Pikes Peak Summit Complex reaches construction milestone

COLORADO SPRINGS — As winter continues to draw closer, the city of Colorado Springs reports that construction on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex has reached a new milestone, crews recently installing the highest steel beam on the structure. The emerging construct, meant to replace the existing visitor’s center built in the early 1960s, is reported to have most structural steel installations already completed; the city anticipating that portion of the project to be 90 percent complete by the end of this construction season. A report from the city further details that within the next 4-8 weeks all roof slabs, interior slab work, and temporary window assemblies will be installed. “If we can get that done, we can heat the building and we can start doing the plumbing. We can start doing the electrical,” said Bradley Densmore, construction project specialist. “We can start doing all the interior things we need to do, but there’s a lot to do before then.” Working through the winter as opposed to taking a break will prevent a delay of four to six months on the project timeline. A recent press release from the city indicates that the project has also hit...

Check out our buyer’s guide for the best laser cutters on the market. Plus an introduction

Check out our buyer’s guide for the best laser cutters on the market. Plus an introduction to laser cutting, services, and materials. The cutting process was one of the earliest processes to be discovered, which used a laser beam. Ever since its discovery in the 1960s, laser cutting has become an extremely common process in many industry sectors. However, in recent years home and office laser cutting machines have become accessible and affordable. Once strictly used by industrial manufacturers, laser cutting is increasingly adopted by small businesses, product designers, makers, and even hobbyists. In the following article, we’ll provide insight into the best laser cutters on the market – ranging from hobbyist to semi-professional machines. We’ve also included a comprehensive guide to laser cutting, sharing everything you need to know about this technology before you make an investment. As laser cutters become more affordable, we’ve seen a significant shift in the consumer market. What was once a tool strictly for industrial purposes, you can now find laser cutters in schools, maker spaces, and even homes. The spectrum of cutters ranges from budget ones to semi-professiona...

Masterclass: Lugs and lugged framebuilding with Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Welcome to Masterclass, a series where we take you behind the scenes with renowned artisans to share the effort that goes into their craft. In some cases there will be tips and tricks to help you practise at home, other times we’ll simply provide an advanced understanding of how something is created. In this edition of Masterclass, we look at what’s involved when working with lugs to build a frame with Darrell McCulloch from Llewellyn Custom Bicycles. There was a time when all road bike frames — indeed, all bicycle frames — were lugged. This method of construction, which can be traced back to the earliest steel frames, is an easy one to grasp: just match each purpose-built socket to the tubes, and the whole frame can be assembled like a child’s construction kit. Brazing is used to bond each tube in its socket, and provided there is an accurate fit between the two, it produces a very sturdy and durable joint. From the outset, it was a sound strategy, so it persisted for many decades until the industry discovered TIG-welding in the 1970s. TIG-welding was not only quicker than brazing lugs, it gave framebuilders more freedom to vary frame angles. Nevertheless, some framebuilders pe...

Global Electric Fireplace Market Present Scenario and The Growth Prospects 2019 : GLEN DIMPLEX, SEI, Buck Stove, Twin-Star International, Allen

With more than 100 market data pie chart, tables, figures, and graphs, now the Global Electric Fireplace Market study is released by Market Research Store. The comprehensive valuation of the market is presented in the report entailing facts, existing growth factors, attentive outlooks, future trends, and industry-confirmed market data forecast until 2025. According to the study, the market’s key players are GLEN DIMPLEX, SEI, Buck Stove, Twin-Star International, Allen, Napoleon, Kent Fireplace, Adam, Jetmaster, Fuerjia, Rui Dressing, GHP Group Inc., BTB, Boge Technology, RICHEN, Saintec, Hubei Ruolin, Paite, Andong, Ruitian Industry, main business information, company profile, sales, SWOT analysis, price & gross margin, market share, and revenue. You can ask for a Electric Fireplace Market Report 2018 sample here: https://www.marketresearchstore.com/report/global-electric-fireplace-market-2019-by-manufacturers-regions-499707#InquiryForBuying Taking into consideration the ever-changing dynamics of the market, it is extremely essential to know where you currently stand in the market. The data covered in this report can play an important role while introducing new products as w...

