approach? Dorsett suggests that the most economical approach is an R-49 assembly consisting of 4 inches of closed-cell foam (the type with an HFO blowing agent to lower greenhouse gas emissions) followed by 5 1/2 inches to 6 inches of half-pound foam. That gets the assembly to R-49. “Don’t even bother filling the remaining 4 inches,” he adds. “Use it as your electrical chase … Take the cost savings from that and apply it elsewhere. The difference in energy use would be more than covered by spending that money on an expanded PV array, but there may even better bang/buck elsewhere in the design.” Our expert’s opinion Here’s how GBA Technical Director Peter Yost sees it: Steve Mackay has a 2.5:12 roof pitch on his project so with or without what happens to venting in roof valleys, recent building codes only allow unvented roof assemblies for pitches 3:12 and greater (IRC 2015 Section R806.5.2.7). PETER YOST NOTE JUNE 28, 2019: This is an incorrect statement yet left intact so that the comments below make sense. In my recent Wingnut testing of ridge vents (see posts here and here), roof pitch does seem to make a big difference for roof ventilation driven by both stack effect and wind. I am seeing more and more complex, low-slope roof assemblies on new homes in cold climates — particularly combined with no rake or eave overhangs. While this is good for the building investigation business, it’s just not a good mix from the moisture management side of things. Having said that, an airtight ceiling lid for low-slope, unvented roof assemblies is critical, so both Albano’s and Dorsett’s assembly recommendations are dead-on. See the illustration and table below from the Building Science  reference cited by Albano. I have two additional cautions: Spray foam is the only building product we manufacture on our job sites, and you have to get the chemistry right. For more on that topic, see this article from Building Green: “Foam-In-Place Insulation: 7 Tips for Getting Injection and Spray Foam Right.” Measure and manage interior relative humidity in the winter. Keep it at or below 35% (at a reference temperature of 68°F).last_img read more

Five Ways to Improve Your Nasty, Foul Attitude

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Your attitude is everything. (Here’s an attitude checklist)Your attitude is mostly made up of your beliefs, your blueprint of how the world works. But you don’t even need to get to changed beliefs to get a giant head start on improving your nasty, foul attitude.I’ve been working this recipe for some time now. Nothing revolutionary, just highly effective.Get a good night’s sleep: You might be able to survive on less sleep than seven hours. But you shouldn’t. On seven hours sleep I am something close to the Dali Lama. On five and half hours sleep I am about as tolerant as Josef Stalin. If you want to massively improve your attitude, try to sleep seven to eight hours a day. Too little sleep will put you in a crooked mood right out of the gate.Eat clean and never late: The better you eat, the better you feel. Drop the fast food, drop the snacks, and drop the sugar. Never eat tacos and pizza in the same day (ever). Eat mostly lean meats, fruit, and vegetables. Stop eating late at night, too. You’ll sleep better, and you’ll have more energy upon waking. Oh, and for God’s sake don’t wait too long between meals; your low blood sugar will make you a monster.Drink water: No, seriously. Drink more water. The research indicates that 70% of us walk around dehydrated. It effects your attitude, and it is one the primary reasons you are so tired—and grouchy. (As it turns out, coffee isn’t water. I checked . . . I hope to someday be proven wrong.)Get some exercise: You don’t have to go crazy (like Chris Brogan, who has probably finished his daily workout before many of us roll out of bed). A half an hour of running and a twenty-minutes of weights every other day will do wonders to improve how you feel—and it will improve your attitude. You were made to do physical work of a heavier burden than banging on the keys of a keyboard and shuffling a mouse back and forth across the desk.Decompress: Meditate. Get a massage. Take a hot bath. Sit someplace quite and read. Do whatever works for you, but do something to reduce stress (and life is full of stressors, regardless of how well you believe you are functioning). The time you spend recharging is what allows you to reengage with the world with a positive, empowered attitude. If you are in a foul mood, wind down a bit.You might believe that this has nothing to do with your sales or your business results. You would be wrong. Your brain is trapped inside your tired, bad-food-eating, dehydrated, stressed-out body. Your attitude and your energy are directly correlated to your results—in sales and in life.last_img read more

Erring Belga fined, suspended

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Beau Belga has been slapped a P17,500 fine and a one-game suspension following his ejection on Sunday.Already charged with a technical foul early in the game, the burly big man was whistled with a flagrant foul penalty one after a skirmish with Kia center Jason Ballesteros midway through the third quarter which led to his ouster.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NCAA: Perpetual Help extends Arellano’s slide It was already Belga’s sixth flagrant foul and seventh technical foul for this season.The Sorsogon native will serve his suspension on the Elasto Painters’ game against TNT on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

A Place Called Home To Host Annual Celebrity Bowling And Poker Tournament

first_imgA Place Called Home (APCH) celebrates its 10th Annual STARS & STRIKES Celebrity Bowling & Poker Tournament on March 10th, 2016 from 7pm-11pm at PINZ Bowling and Entertainment Center, located in Studio City.The event is a fun-filled, celebrity-spotting benefit that raises funds and awareness for APCH’s free programs in education, the arts, athletics and vocational preparation for youth in South Central Los Angeles.
For more information click here.Over the past nine years, Stars & Strikes has raised more than $1,000,000 for APCH’s free programs. Previous years’ celebrity ambassadors and supporters have included: Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Brown, Pete Wentz, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Jonah Hill, Howie Mandel, Penny Marshall, Nick Cannon, Keke Palmer, Jason Derulo; and many more.This year’s Stars & Strikes event will be even more exciting than years past, with the return of the bowling tournament, a larger than life poker tournament, exciting prizes and some of today’s biggest celebrities from the entertainment and sports world. Special thanks to official media sponsor iHeartRadio/KIIS-FM, official food sponsor Whole Foods Market, and major sponsors CBS, Midnight Radio (a TV and film production company) and Signature Estate and Investment Advisors, LLC.Doors open at 7pm for the general public. Bowling tournament starts at 7:30pm, poker tournament starts at 8:00pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Register now as space is limited and the tournament is expected to sell out!For ticket/sponsorships, click here.last_img read more

Was Kingsway Theatre saga an act of racism or jerkism TORONTO STAR

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img In his defence, Pereira said Adeliyi was “rude and belligerent to the staff,” which is why he called the police. He says he mentioned race in response to questions by the police.Did the police ask, “Is she black?” or “What is her race?” or “Describe this woman, including her skin colour?” The police won’t say.If Adeliyi was white, would Pereira have said, “She is a white woman with black clothes?” Twitter Readers, not just of colour, described similar bad experiences with the theatre in emails to the Star and on social media. On Yelp, the theatre owner Rui Pereira appeared to respond to negative reviewers with f-bombs.So how did racism become an element here? For Adeliyi, it happened when Pereira called the police on her and described her as black and threatening. Racism is not quite the same as jerk-ism, although a Venn diagram of the two sets would result in a huge overlap.An incident at Kingsway Theatre last weekend left Torontonians squabbling when the black actress, Wendy Olunike Adeliyi, posted on Facebook her experience of being denied entry to watch a film (ironically about race) because she was carrying a backpack.Was it racism or was it not?last_img read more