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    Weber State hires Jay Hill - December 13, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Jay Hill speaks with reporters at a press conference where he was introduced as the new head NCAA college football coach at Weber State University Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Ogden, Utah.

    Benjamin Zack, AP

    OGDEN Jay Hill enthusiastically took charge of the Weber State football program Thursday at Stewart Stadium. The former Utah assistant was officially introduced as head coach of the Wildcats at a late morning press conference.

    I am so excited to be here, Hill said. And Im excited to get out in the community, get our players out in the community and just serve create a good product that people want to come to on Saturdays.

    Hill is the 11th head coach in team history. The 38-year-old makes the move to the Big Sky Conference school after nine seasons as a full-time assistant on Kyle Whittinghams staff at Utah.

    Jay has done a great job for our program for a number of years in many capacities and we will miss him, Whittingham said. He is one of the top special teams coaches in the country and he is ready to become a head coach. We wish him all the best as he takes the next step in his coaching career.

    During his tenure with the Utes, Hill served as special teams coordinator and position coach for tight ends, running backs and cornerbacks. He was a graduate and administrative assistant from 2001-04.

    In his playing days, Hill was a star defensive back at Ricks College and Utah. He played briefly with the XFLs Orlando Rage and signed free agent contracts with the NFLS Buffalo Bills and New York Giants.

    Hell make a great head coach, said Utah safeties coach Morgan Scalley. Jay is a guy with a ton of experience on both sides of the football, really in all three phases of the game offense, defense and special teams.

    Scalley also praised Hill for being a great recruiter who has done a great job in the state of Utah and knows the landscape well. He also considers him a guy with a lot of energy and a ton of great ideas.

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    Boon may be a threat as well - December 12, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    07 December 2013| last updated at 09:13PM

    All these have long made the place a popular tourist destination, where nature lovers can feast their senses.

    A recent draft version of the Special Area Plan (SAP), currently on display for public feedback, suggests that a coming change may or may not significantly alter the hill's landscape.

    Chief among the SAP is the proposed cable car link which, as Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng reportedly said, will be from the Penang Municipal Park to the hill and possibly onwards to Teluk Bahang.

    Penang Hill residents and vendors are a tad apprehensive and cautious over the plan which, in the words of one vendor, may end up being more of a hindrance than a benefit, with issues of traffic and over-population.

    Several environmental interest groups, like the Malaysian Nature Society Penang chapter and the vocal Citizen Awareness Chant Group, have also expressed their concerns and objections over the proposed plan.

    Even those in favour of the plan are cautious towards it, and are calling on the authorities to minimise the damage to the environment should the plan take off.

    Such a call is not at all premature, as the hill's main attraction is nature, and losing that means pretty much nothing left for the hill.

    While the plan may be well intended to boost tourism, perhaps it would be best for the relevant authorities to properly assess the need for such a facility, since there is already an existing train ride up and down the hill, in addition to the access road via the Botanic Gardens.

    The authorities would also have to be mindful of the fact that a similar proposal was scrapped in the early 1990s. That said, it would also be imperative to note that these are, indeed, early days, and things are not yet set in stone.

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    3D Systems Ushers in 3DPRINTING 2.0 with a Dozen New Products at EuroMold 2013 - December 12, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    - Multiple industry firsts advances direct manufacturing landscape - Brings functional, vibrant, precision full-color plastic 3D printer - Delivers simultaneous multi-materials composite 3D printer - Enables high volume manufacturing with compact SLS printer - Redefines Fab-grade Performance with ProX 950 SLA 3D printer

    ROCK HILL, S.C. and FRANKFURT, Germany - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced 3DPRINTING 2.0 anchored by multiple groundbreaking new 3D printing and scanning products that it is showcasing at EuroMold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, December 3 - 6, 2013 at the Frankfurt Messe. 3DS is exhibiting its new lineup of professional products at stand E68 and its extensive consumer products at stand B79, both located in hall 11.

    Throughout this week the company is revealing a dozen new products that catapult its entire portfolio of design-to-manufacturing solutions forward, substantially advancing the 3D printing landscape.

