Tigers top Panthers, stay atop Little 4

first_imgKien Mazzotti rushed for two touchdowns and the Arcata Tigers topped its Little 4 Conference rival, the McKinleyville Panthers, 24-15 Friday night in McKinleyville.Arcata’s win puts them at 4-4 overall and 3-1 in Little 4 conference play as the Tigers look to keep pace with both Hoopa and Ferndale in the Little 4. McKinleyville falls to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the little 4 after suffering its third straight home loss.“I just love those guys,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said. “We battled …last_img read more

Raiders sign veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders have signed veteran cornerback Nevin Lawson, the team announced Wednesday night.Lawson has played for the Lions since 2014 and joins a young Raiders cornerbacks group led by 23-year-old Gareon Conley and 24-year-old Daryl Worley. Lawson, who turns 28 in April, started 46 of 47 games he played in for the Lions over the last three seasons (46 regular season games and one playoff game).He registered 18 …last_img read more

Evolutionists Taking Credit for Biomimetics

first_img(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Biomimetics is all about design – intelligent design, mimicking the superb designs found in nature.  Why, then, are some scientists claiming evolutionary theory is where the biomimetic beef is?Gecko toes: the impossible dream.  PhysOrg titled an article in big, bold print: “How sticky toepads evolved in geckos and what that means for adhesive technologies.”  Based on a paper in PLoS ONE (Gamble T, Greenbaum E, Jackman TR, Russell AP, Bauer AM (2012) Repeated Origin and Loss of Adhesive Toepads in Geckos. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39429. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039429), PhysOrg filled its coverage with the e-word evolution or its derivatives no less than 15 times.  The amazing thing, though, is that believing the research paper requires accepting the authors’ claim that geckos “evolved” their intricate toe pads that allow them to walk on walls and ceilings multiple times: “Geckos have independently evolved their trademark sticky feet as many as 11 times, and lost them nine times, according to research published June 27 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.”  The lead author, Tony Gamble (U of Minnesota) seemed astonished himself at the gecko’s luck in the mutational lottery: “To discover that geckos evolved sticky toepads again and again is amazing,” he exclaimed.What, exactly, does evolutionary theory contribute to the engineers who want to copy gecko technology?  It’s not apparent how speculating about gecko habitat changes in the unobservable past would help a design engineer, nor does this statement by a co-author of the paper: “The loss of adhesive pads in dune-dwelling species is an excellent example of natural selection in action.”  Where does he put that on the design specifications, if he is trying to use intelligent design? Maybe this statement about repeated evolution will help:Repeated evolution is a key phenomenon in the study of evolutionary biology. A classic example is the independent evolution of wings in birds, bats and pterosaurs. It represents a shared solution that organisms arrived at separately to overcome common problems.Our representative engineer is still shaking his head.  The authors tell about how they studied the family trees of more than 100 gecko genera.  “The family tree will also allow the authors to revise gecko taxonomy to best reflect the group’s evolutionary history.”  The engineer is still wondering how this helps.The best attempt to give evolution credit is at the end of the PhysOrg article.  Play engineer and see if it tells you how to design a sticky-foot robot any better than if you didn’t know anything about gecko evolution, but were just intrigued by the mechanism on living geckos:“Gaining a better understanding of the complex evolutionary history of gecko toepads allows bio-inspired engineers to learn from these natural designs and develop new applications,” says co-author Anthony Russell, of the University of Calgary.While scientists have a good understanding of how geckos stick at the microscopic level, they are just beginning to understand how geckos use their adhesive toepads to move around complex environments in the wild. Learning how gecko toepads have evolved to move in nature is an important step in developing robotic technologies that can do similar things. “It’s one thing to stick and unstick a piece of ‘gecko tape’ to a smooth surface in a lab, but something else altogether to get a robotic gecko to move across a complicated landscape in the real world and stick to all the different shapes and textures it will encounter,” says Gamble. Examining the repeated evolution of gecko toepads will let scientists find common ways natural selection solved these problems and focus on the characteristics shared across different gecko species.It seems that information could be gained from observing living geckos without knowing anything about a presumed evolutionary history.Sponge semiconductors:  Evolution appeared in the title of another biomimetics article, this time on New Scientist: “Evolution could generate new semiconducting structures.”  Here, evolutionary theory was not claimed to provide insight on how to design things, as in the previous article.  Instead, the engineers look at sponges and their proteins, and then thought they could do better.  They randomly varied the proteins with the goal of discovering structures useful for the semiconductor industry.  This is another case of artificial selection, therefore – not undirected, unguided, purposeless evolution in the Darwinian sense.  It’s like cattle breeding; i.e., intelligent design.Self-assembling proteins:  Another biomimetics article on Science Daily gave evolution only a brief, passing mention.  In this story, researchers at the University of Montreal came up with a better way to visualize how proteins self-assemble in living cells.  “Enabling bioengineers to design new molecular machines for nanotechnology applications is one of the possible outcomes” of the study – that’s the biomimetics angle.  What’s the evolution angle or contribution to understanding?Proteins are made of long linear chains of amino acids, which have evolved over millions of years to self-assemble extremely rapidly — often within thousandths of a split second — into a working nanomachine.A statement winning Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week is unlikely to provide understanding of any kind.Someone joked that a Senator is someone who looks which way the crowd is going, runs up to the front of the line and declares himself their leader.  That’s what Senator Charlie D. from Down-Down-Down House is trying to do.  He’s leading a shrinking band of disciples down the hill to the Museum of Has-Beens.Darwinists, keep your grubby hands off of biomimetics.  It doesn’t belong to you.  You have nothing to contribute.  If you want us to believe that geckos evolved toes so well designed they use Van der Waals atomic forces to stick to ceilings, and not only that, but did it 11 times independently, then we will thank you (for the funny joke).  If you want to tell us that evolution produced proteins that assemble within thousandths of a split second into working nanomachines by chance over millions of years, sayonara.The rapid rise of biomimetics over the last decade is a sign that people are tired of useless just-so stories.  Real cutting-edge science for the 21st century, on the rise in both medical genetics and biomimetics, is based on the implicit assumption that natural structures are intelligently designed and full of potential for enlightenment, wonder, invention, benefit, application, and progress.last_img read more