Best hedge trimmer: The best trimmers to buy from £50

A well-kept hedge can transform a scruffy outdoor space into a perfectly preened part of your home. And even if you don’t have hours to spend crafting the perfect box topiary, it’s still well worth investing in a decent hedge trimmer: most hedges can be kept looking their best with tidy two to three times per year. Although a hedge trimmer will be essential for large hedges, investing in an electric, petrol or cordless trimmer will be handy to maintain all sizes and types of hedge, saving you time and energy compared to using manual shears. Read on to discover the key things you need to know before spending your cash, or you can skip straight to our pick of the best hedge trimmers you can currently buy. There are three main types of hedge trimmer, each with its own pros and cons. Before you make your choice, consider your hedge type, how often you’ll use the hedge trimmer, and for how long you’ll use it at any one time. Electric hedge trimmers Rechargeable hedge trimmers eliminate the restrictions of corded models. Once charged, you can use a rechargeable hedge trimmer anywhere. The downside is the longevity of the charge: three to five hours of charging will usually give...

If You Love A Bargain, You’ll Go Wild Over These 39 Cheap 5-Star Rated Products On Amazon

Truth be told, nothing gets my blood flowing more than a great bargain. It doesn’t matter whether it’s something I don’t really need — like the titles in the the bargain DVD bin at any given store — if it’s a good item at a low price, I’m on it. Is this the best way to spend my money? No. Are there items I could snag that are actually practical? Definitely. So instead of impulse purchasing yet another copy of Mean Girls, I’m going to stick to the useful products on Amazon that have five-star reviews. At least that way, my wallet only takes a hit when I find something really great. And this article has around 40 of those kinds of products — but they’re all so cheap, it won’t feel like you’ve destroyed your budget for the week. In fact, all of these surprisingly cheap products on Amazon are affordable, you could probably buy all of them. Just saying. So whether you’re in the market for a selfie ring light, an affordable sweatshirt, or a pack of beauty blenders for a really good price (and great makeup application), there are tons of cool products on Amazon to choose from. It’s not always easy to get the optimal ligh...

18 must-have holiday gifts your bestie will love

You remind your BFF that she’s your person every other day, but when it comes to gifting her during the holiday season, you draw a blank. You know everything about her, but you struggle with finding something that will really speak to her. Gift cards can feel overdone so I compiled my favorite finds to take the guesswork out of gifting your best friend. And we won’t fault you if you keep a few items for yourself. After all, everyone can use a little extra self-care during the holiday season, right? This one’s perfect for your stressed-out mama friend who needs a break or your bestie who’s always telling hilarious jokes. It’s a quick read that’s great to peruse while waiting at the doctor’s office or while you’re in the pickup line at school. Your bestie already has the cutest heels in black, brown and gray, so gift her this snake embossed leather pair so she can live on the edge a little. Sweater weather season calls for full-bodied fragrances and these best-selling vegan scents are spot on. The refillable 10 ml travel sprays is also great for stocking stuffers—or keeping in your mini purse. Reminiscent of a mix of autumn leaves an...

Guest Commentary | Democrats turn blind eye to corruption | Guest Commentary

Snow this evening will give way to partly cloudy conditions late. Low around 20F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 90%.. Snow this evening will give way to partly cloudy conditions late. Low around 20F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 90%. Legendary columnist Mike Royko understood the inner workings of the Chicago Democratic Machine better than any before him and probably any who will come after. Royko knew that in Chicago, the Machine did political favors of all kinds, “from million-dollar tax breaks to allowing someone to slip out of jury duty, and collects its due-bills around election time,” he wrote. It was how the Machine kept power. Royko theorized why Chicagoans put up with the corruption that came along with machine politics. He believed the first- or second-generation Americans in many Chicago neighborhoods decided a little exploitation from an alderman or ward boss paled in comparison to the power and ruthlessness of czars, emperors or other authoritative ruffians all too common in the countries they left behind in pursuit of the American Dream. Fast forward to today, much of the Democratic Party has become the party of do-gooders, social justice war...

