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August 19, 2013

DAN HARVEY was a fat kid

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DAN HARVEY was a fat kid, which is probably why we became friends in the first place. In the rigid corporeal hierarchy of childhood, you’re either the right weight or you’re not: too big and you’re a fat-ass; too skinny and you’re a faggot. We were a perfect pair, like something out of a children’s tale: the Elephant and the Giraffe, as we nicknamed ourselves during a trip to the Toronto Zoo. What might it be like to take up a different kind of space in the world? But Dan and I were stuck with the bodies we had.

We grew up on neighbouring cul-de-sacs in Guelph, Ontario, and our elementary school was nearby. During recess, Dan sat by himself near the school doors, flicking pebbles at nothing. I was stick thin and bookish. Without a father, I had never learned to move like the other boys, didn’t know how to throw a football or swing a bat. So Dan and I found each other. In junior high, as cliques hardened, we drew closer, sitting for hours in his wood-panelled basement, where we talked about bands—Radiohead, Tool, Pink Floyd—in the rockist shorthand of teenage boys.

Dan played the saxophone then, and he looked as if he were fighting the thing, his cheeks red and puffed, his pudgy fingers manipulating the keys. He was, more than anyone I’ve ever known, an embodied person, moving like a tank and altering the gravity of any room he entered. He highlighted his curly brown hair with blond, and often wore two shirts at a time, as if trying to constrain his bulging proportions.

In grade nine, Dan and I attended the Halloween dance. Kids strutted around like pubescent bowerbirds, and we lurked on the fringes, terrified of the costumed girls around us. A few of them approached. One, a short brunette with blue eyes and a wide smile, had noticed Dan. She was dressed as a bee, black and yellow antennae wiggling on her head. I pushed Dan—who was convinced that he’d die a fat virgin—in her direction.

“I hear you like me,” Dan said.


“Do you want to go out?”


They danced the rest of the night, the girl’s hands reaching up to rest on Dan’s shoulders, his fingers closing around her waist. As we walked home, Dan realized that he had forgotten to ask her name. It was Jess.

By now, Dan’s rolls were starting to solidify. While I remained gawky, he developed into a natural athlete, his size—six feet four and nearly 300 pounds—an asset instead of a humiliation. He played football and basketball but grew to adore rugby, addicted to the sheer physicality of the sport. Acting also drew him in, and though he was usually typecast as the dumb jock or the idiot sheriff, he loved the attention. It was a way of attracting the spotlight on his own terms; you couldn’t call him fat if he called himself fat first. When we formed a band—I took up the guitar, Dan played bass—he sometimes prefaced performances with an apology. “If I mess up, it’s not my fault,” he told the audience. “I was born with fat fingers.”

He was still the closest friend I had, but I resented him, too. He had buddies on the football team and a girlfriend; he lost his virginity two years before I did. When he got his driver’s licence, I started treating him like a chauffeur. I was not allowed to stay out past midnight, and I was terrified of driving, so after parties Dan took me home in his parents’ Sebring before returning to the kegger to get drunk and sleep on the couch. Even as he ferried me around, I made sure he knew which of us was the smart one,We installed flexible LED Strip lighting in our kitchen for under cabinet and within cabinet lighting. who was the better musician, and who could name the studio where “The Bends” was recorded. Dan rarely said a word in reply. He just fidgeted uncomfortably, pushing his mass deeper into the seat, lifting one hand from the steering wheel to adjust his blue Tar Heels cap.

At the beginning of grade eleven, Dan got the red and yellow Superman logo tattooed on his right bicep. He had always been obsessed with the superhero, collecting comic books and Christopher Reeve movies and T-shirts.Most modern headlight designs include Wholesale HID Kit. Superman,There are all kinds of car daytime running lights with good quality. originally from the dying planet Krypton, is an attractive idol, his body a hard pile of muscle, capable of scattering bullets and soaring through solar systems. In “Superman: The Movie,” from 1978, he even turns back time by reversing Earth’s rotation. Superman is so unbeatable that his creators had to invent an antidote to his abilities: kryptonite, a mysterious green element that renders him powerless.