Miami County FFA Members Attend National Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 92nd National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 32 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Sydney Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, Katelynn Dill, Keira Kirby, Evan Massie, Jillian Niswonger, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Sumsaar Thapa, Alivia Wade, Dustin Winner, and Lauren Wright. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Emily Hornberger, Malia Johns, Jackson Kimmel, Tyler Kress, Webb Kress, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Cammy Shook, Carter Tinnerman, Justin Thomas, Kelsie Tomlinson, Darby Welbaum. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.Almost 70,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2019-20 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Bob Goff. Attendees enjoyed attending the Old Dominion concert, World’s Toughest Rodeo, Buckeye Bash Dance, and attending the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Show. Additional tours were of Wilhoite Family Grain Farm, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lincoln College of Technology.The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter received a Three-Star National Chapter Award, the highest award bestowed to an FFA Chapter. The chapter was selected for this honor based on its activities during the previous school year, in the areas of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture.Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member Kylie Blair was named a National Proficiency Finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales-Placement. Her. She was interviewed and recognized on stage with a plaque and cash prize.Milton-Union School graduate Abigail Hissong and Miami East Schools graduates Carly Gump, Dylan Hahn, and Alex Isbrandt received the American FFA Degree. The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes members’ ability to demonstrate leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs. Recipients received gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate to commemorate the achievement.Thank you to Mrs. Laurie Grube and Mr. Cody Myers for chaperoning the trip. Additional appreciation goes to the administration at Miami East Local Schools, Milton-Union Schools, Arcanum Schools, and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.Attending from the Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA Chapter were (L to R) Malia Johns, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Carter Tinnerman, Emily Hornberger, Webb Kress, Kelsie Tomlinson, Cammy Shook, Tyler Kress, Justin Thomas, Darby Welbaum, and Jackson Kimmel.last_img read more