Review: 34-inch LG 5K2K UltraWide Thunderbolt 3 Display

With near perfect timing in relation to Apple’s big MacBook Air and Mac mini refresh, the LG UltraWide 34WK95U display (on sale for $1399 at B&H) landed in the office last week. Should you consider this highly anticipated end-of-year hardware release? Watch our LG 5K UltraWide review for the details. Note: Please be aware that there appears to be a compatibility issue with the 2018 MacBook Pro with the 560X GPU. This may be a temporary deal-breaker for 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro owners until this problem is resolved. There is a report on LG’s website that says the latest macOS 10.14.2 beta resolves the issue. We have reached out to LG for comment and will update this post with any response. LG’s UltraWide 5K display was revealed during the beginning of 2018 at CES, and I’ve been watching for its release like a hawk. This Thunderbolt 3-enabled display measures 34-inches diagonal, features a wide 21:9 aspect ratio, and has a native resolution of 5120-by-2160. On paper it sounds like a compelling companion display for the MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or MacBook Air. The LG UltraWide 5K display is not a true 5K display, in that it only features 5K resolution (5,120 lines) on the horizo...

Everything that works with Amazon Echo and Alexa: the best Amazon Alexa-compatible devices of 2019

By clicking one of our links you’re supporting our labs and our independence, as we may earn a small share of revenue. Recommendations are separate from any business incentives. This guide has been updated to include more Echo devices, many new products with Alexa built in, and products that work with Alexa via Alexa Skills. Amazon has steadily become the hottest name in smart home products on the market the retail giant unveiled the Echo smart speaker in 2014. Suddenly, every tech company wants to integrate its products with Amazon’s customizable virtual assistant, Alexa. The integrations keep coming, at such a pace that it can be hard to know exactly which products work with Alexa. Amazon’s website tries to keep on top of things, but its interface can be tough to navigate. It also (understandably) underplays the fact that you don’t need an Echo to take advantage of Alexa and all the devices she can control. Not only has Amazon built Alexa into other products, like the all new Echo Plus, Echo Show 5, and the Fire HD 10 tablet, but the company has also allowed third-party hardware makers to build Alexa into their own devices, even letting Ford build the a...

Journal Highlight: Microsecond time‐resolved X‐ray diffraction for the investigation of fatigue behavior during ultrasonic fatigue loading – Ezine

Ors, T., Ranc, N., Pelerin, M. et al. (2019). Microsecond time‐resolved X‐ray diffraction for the investigation of fatigue behavior during ultrasonic fatigue loading. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 26 (5): 1660-1670 Abstract: A new method based on time-resolved X-ray diffraction is proposed in order to measure the elastic strain and stress during ultrasonic fatigue loading experiments. Pure Cu was chosen as an example material for the experiments using a 20 kHz ultrasonic fatigue machine mounted on the six-circle diffractometer available at the DiffAbs beamline on the SOLEIL synchrotron facility in France. A two-dimensional hybrid pixel X-ray detector (XPAD3.2) was triggered by the strain gage signal in a synchronous data acquisition scheme (pump–probe-like). The method enables studying loading cycles with a period of 50 µs, achieving a temporal resolution of 1 µs. This allows a precise reconstruction of the diffraction patterns during the loading cycles. From the diffraction patterns, the position of the peaks, their shifts and their respective broadening can be deduced. The diffraction peak shift allows the elastic lattice strain to be estimated with a resolution of ∼10−5. S...

9 vegan leather work bags: Pixie Mood, Matt & Nat, Nordstrom

Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider, Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. The things we wear show off more than just our individual sense of style. Clothes, shoes, accessories — everything we choose to put on our bodies makes a subtle statement about our values, whether it’s an active decision or not.  For many shoppers, it actually is an active decision. A 2015 Nielsen Report found that 66% of consumers were willing to pay extra for products from brands that put sustainability, ethics, and social values at the forefront of their missions. There’s power in our pockets — we get to choose how we spend our money, so if we care about a certain issue, we can support brands that align with those same beliefs.  As consumers become more discerning shoppers, brands need to cater to their changing desires. Some brands are capitalizing on the unpopularity of plastics by using recycled plastics in their products and plenty more are making transparent, ethical business practices a major part o...

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