    "The cutting edge products we are launching today provide enormous value to our design and manufacturing customers, leapfrogs competitors and extends our first mover advantage in certain key verticals," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "The exponential speed, size and capacity gains we are delivering together with advanced material options and new scan-to-design and inspection tools, defines the very essence of 3DPRINTING 2.0 and accelerates our customers' ability to manufacture the future "

    3DS is showcasing 3DPRINTING 2.0, represented by its entire next generation 3D printing and scanning products and services at stand E68:

    First and only full-color plastic 3D printer -- Immediate availability of the ProJet 4500 3D printer, the first and only continuous tone full-color plastic 3D printer available today. This category-defining 3D printer delivers ready-to-use vibrant, full-color durable plastic parts straight out of the printer for a wide range of modeling, functional prototyping and real-use products. The ProJet 4500 builds with a new class of sustainable VisiJet C4 Spectrum materials. This revolutionary printer delivers both flexible and strong parts, pixel by pixel, straight out of the printer, in high resolution CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) color with a superior surface finish.

    High performance simultaneous multi-materials composite printing -- Immediate availability of the ProJet 5500X, a ground breaking multi-material 3D printer that delivers the highest quality, most accurate and toughest multi-material composites. The ProJet 5500X simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites layer by layer at the pixel level in a variety of colors and shades including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray. 3DS' printed multi-material composites result in stunningly realistic, functional, large and small prototypes and products for a wide range of manufacturers, designers and engineers.

    Largest format production platform -- Immediate availability of the ProX 950 SLA 3D printer, the largest-format, highest-speed, greatest accuracy and greenest 3D printer available today. Utilizing 3D Systems' stereolithography technology, the ProX 950 is equipped with 3DS' newest PolyRay print head technology that can manufacture real parts at up to 10 times the speed of other 3D printers, drawing on the widest choice of proven high-performance engineered materials that are qualified for the most demanding aerospace, medical device and industrial use-cases.

    High-volume functional parts manufacturing -- Immediate availability of the ProX 500 SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) 3D printer that delivers superior parts with greater precision, durability and quality in a compact production-grade system that is easy to own and economical to use. Designed for the manufacturing floor, the ProX 500 produces ready-to-use functional parts and complete assemblies for a variety of aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical devices, fashion products and mobile devices use cases. The ProX 500 is productive, reliably delivering parts with exceptional mechanical properties at production rates that are 7 times faster than comparable technologies. The compact ProX printer was developed in tandem with the revolutionary new DuraForm ProX material to produce smoother wall surfaces and injection molding-like part quality.

    Industrial-grade direct metal printing -- Immediate availability of the ProX 300 direct metal printer, the only industrial grade direct metal platform that was specifically designed for the most demand manufacturing floor conditions, delivering high density, metal printed parts from a large choice of materials and to very accurate precision. The ProX 300 is the first Phenix system to be rebranded as part of 3DS' rapidly expanding DDMS 3D printers family. The company is also immediately beginning to ship its rebranded ProX 100 and ProX 200 DMS 3D printers at EuroMold.

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    Reimagining the Desert - December 12, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Lucid Stead

    Imagine for a moment, a serene destination encased in and exuding light from every surface; a house that blends into the landscape seamlessly. The visuals of the house transform with the changing light of day and night, and this place seems to grow and modify with every new breath of air, with every new phase of the sun and moon. The quiet desert winds are the only soundtrack to this otherworldy experience . . . this is not just a place in your imagination, a getaway for your psyche, this is real, this is here in our beloved Inland Empire. This is Lucid Stead.

    Artist Phillip K. Smith III is a desert native who hails from the Palm Springs area and still resides there today. However, with Lucid Steads nine-year journey into existence, Smith has been maintaining a residence just down the road and over the hill from Lucid Stead in Joshua Tree, to manage a hub for it, as well as spend as much close time with the project as possible. Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, a notorious and highly regarded institution. He often draws inspiration from the Californias Light and Space movement, as well as minimalist design and deconstructivism. Smiths innovation and exploration of new technologies keeps these ideologies current. He was honored as the 2010 Artist in Residence at the Palm Springs Art Museum and was included in the exhibition, Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, alongside Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine and Craig Kauffman at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, where he will have a solo show in January 2014.

    Lucid Stead is truly a collaboration with the desert, and with the history of the area. Smith lives and breathes the desert, and that sense is truly felt in this contemporary, experimental homestead-art-piece. Driving around the Joshua Tree area, its not uncommon to stumble upon the sights of these tiny little abandoned shacks known as Jackrabbit Homesteads, strewn across the quiet landscape. Many artists find solace and inspiration in these homesteads, including Smith. After nine years of sitting with this land and this one shack of a house, Smith let the land and house speak to him and dictate the creativity of the property.

