Project Delayed? Materials Shortages Slow Remodeling and Development

Emilee Geist

This past summer, when
Karen Pearse
was asked to supply a special marble from China for a project in the Hamptons on Long Island, she had to tell the architect that the cost would be at least 30% higher than last year and take twice as long to arrive.

“We used this beautiful marble, which is unusual because it could be used next to the ocean. A lot of types of marble can’t be around salt because it can get damaged,,” said
Ms. Pearse
, owner of
Karen Pearse Global
Direct in New York City, a distributor of high-end materials for developers, architects and designers. “But tariffs on Chinese marble went from 4.9% to 30% in the past year and everything takes longer now, too.”

In that case, the homebuyer and the architect opted to pay more money and wait longer to get the marble they wanted. The decision the

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L.A. Times Wins OJA Feature Award for ‘Rise of the Dancefluencer’

Emilee Geist

The Los Angeles Times has won an OJA award for its “Rise of the Dancefluencers” project, which was recognized for 2020 Feature in the Large Newsroom category.

This award “honors excellence in online journalism presented in a single package or story that shows significant depth, insight and new understanding of a story or topic.” The award was presented by the Online News Association (ONA) in a virtual ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16.

OJA Winner 2020

“Rise of the Dancefluencers” looks at how dancers who were once deemed too fringe because of their look, shape or style have broken through in the world of commercial dance — and are reshaping the kind of talent you see in music videos, at concerts, in movies and on TV.

The project was reported and written by Times Arts and Culture Reporter Makeda Easter, with story design produced by Vanessa Martínez with assistance from Alex Tatusian.

The accompanying

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Opinion | Prince George’s plan to build schools will help students and the community

Emilee Geist

For example, all schools must be delivered no later than July 15, 2024, or the developer will be subject to liquidated damages for each day that they are delayed; a design-build reserve account will be in place for the developer to access should there be cost overruns or unforeseen charges. This is not additional money; it has been built into their availability payment.

Additionally, Prince George’s County Public Schools doesn’t make a single payment until 50 percent of the total design-build costs have been spent by the developer. That incentivizes the developer to proceed deliberately and expeditiously to deliver the schools on time. These are just a few of the safeguards under the contract to ensure the project proceeds on schedule; however, the school system’s procurement process and the underlying intent of the public-private partnership is and has been available for public review online since last year.

This agreement also

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PS5’s Fan Will Be Optimised in Future Online Updates

Emilee Geist

The PS5’s cooling fan will be optimized in future firmware updates, depending on how hot or cool future games cause the console’s processing unit to become.

In an interview with (translated by orzkare on ResetEra), PS5 Mechanical and Thermal Design Engineer Yasuhiro Ootori revealed that Sony plans to update the fan based on the effects upcoming games have on the console’s APU. The APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is the chip that powers the PS5 – it’s a hybrid CPU/GPU.

“Various games will be released in the future, and data on the APU’s behaviour in each game will be collected. We have a plan to optimize the fan control based on this data,” says Ootori.

Ootori also notes that there are three temperature sensors on the console’s mainboard and another sensor within the APU itself. All of the above will be used to control the fan speed, based on

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Tesla’s Network Goes Out And Shows A Design Flaw

Emilee Geist

High off the buzz (or lack of it) from yesterday’s “Battery Day” Tesla
suffered a computer network and system outage the next day which left customers unable to connect to cars, sales orders to not be placed, and perhaps most disturbing, according to one customer report, drivers unable to charge at superchargers. A driver in an online forum reported: “I got a pop up on my screen saying my supercharging accessibility has been stopped due to suddenly having no payment method. I’ve been trying to add my credit card back onto my account but it’s not working.” The driver’s account was fine and had charged earlier in the day, but he could not re-add a card and was unable to charge.

Other reports of

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Olay Unveils First Look at Its Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Float Honoring Women in STEM

Emilee Geist


After announcing a 10-year commitment to double the number of women and triple the number of multicultural women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions through the Face the STEM Gap earlier this year, Olay will further champion the cause this Thanksgiving with an empowering Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade float.

The design, created in partnership with Macy’s, features a woman wearing traditional cornrow braids and a space-themed bomber jacket with a patch on the arm, which serves “as a reminder of Olay’s continued commitment to get more women into STEM roles,” Olay Brand Director Janelle Wichmann tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“We recognize that women only make up 24 percent of the jobs in [STEM]. Science is so inherent to Olay’s DNA, so we really want to help change what the face of STEM looks like. It’s part of our 10-year brand mission to solve that STEM gap.”


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Why Your Business Needs Augmented Intelligence

Emilee Geist

The nasal test for Covid-19 requires a nurse to insert a 6-inch long swab deep into your nasal passages. The nurse inserts this long-handled swab into both of your nostrils and moves it around for 15 seconds.

Now, imagine that your nurse is a robot.

A few months ago, a nasal swab robot was developed by Brain Navi, a Taiwanese startup. The company’s intent was to minimize the spread of infection by reducing staff-patient contact. So, here we have a robot autonomously navigating the probe down into your throat, and carefully avoiding channels that lead up to the eyes.

The robot is supposed to be safe. But many patients would, understandably, be terrified.

Unfortunately, enterprise applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are often no less misguided. Today, AI has picked up remarkable capabilities. It’s better than humans in tasks such as voice and image recognition, across disciplines from

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‘GTA 6’ Viral Leaked Map Explained By Game Developer

Emilee Geist


  • Rockstar Games has not yet confirmed if “GTA 6” is in development
  • However, fans are still looking for proof that the game is arriving soon
  • An alleged game dev explained some details about the recently leaked “GTA 6” map

Leaked images of an alleged “Grand Theft Auto 6” map surfaced online a few days ago and gained traction among fans. While the photos have an unverified source, many hopeful fans would like to believe that it is real. However, a supposed game developer shared all the reasons he thinks the alleged “GTA 6” map is fake.

On Reddit, a user named bobert_hoses, claiming to be a game developer specializing in map concepts and 3D mapping, said that the alleged “GTA 6” map recently making rounds online is a fake from his perspective. He pointed out ten issues in the map’s design that do not really make sense with

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Google’s search results have gotten worse

Emilee Geist

Googling didn’t used to require so much … scrolling. On some searches, it’s like Where’s Waldo but for information.

Without us even realizing it, the Internet’s most-used website has been getting worse. On too many queries, Google is more interested in making search lucrative than a better product for us.

How does Google’s alleged monopoly hurt you? Today, 88 percent of all searches happen on Google, in part because contracts make it the default on computers and phones. But whether Google is actually fetching you good information can be hard to see. First, Googling is easy and free, which blinds everyone a bit. Second, we don’t have a great alternative for broad Web searches — Microsoft’s rival Bing doesn’t have enough data to compete well. (This is the problem of monopolies in the information age.)

Over the last two decades, Google has made changes in drips rather than big makeovers.

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Sin and Scandal at Liberty University

Emilee Geist

On May 27th, the second day of mounting national outrage over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the president of America’s largest evangelical university decided it was the perfect time to blast out a tweet featuring the crudest of racial imagery. “I was adamantly opposed to the mandate from @GovernorVA requiring citizens to wear face masks until I decided to design my own,” wrote Jerry Falwell Jr. Below the text was his design: a mask displaying the image of a white person in blackface, standing next to a fellow sporting a Klan robe and hood.

For any snowflakes who might take offense, Falwell appended an explanatory tweet of sorts, pointing out that the image on the mask came from a 1984 medical school yearbook page of Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor. This was true; when the image came to light in February 2019, it had caused quite a … Read More