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first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Nature contact sheet (785KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Northern Cape province:Quiver trees, which the San Bushmen used to makequivers for their arrows. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: One of the many succulents that grow in the harsh desert landscape that surrounds the Orange River. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Sign at the Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: Fish swim in the Eye of Kuruman, the biggest natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Orange River as it passes through Upington. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Northern Cape province: The Orange River as it passes through Upington. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res imageNATURE 4: {loadposition nature}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

It was a Dark and Stormy Night… for Reading about Geocaching

first_imgSpecial thanks to Julie Henning (CalORie) for the perfect lead in image for this post.We here at Geocaching HQ love to hang out with each other during work, while throwing a few back at a local happy hour, and of course while geocaching together on the weekends. So when one of our lackeys suggested starting a book club, we got pretty excited and wondered about geocaching-themed books that may be out in the world. Turns out that there’s a LOT. There’s even a thread in our forums about it. Here are some of our top picks for geocaching books out in the world:“Can a compass lead you to love?”Ahh, romance and Tupperware in the woods. In Tracy Krimmer’s Caching In: A Geocaching Love Story, we meet broken-hearted Ally Couper who’s, “…had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent. Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part. Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find?” I hope this doesn’t have any DNFs!Romance & caching seem to go hand in hand, but apparently not as much as mysteries & ammo cans. Check out these “whodunits”:“Cache a Predator is a geocaching thriller about a father’s love, justice, and the unhinged game of hide-the-cache.”Cache a Predator: A Geocaching Mystery by Michelle Weidenbenner is a Gold Medal Winner in the 2014 Readers’ International Awards and gets high review marks from online book seller sites. “M. Weidenbenner plants the emotion of one vigilante’s mission into the cache boxes of a gripping tale that will leave readers locking their doors…” Plus, someone is planting body parts in geocaching sites. I wouldn’t want to be FTF that geocache!“While looking for a cache in the mountains he comes across a human skeleton…”The synopsis of Cached Out: A Cliff Knowles Mystery by Russell Atkinson already has me on the edge of my seat. “Newly retired from the FBI and alone after the tragic death of his wife, Cliff Knowles takes up geocaching. While looking for a cache in the mountains he comes across a human skeleton and reports it to the sheriff’s office. Then a second body is found – a fresh corpse this time – right after Cliff found another geocache nearby. When it turns out the first remains are those of a fugitive he was supposed to arrest years earlier, he becomes a suspect in a multiple homicide investigation. He has no choice but to use his sleuthing skills to identify the mysterious cache owner, known only as Enigmal, and free himself from suspicion.”But what about the kids? Oh the little ones certainly have a lot to choose from, too:“Congratulations!” the note says. “You’ve found it!”As a kid I loved the Boxcar Children series and the adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. In The Box That Watch Found (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #113) by Gertrude Chandler Warner, their dog Watch discovers a mysterious box that turns out to be, you guessed it, a geocache! But just as the Alden kids start to embrace their new found hobby, they find that several geocaches in the area are disappearing. This book is a great way to introduce kids 7-10 to the world of geocaching or enhance their already established hobby.“…Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache-a small metal box-hidden deep in the woods…”Young teenagers might actually consider taking a break from texting and putting their smartphones GPS to use after reading Hide & Seek by Katy Grant. This 240 page chapter book follows 14-year-old Chase who, “…finally gets a chance to go on his first solo geocaching adventure. Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache-a small metal box-hidden deep in the woods in some undergrowth. Inside, with a few plastic army men and a log book, is a troubling message for help in a child’s handwriting.” This one gets high points from both readers and educators in online reviews. Our Co-Founder Bryan and his family are on the cover of this good read.Is this a good place to plug The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching: Third Edition by The Editors and Staff of No? Alrighty then, moving on… 😉A geocaching novel in a geocache! Geogirl by Kelly Rysten can be found on KindleFinally, you clever cachers really have thought of everything, haven’t you? Including a book club themed geocache! If you ever find yourself in Ridgecrest, California and need a new read, hop on over to Paperback Book Cache GC1ADKF. The Ridgecrest California Geocachers Club says that this 2d/2t geocache is and easy to find, and bring a book if you want to take a book. One log said, “I took two books, one by Gordon R. Dickson that I haven’t even heard of, and one in the Honor Harrington series by Weber. Left two of Rysten’s books, signed by the author. Enjoy!”So how about you? Read any good (Geocaching) books lately? Tell us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