    When people drive up to the house, the first thing they noticethat changes the whole experienceis the silence. The land out in Joshua Tree just has a different pulse than other places. It operates on a different timeline and a different world view. Out here at Lucid Stead, light and shadows interact with the sun. The house has become a part of the desert, a part of the land as it interacts with the light, the reflection, the landscape.

    A lot of my work is about merging these highly precise developments, Smith says, like these rectangles, next to something thats highly organic, you know, something that falls through the fingers of your hands, you cant necessarily hold onto it. So I love that theres these very crisp visions pushed right up against the dry wood. The whole shack is an existing homestead shack, its been here for probably 70 years.

    The house exists as it always had, the same wood, the same door frame, window frames and rooftop. Smith did not replace anything in the project, he only pulled away material and added light and reflection. It is covered in panels of mirrorin the daylight, the house seems to merge into the land, both reflecting itself and the desert it so generously adores. At night, though, its a whole different experience.

    At night, its about projected light. The four windows and the doorway turn into fields of color, Smith explains. White light emanates from the inside out . . . and ultimately that last element was change. You know, this desert up here moves at an entirely different pace of change.

    The nighttime lighting is almost like a psychedelic experience to say the least, a kind of performance. The moon and stars light up the ground, theyre so bright in this unpolluted sky, while the homestead performs its own little ritualistic celebratory dance of light. The colors move and shift around the house in a cyclical manner, but at a slow and steady pace thats hard to even notice. Its beautiful and peacefully satisfying to stand in its presence. With the quiet surrounding of Joshua Trees outer limits, with the peaceful slow-moving colors of Lucid Stead, night becomes the time for Lucid Stead to sing its quiet light song, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but extremely vocal in its own way. The more time you spend with it, the more things reveal themselves, Smith says.

    Smiths past work touches on similar styles, concepts and issues. His intense perfectionism is a gorgeous gift in his art practice. Giant, bright and mind-melding installations and sculptural experiences transform spaces, collections, whole buildings even. His love for the Light and Space movement is very apparent, but he takes that style to another level. Often working with light and experience, it seems his real passion is the pure experienceno words, no figures, no suggestions. Abstraction and creation based on the momentary whole body experience of art is a clear achievement for Smiths worktruly masterful.

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    When a Photo Isn’t Behaving, Bend It to Your Will - December 12, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Response to Print of Feeding Frenzy, Santa Cruz, 2012. Response to Print of Kudzu, Texas, 2010. Response to Print of Egret Rookery, Louisiana, 2010. Response to Print of Green Hill, Washington, 2010. Response #1 to Print of Thicket, 2006. Response to Print of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz (No. 2), 2013. Response to Print of Trumpet Vine, Hawaii, 2011. Response to Print of Shrub with Doves, Florida, 2006. Response to Print of Vulture Roost, Texas, 2010. Response to Print of River Bend, Texas, 2011 (part 1 of diptych) Response to Print of River Bend, Texas, 2011 (part 2 of diptych) Response to Print of Inspiration Point, California, 2011. Response to Print of Trees and Fog, California, 2011. Response to Print of Cowell's, Santa Cruz, 2013.

    Response to Print of Feeding Frenzy, Santa Cruz, 2012.

    Response to Print of Kudzu, Texas, 2010.

    Response to Print of Egret Rookery, Louisiana, 2010.

    Response to Print of Green Hill, Washington, 2010.

    Response #1 to Print of Thicket, 2006.

    Response to Print of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz (No. 2), 2013.

    Response to Print of Trumpet Vine, Hawaii, 2011.

    Response to Print of Shrub with Doves, Florida, 2006.

    Response to Print of Vulture Roost, Texas, 2010.

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    Austin Landscaping | Sustainable Landscape Design, Xeriscaping … - December 6, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder


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    Now you can have the best of both worlds-an outdoor-living environment that includes the unique native plants and features of the Texas Hill country blended with your favorite design style. We'll create a customized, comfortable space where your kids or pets can play without worrying they'll damage some fussy, imported plant. We're passionate about creating functional beauty. Above all, we promise you a range of innovative design options that will express outstanding quality and craftsmanship.

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    Landscaping on Steep Slopes – Tips for Hillside Landscaping - December 2, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Wish you had steps running up your hillside? At the very least, your hill may need a retaining wall. Steep slopes present a great challenge to your landscaping acumen. If you fail to tackle hillside landscaping, you may face erosion problems. But attempts at hillside landscaping by the novice often end up with time and money wasted. So before you begin, read these tips for landscaping a slope.