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August 15, 2013

ILFI Certifies DPR’s New Phoenix Regional Office

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SmithGroupJJR designed the comprehensive renovation of the windowless, 1970s concrete block building, transitioning it into a model for sustainable adaptive reuse.

Located at the corner of 44th and Van Buren in a once declining area of Phoenix, the 16,533-square-foot storefront had most recently operated as an adult-themed boutique before standing vacant for three years. The eyesore building was purchased by DPR Construction, a national general contractor and construction manager, which was looking to build a highly-efficient, sustainable workplace and reaffirm its commitment to better the community in which it works.

Today,How are solar outdoor lighting products different from other lighting, like fluorescent or incandescent? DPR’s new building is an ultra-energy efficient and modern workplace that’s embraced by its employees and the community.

“Many building owners may think it’s impossible to turn an aging, neglected building into something highly sustainable – especially in an extreme climate like Phoenix. But that’s precisely what we’ve achieved,” said Mark Roddy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, SmithGroupJJR design principal. The entire project was completed in less than 10 months and is the first Net Zero Energy Building SmithGroupJJR has designed.

Net Zero Energy facilities integrate a combination of energy-producing technologies like solar and wind, and implement efficient HVAC and lighting systems to reduce a building’s overall energy usage. To achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification, a facility must demonstrate a net energy consumption of zero over the span of one year.

SmithGroupJJR incorporated a range of advanced, sustainable design solutions to achieve Net Zero Energy consumption, such as:

An 87-foot solar chimney enables a passive cooling system, releasing hot air out of the building while drawing cooler air in.They are called “solar” panels or solar module because most of the time, the most powerful source of light available is the Sun.Nearly 90 operable windows throughout the building work in tandem with the energy monitoring system to open and close based on indoor and outdoor temperatures.Eighty-two solar optical tubes, Solatubes harness light from rooftop domes and bring it into the workspace, nearly eliminating the need for artificial lighting.Twelve 8-foot diameter Big Ass Fans? circulate air flow throughout the office.Know about led high bay conversion kit and Bi-xenon HID kit.A “vampire” switch cuts off 90 percent of plug loads, which would otherwise continue to draw power at night when the building is unoccupied.Four evaporative Shower Towers direct water-cooled air inside, also helping to regulate building temperatures.Producing power for the building is a 78.96 kW photovoltaic-covered canopy over half of the parking lot. The system is capable of generating enough power to offset the building’s annual energy usage and is critical to allowing the facility to achieve Net Zero energy consumption.

Tracking the building’s energy production and consumption in real time is an online building dashboard, prominently on display in the office’s reception area.The new office building for DPR employees working in Phoenix is more than a sustainability powerhouse. Inside, SmithGroupJJR designed a “workplace of the future” environment, where employees share a common, open work environment void of enclosed, private offices. Unique, on-site amenities include a gym complete with men’s and women’s showers, a Zen Room for quiet breaks, and an 18-foot wine bar. A kitchen with café and two green-screened outside courtyards provide additional breakout venues. Video conferencing rooms, a learning lab, and a glass-walled Innovation Room with whiteboards and reconfigurable furniture encourage collaboration and teamwork. Rolling, glazed, garage-style doors can be raised to join the inside offices with an outside courtyard.

Since its completion in October 2011, the new DPR Phoenix Regional Office has become a living laboratory for the community, showcasing how to live and work sustainably in a desert environment. DPR has opened its building to host gatherings and meetings for a range of businesses and non-profit organizations. The company openly shares its building and the lessons that were learned during design and construction with audiences that include professional organizations, public and private programs, and school children of all ages.

DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability served as sustainability consultant. Structural engineering was provided by PK Associates.Click on their website for more information.