A Case for IPO Optimism

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by without someone lamenting the sorry state of the venture capital market or our favorite exit ramp: the IPO market. Granted, the overall number of offerings in the past 7 to 8 years has been paltry. Notable individual exceptions are Google (2004), SynchronOSS Technologies (2006) and, more recently, Open Table and SolarWinds (both 2009). But let’s face it: if yours is a venture-backed company, you have had higher odds of being struck by lightening than going public in this first decade of the 21st century.“Why” is the biggest question people ask. Is it too much regulation (Sarbanes-Oxley most notably)? Is it the investment banks? The famed four horsemen (Montgomery Securities; Robertson Stephens; Alex. Brown; and Hambrecht & Quist) rode off into the sunset, never to be seen again. Did too many people get burned by the IPO market in 1999/2000, never to return to buying IPOs? All of these factors must have some bearing on the vibrancy of the IPO market, but they are more about the “ease of getting public,” not the underlying issue that is the real culprit of the dearth of IPOs: we just didn’t have the numbers. The IPO swamp was drained in 1999/2000, and we had to start basically from scratch.If we think of IPO success in a supply/demand context, we can break it down even more granularly:Supply = companies that can successfully complete an IPO,Demand = institutional and retail buyers,Intermediaries = the investment banks that underwrite the offering,Regulations = the rules that govern the whole process.We have had significant “breakage” in all four categories. The regulations are much more onerous and expensive with Sarbanes Oxley and the rules that govern investment bankers who work with analysts. The market share-leading intermediaries for IPOs of the ’80s and ’90s are gone. The bulge-bracket banks are willing take a company public but have thrown in a $25 million per quarter run rate as the bare minimum (have they heard of emerging growth companies?).Those on the demand side of the equation lost money on so many of the prior new issues that they have turned their collective backs on new IPOs. As a result, the demand side dried up these past few years and focused instead on the perceived “risk-free” returns of CDOs, exotic alternatives, and powerful hedging strategies, all of which took risk capital away from emerging growth companies.The supply side, though, is where we have had the most problems. Any company that could go public in the bubble days did go public, regardless of merit. Companies that would have normally been an 2003-, 2004-, or 2005-vintage IPO class went public in that surreal period of 1999/2000 or went out of business because they lost all access to capital, whether public or private. Perhaps no one realized it or we didn’t want to acknowledge it, but building long-term sustainable value takes time, and we have been in rebuilding mode for over 8 years.The IPO market for the second decade of the 21st century will be driven by companies formed after the bubble (i.e. late 2000/2001 and later). Historically, a venture-backed technology startup has required an average of 5 to 7 years to complete an IPO, and more recently that timeline has extended to 7 to 8 years. Mathematically, we are just beginning to enter a period when, collectively, there should be enough companies in the pipeline that conceivably have even a chance of going public.More intermediaries and buyers will most definitely enter the fray for IPOs if the demand side of the equation believes that good money is to be made with this supply wave of new innovative companies. These IPOs in the next few years will have revenue models tied to:The evolving social network economies of Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress,Enterprise customers using Amazon Web Services and cloud computing applications,Breakthrough clean technology processes.None of those aforementioned companies or trends was present in any meaningful way during the last great period of public offerings.So, stay tuned: it’s bound to be a little bumpy along the way, and it will not go from 0 to 60 overnight (the pump has to be primed, as they say). But from our vantage point at the earliest stages of tech financing, some dynamite stuff is coming in the next decade to a public market near you.Guest authors:Phil Black and Jon Callaghan, True Ventures.center_img guest author 1 Tags:#Guest#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Know Your Gear: The Steadicam

first_imgSteadicams offer a wide variety of feature and pricing options. So, which one is right for you?Since it’s introduction in the the mid-1970’s the Steadicam has been a great way to stabilize cameras. However, over the last two decades we’ve have seen steadicam stabilization hardware evolve into many different forms to handle specific challenges. In the following post we’re going to examine some of the top Steadicams on the market, explore a few affordable options, and learn how steadicams work.Photo: Sanjay Sami, Rooftops of Grand Bazaar in Instabul.Invented in 1975 by cameraman Garrett Brown, the steadicam allows camera operators to recreate steady camera movement without the dolly setup. It’s first introduction to Hollywood came with its use in the film Bound For Glory (1976). Since then countless filmmakers have used the Steadicam, most notably Stanley Kubrick for his film The Shining (1980) and George Lucas in Return of the Jedi (1983) for the speeder bike chase sequence.You can check out our quick guide to Steadicam’s here at Premium Beat.Nearly 40 years since its introduction the Steadicam has become an affordable tool for both studios and independent filmmakers alike. With the introduction of DSLRs and GoPro cameras the Steadicam has grown more compact and lighter. We’ll run through the heavy duty studio style rigs as well as the lighter rigs for independents and the price points for each.For Steadicam options we’ll look at two companies Tiffen, owners of the Steadicam brand, and Glidecam Industries.TIFFEN:Tiffen’s high end line is led by the Ultra 2, a complete rig for any professional camera system (13-70 lbs. camera capacity). The Clipper and Shadow series are half the price (non-motorized), but offer the high-end features needed for feature film production. From there the product line goes down significantly in price, all the way down to GoPro and iPhone stabilizers.Ultra 2 – Complete Rig ($66,000)Clipper 324 – Non-Motorized System ($36,000)Shadow Series – Basic Non-Motorized System ($35,000)Zephyr – Standard Hi-Def System ($10,000)Tango – Zephyr Only System ($8,000)Scout – Standard Hi-Def System ($5,500)Pilot – HD/SDI System Standard Vest ($4,000)Merlin2 – Merlin Arm/Vest Kit ($1,000)Solo – Standard Solo System ($500)Smoothee – Standard Smoothee (GoPro, iPhone) ($149)Curve – Stabilizer for GoPro Series ($100)GLIDECAM:For the last twenty years, Glidecam has offered a variety of camera support systems, from the professional level X series rigs, down to the lightweight support of the XR series.X-45 – 25-45lbs Vest Support System ($19,000)X-30 – 15-30lbs Vest Support System ($17,000)X-20 – 10-20lbs Vest Support System ($6000)X-10 – 4-10lbs Vest Support System ($2499)Smooth Shooter – Vest Support System ($1500)HD-4000 – 3.3lbs Hand-Held System ($649)HD-2000 – 2.5lbs Hand-Held System ($549)HD-1000 – 1.9lbs Hand-Held System ($449)XR-4000 – Hand-Held System for Camcorders ($329)XR-2000 – Hand-Held System for DSLRs ($289)XR-1000 – Hand-Held System for Smaller Cameras ($199)iGlide – Standard Hand-Held System ($149)(Glidecam Prices Listed on Product Pages)Have you used other solutions with other brands besides Tiffen and Glidecam? Let us know your story in the comments below.last_img read more