    Flowering Ground Covers Need a plant that will beautify your slope while also holding back the soil and smothering weeds? These flowering ground covers may be just the solution for your problematic hillside. Browse my pictures to facilitate plant selection and click the accompanying links to read info that will help you determine if a particular plant is right for you.

    Building Dry Creek Beds on Hillsides to Prevent Erosion Are you losing soil on a hillside to erosion? If so, consider installing a dry creek bed. This tutorial tells you how, step by step. And dry creek beds look so good, some people install them even if they do not have erosion problems.

    How to Build Stone Retaining Walls Do you have merely a slight slope in your landscaping, a minor annoyance that you would like to "do something with"? The type of stone retaining wall described in this tutorial could be just the solution you are seeking. Being mortarless, it is a relatively easy undertaking for DIYers.

    Juniper Plants for Hillside Landscaping Those seeking plant options for landscaping slopes should strongly consider junipers, especially creeping junipers. One type is 'Blue Rug juniper plants and their relatives are sturdy evergreen groundcovers for sunny slopes. Using juniper groundcovers controls erosion and weeds, and also eliminates your having to mow steep slopes. These plants are truly a boon to hillside landscaping.

    Landscaping Hills With Pachysandra Creeping junipers perform well in sunny areas. But what about a ground cover for shady slopes? Pachysandra is one choice. These ground covers are not as tenacious as junipers, but they can be effective on medium-sized inclines. Pachysandra will not grace your hillside landscaping with the floral display of the next entry but has nice foliage.

    Creeping Phlox Plants A slight slope in a sunny area can be covered with creeping phlox as a groundcover to help prevent erosion. Phlox bears a myriad of blooms in spring (prettier than Pachysandra's flowers), and using it in hillside landscaping gives you an optimal opportunity to show off its beauty. But like Pachysandra, phlox won't prevent erosion on steep slopes.

    Building Outdoor Steps Building landscape steps will allow you to scale inclines in the yard, be they steep slopes or moderate hills. I asked a professional in building outdoor steps about such issues as selection of materials and the use of railings. Here are his answers.

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    Landscaping A Hill – Landscape Design Advice - November 26, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    by Jason

    Hill and Back Yard

    We are planning to put up a privacy fence on our lot. We have discovered that we own more land than we thought. What we have is a very rocky hill and a flat piece of land that has sage and other weeds on it. Any ideas of what I can do with this? Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    by Michelle (Birmingham, AL.)

    Planting On A Sloped Front Yard

    We built our house and have done NOTHING in the way of landscaping. I'M READY! The problem (for me) is that the front porch is about 50'long. Looking at the house, the bottom of the porch on the left end is about 2' off the ground; then the ground slopes, and by the time you get to the other end the bottom of the porch is prob 12' off the ground. Not sure what to plant across the front to look even. HELP

    Hi Michelle, I understand. That can be an issue.

    A mixed planting is best. I would use groups of taller shrubs at the taller end and lower ones at the shorter end (where the porch is 2' high). Plants to use would depend on your sun conditions.

    1. Is the area sunny or shady? 2. Do you have a deer problem? 3. How much space is there, and is it broken up by steps? If so, how long is each side?

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    15 Hill Landscape Design Ideas | Home Design Lover - November 24, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Some homes are located on hills and it would be challenging to design a house on that kind of typography. Aside from the house, even the landscaping needs to have a different kind of treatment in order to look a lot better. There are lots of considerations to make when landscaping a hill like making sure that there will be a slow flow of water by placing terraces or landscape edgings.

    You might need help from a professional landscaper in order to make sure that the soil will not erode and that it will also appear appealing. Putting plants, retaining walls, terraces are just few of the ways to landscape a hill. With that, we will give you some ideas on how some outdoor home scenes were done. Check out the images to get hill landscaping design ideas:

    This also used rocks which is not merely for appeal but would also hold water and soil from flowing and eroding.

    This one did not use large rocks but covered the soil with greens. The stone pathway looks lovely too. Notice the retaining wall of stones at the bottom which helps keep the soil from eroding.

    There is so much greens in this landscape from the bushes to the trees and it sure looks very relaxing!

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    Hill Landscaping Ideas | eHow – eHow | How to Videos, Articles … - November 24, 2013 by Mr HomeBuilder

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