Sunday, March 15, 2015

Meet the Weavers: Quadruplets Born to Boise Family

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Meet the newest Weavers, born March 14, 2015: Lincoln (A), Yale Pi (B), Sebastian (C) and Hamilton (D). - FACEBOOK
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  • Meet the newest Weavers, born March 14, 2015: Lincoln (A), Yale Pi (B), Sebastian (C) and Hamilton (D).
The Weavers of Boise won't ever forget March 14, 2015. They family celebrated Pi Day in a big way.

Trumpeting the good news on their Facebook page, the Weavers announced the March 14 addition of four babies—three boys and one girl—to their family. Heather Weavers gave birth at a Phoenix, Ariz., hospital where she said she was under the care of a team of doctors that specialize in high-risk pregnancies.

"Babies and mom are doing well and trying to recoup from the eventful afternoon," read an update on the Weavers' Facebook page.

Lincoln Weavers (boy) was born a few minutes after 2 p.m. at 3 pounds, 9 ounces; Yale Pi (girl) was born a minute later at 3 pounds, 5 ounces; Sebastian (boy) was born another minute later at 3 pounds, 6 ounces; and Hamilton (boy) followed right after at 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

"We made it! The day is here," the Weavers wrote on Facebook. "The ultimate Pi Day 03.14.15 and Albert Einstein's birthday! What a day to have four little Weavers babies!"
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Idaho Film Legend Nell Shipman Showcased in Girl From God's Country Sunday at Boise's Egyptian Theatre

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 4:46 PM

The history of film in Idaho includes Marilyn Monroe (Bus Stop), Clint Eastwood (Pale Rider) and of course Napoleon Dynamite.

However, a large chapter of that history also includes Nell Shipman, director, screenwriter, actress, animal advocate and, many historians would argue, legend. In the early 20th century, after breaking into the male-dominated movie industry, Shipman packed her 10-year-old son and moved to the wilderness of northern Idaho.

In 25 years, Shipman made 27 feature-length films including God's Country and the Woman, Under the Crescent (based on her own novel), Back to God's Country, The Girl from God's Country, The Grub-Stake and Wings in the Dark. Shipman's films feature stunning backcountry photography, including scenes of dog-sledding through Idaho's wilderness, jumping into raging rivers for breathtaking rescues, groundbreaking nude scenes and images of Shipman embracing animals—bears, cougars, you name it.

Shipman was the very definition of an independent filmmaker, living hand-to-mouth to film her breakthrough projects. As a result, she was ignored by the Hollywood system. She died penniless and nearly forgotten, which is all the more reason to see Girl From God's Country, a new Idaho-made documentary from director Karen Day, showing at 7 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at The Egyptian Theatre. The film, which premiered at last week's Sun Valley Film Festival, has an endless amount of archival images from Shipman's films and is a treasure-trove for any historian or film fan.

Girl From God's Country also dovetails into a bigger examination of women in film, past, present and future; and audiences will leave with a call to action to support more women filmmakers with a vote from the pocketbook.

"Do you want to see more women filmmakers? Go see their movies on opening weekend. That's how you do it That''s how women will get to make more feature films," says one advocate in the film. "Awards? Those go to the people who have access."

Just imagine that today's Motion Picture Academy would be smart or brave enough to honor such a pioneer as Shipman.

General tickets for the Girl From God's Country screening are $20. Special VIP tickets are $100 and include a special wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m., when fans can talk with the filmmakers and get a special screening of Finding Nell, a 15-minute short film. Proceeds benefit the Neil Shipman Grant for Emerging Filmmakers.

GIRL FROM GOD'S COUNTRY Trailer 3 minutes from gcg productions on Vimeo.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Video: Designed in Idaho, Navy's New Electric Warship is Expensive, Faces Technology Hurdles

Posted By on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 12:32 PM

A small-scale Zumwalt-class destroyer test model in Lake Pend Oreille. - U.S. NAVY
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  • A small-scale Zumwalt-class destroyer test model in Lake Pend Oreille.

The United States Navy loves the idea of the railgun and has been toying (expensively) with the technology for years. The battleship-mounted guns use electricity, rather than combustion, to propel a nonexplosive projectile several times the speed of sound more than twice the distance of other shipborne weapons. Plus, because the ordnance doesn't explode on impact, the Navy doesn't have to worry about unexploded ammunition laying around once hostilities have ceased.

While railguns have been the stuff of science fiction, the Navy has unveiled a ship—designed in part at the Acoustic Research Detachment in Bayview, Idaho—that it hopes to arm with one of the high-tech weapons. Trouble is, the gun doesn't work.

The problem with railguns is that they're electricity hogs. While the Zumwalt-class destroyer, which has stealth capability as well as a railgun, is powered by a 78-megawatt array of turbine generators, the gun alone requires 25 megawatts—approximately enough energy to power between 10,000 and 22,500 homes. In other words, firing the Zumwalt's railgun once would take about  a third of the ship's operational capacity. According to Popular Science, most battleships don't have more than 9 megawatts to spare.

The Zumwalt will instead go to sea with more conventional—though powerful—155 millimeter guns, 30 millimeter guns and 80 missile tubes. While the railgun will have to wait, technology isn't the Zumwalt's only hard-to-manage feature. They're also some of the most expensive weapons in the U.S. arsenal. In a 2008 report from the Government Accountability Office, the Zumwalt program—which at that time had already cost more than $13 billion—was characterized as facing "significant execution risks."

Designed and tested in small-scale forms at the North Idaho base where the Navy also conducts work on its submarine fleet, three full-size Zumwalts have been ordered to date, costing a combined $12.5 billion. The first ship is heading to sea this year, with the third expected in 2018. All told, the project is expected to run to $22 billion.
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