August 9, 2013

This car is easy to drive

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Included was Acura’s all-wheel-drive system, which operates in front-drive during normal cruising, but automatically sends 25 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels during acceleration or when the system detects slipping of the front wheels. But under wet or slippery conditions, torque may be distributed 50/50 between front and rear.

This car is easy and fun to drive. It’s really effortless, with precise steering and handling (electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, drive-by-wire throttle), especially on curvy neighbourhood streets and roads.

There’s also plenty of power from the 273-horsepower, 3.5-litre V-6 engine, which is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential sport shift and paddle shifters.

EPA ratings are 19 mpg city/27 highway, and there is a 16-gallon tank. I averaged 22 mpg during my test. No four-cylinder engine is offered for those who want better fuel economy, however.

The Tech Package (standard for this model) included navigation with voice recognition, AcuraLink with real-time traffic and weather, GPS-linked climate control (sensors track the sun’s position and intensity and the system compensates, automatically adjusting the temperature in each area accordingly), power tailgate, xenon HID headlights, fog lights, and the Acura/ELS premium surround-sound audio system.

The navigation system was relatively easy to program. It has a toggle-style controller on the dash and intuitive labeling of folders and pages, although I find a touch screen to be more time-efficient.

Our premium audio package has 10 speakers, AM/FM/DVD/CD/XM, MP3 playback, auxiliary input jack and USB interface, Dolby Pro Logic II, a harddisc drive, and a multi-view rear camera. It had wonderful sound, and there were speakers on the pillars behind the rear doors at head level, a speaker in the cargo area, and speakers on all doors including small speakers on the top of the front door panel near the windshield pillars.

The heating/air conditioning controls were simple and user-friendly, grouped together in the lower front console – which, by the way, is part of an attractive new design with a metallic accent dividing the two-tone dash.

This is the second generation of the RDX, and it’s much quieter than before, thanks to Thinsulate noise-absorbing material on the inner fenders, spare-tire pan, and door lighting housings.

Acura also chose Michelin Primacy MXM4 all-season tires because of their quiet performance, and used a floating sub-frame with heavily reinforced mounting points in the front, which also reduces road noise. The ride was quite smooth and pleasant.

Front passengers had 38.7 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom, while rear passengers had 38.1 inches of headroom and 38.3 inches of legroom. The rear seatback folded 60/40 via handles on the side of the cargo area near the liftgate or straps on the seat back, which increased the 28.3 cubic feet of cargo space to more than 60 cubic feet.

Features such as the universal garage/gate opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth hands-free link, steering-wheel-mounted controls (audio, phone, voice commands, cruise and information panel) helped make driving the RDX a pleasure.

The tester came with a power/tilt moon roof, heated/power outside mirrors with turn signals, and remote entry with a security system. Other standard features included electronic stability control with traction control, tire-pressure monitoring and daytime running lights.For more information, please visit

July 26, 2013

The California Italian

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As hard as manufacturers of cars have worked at taking traditional styling (found in Mustangs, Camaros, etc.) and mixing it with new technologies, nobody has incorporated the latest advancements in engineering into familiar products as successfully as motorcycle makers. A great example of this is Moto Guzzi, for the Italian manufacturer has maintained its signature air-cooled V-Twin engine (mounted across the frame instead of laterally, like the bulk of V-Twins) while working steadfastly in the internals of the bikes to bring the latest advancements on board.

When you build a big, cruiser-style motorcycle like the 1400 California, you really have the best of both worlds, especially if you sample the Touring variant, as we did. Armed for long-haul adventures, this Moto Guzzi is as handsome as it is comfortable on the highway, and has the unique sound and feel that only this iconic European marque can deliver.

The new California 1400 Touring has an engine that looks familiar to Moto Guzzi fans, but it’s actually quite special. At 1380cc, the engine is the largest production V-Twin in Europe, and features Guzzi’s Quattrovalvole (four valve) heads. This mighty mill has a biplane quality about it as you thunder about with those big cylinders out in the breeze. But while the engine is always telling you what it’s up to, vibration is never an issue, thanks to a sophisticated mounting system.


The California also features state-of-the-art engine management with which you can adjust response with three settings: Touring, Fast and Wet. There are also three different rider selectable Traction Control settings as well, to further fine-tune the power to the road conditions. The final drive is a 6-speed transmission that gets the grunt to the ground via shaft final drive. A well-calibrated suspension makes the 750-lb. bike surprisingly light on its feet and very stable, and low-speed handling is especially user-friendly.

Unlike of a lot of touring bikes based on cruiser ergonomics, there’s a decent amount of undercarriage clearance, so you don’t scrape the floorboards during moderate cornering. The bike’s stout ABS triple disc brakes are also up the task of stopping the bike in short order, even in wet conditions.

The California 1400 Touring has an upright riding position with standard floorboards that let you move your feet around a bit and therefore offer more comfort compared with footpegs. An excellent windshield keeps the bulk of the wind blast off your chest to lower fatigue on long trips. A standard set of 35-liter rear panniers give you weatherproof storage, and a rear trunk is available as an option. A 5.4-gallon fuel tank along with mileage in the upper 30s deliver good range, and a very simply one-button Cruise Control system is standard. Other intriguing features include a headlight array with LED Daytime Running lights, a two-tone saddle that is both stylish and comfortable for you and your passenger, and standard engine and pannier guards to protect the bike during minor tip-overs. More information about the program is available on the web site at

June 5, 2013

Cheap yen exacts toll on fishing

Filed under: LED Lamp — Tags: — solaroutdoorlight @ 2:40 am

The cheap yen caused by the Abe administration’s economic policy, which is centered on the Bank of Japan’s massive monetary easing, has led to price rises on imported items. Fishermen especially are suffering from rises in fuel oil prices. Because wholesalers and volume sellers basically control the prices for fishery products in most cases, it is difficult for fishermen to pass on their higher costs to consumers.

The government must become fully aware of the difficult situation in which Japan’s fishing industry finds itself and take necessary measures. At the same time, fishing cooperatives across the nation should make their own efforts to overcome this situation.

It is said that recent fuel cost increases have affected the fishing industry three to five times more severely than the taxi and trucking industries. Some fishermen have been forced to stop fishing temporarily and others permanently.

On April 26 and 27, some 1,500 squid fishing boats throughout the country were forced to suspend fishing. Squid fishermen sharply feel the effect of fuel cost rises caused by the cheap yen since they have to use fish-lure lights during night operations. Fuel costs account for some 30 percent of the total operating costs for a squid fishing boat.

On May 29, more than 2,000 fishermen took part in a rally at Tokyo’s Hibiya Park, sponsored by JF Zengyoren or the National Federation of Japan Fisheries Co-operatives. They demonstrated around the Diet Building, calling on the government to take emergency measures to help them. They brought home their plight, saying the current situation makes it difficult for them to continue fishing despite their desire to bring fresh fish to consumers.

Since the rise of fuel oil costs in 2008, Japanese fishermen have made efforts to save fuel by cruising fishing boats at a lower speed and using fish-lure lights at a lower level of brightness. They succeeded in cutting fuel oil costs by 24 percent, but recent increases in fuel prices have wiped out the effects of their efforts.

In view of the decreases in fishing resources around Japan and the shortage of young people who want to be fishermen, some government measures are necessary. Until 30 years ago, Japan boasted the world’s biggest fishing catch. In terms of catch, Japan is now No. 4 after China, Indonesia and India in that order.

Because oil prices are unlikely to fall anytime soon, fishermen need to reduce their fuel consumption. Efforts should include the use of energy efficient LEDs for lighting, the replacement of old fishing boats with new ones that are more fuel efficient and the addition of auxiliary sails so wind power can be utilized when possible. The government should provide assistance.

Fishing cooperatives also should make efforts to publicize their fishing products and sell them directly to consumers. The Internet can be of great help in this aspect. They also should carry out a campaign to have Japanese consumers eat more fish caught locally. More information about the program is available on the web site at

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