Bottom Fishers Find Bottom Feeders

first_imgA bottom fisher is someone who fishes for bottom feeders.A bottom feeder is the lowest end of the low-end of the food chain, a scavenger, one who eats what others higher on the food chain will not.Bottom fishers have a way of finding bottom feeders. The bottom fisher entices bottom feeders with an offer that appeals to them. The offer is super easy to acquire. It doesn’t take any real work or creativity, you just troll along the bottom until you bump into something. Bottom feeders are lazy, and bottom fishers know it.Those at the top end of the food chain wouldn’t touch what a bottom feeder eats. Top-enders are energetic and fast, and they hunt for more valuable offers, something worthy of their time and their effort. They don’t even see what the bottom feeders see, because they’re never trolling along in the dark scrounging for an opportunity. The top-enders never worry about bottom feeders competing with them for an opportunity; the bottom feeders are too slow, too lazy, and aren’t willing to engage in the chase.You know who the bottom fishers are. They spend a lot in your category. They are concerned only with price. They don’t recognize the value that you create, and if they do, they aren’t willing to pay for that value.Are you a bottom feeder? It isn’t hard to get there. You take the bottom fisher’s offer, even though it is foul and provides nothing of real value. Then you do it again. And pretty soon you’re used to it, and without meaning to, you’ve become a bottom feeder. Then, the only people you know are bottom fishers. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

The Demise of Cold Calling: A Rebuttal

first_imgI am not romantic about cold calling. Nor am I romantic about social selling, even though I probably use the tools as well as most. There are different mediums one can use to create new opportunities, and it doesn’t make sense to eliminate one medium simply because another medium is available. There is simply nothing about any medium that makes it an exclusive choice. Like a toolbox, you use different tools for different purposes.There are people, however, who are romantic about “social selling,” and they believe that older mediums—like the telephone—are no longer valuable. Mostly, these folks sell “social selling.” They have set up cold calling, something salespeople don’t like, as a straw man to have something to rail against to gain clients.My friends at Sales for Life published this post as evidence that cold calling was facing its demise. This is a rebuttal.Cold Calling has a poor conversion rate. The article uses Keller Research Center’s research to show that conversion rate at 1 percent. That research was based on real estate agents, not B2B sales professionals. Your conversion rate is your own. Your cold calling may not work, but my cold calling works just fine.Only 28 percent of those cold calls engaged in conversations. Same research, but be that as it may, if I could speak to 3 out of every 10 people I connected with, that would be more than enough. But again, you need to skills to engage people in conversation.Forrester says 37 percent of order takers and 27 percent of explainer archetypes will be displaced. Why do people hate cold calling? Because they are conflict averse. Guess what makes you are order-taker or an explainer? Being conflict averse. But so does hiding behind social platforms and using email.Salespeople are becoming obsolete, with 1,000,000 sellers losing their job to self service e-commerce. There is zero doubt this is true, but Twitter isn’t going to save you. Neither is LinkedIn. Only business acumen and deep chops can help you. You are either a trusted advisor, or you are something less than that.B2B e-commerce will top 1.1 trillion dollars and account for 12.1 percent of all B2B sales. That number will grow. It is irrelevant to any argument about cold calling, and that number will grow regardless of whether or not you passively wait for opportunities to come to you. I would argue that aggressively pursuing a seat at the table is better advice.There are more people involved in buying decisions, requiring a team selling approach. This has nothing whatsoever to do with cold calling.  In regard to an argument about cold calling, it should be ignored.Nine out of ten top-level decision-makers don’t respond to cold outreach. Again, if you have nothing worth their time, this is true. But that speaks only to your chops, and says nothing about the medium. You are free to believe what you want, but when your competitor fearlessly picks up the phone and has something to say, believing this will hurt you. You are better improving the value you create. That said, every day people use the phone and schedule appointments with decision-makers. This “statistic” is suspect at best.75 percent of B2B leaders say that they regularly use social media in their decision-making process. What’s interesting here is that the people who would recommend you use the telephone would recommend you all use every other channel. This statistic is suspect, and says nothing about how social is being used.Salesforce reports that 74 percent of buyers choose a salesperson who is first to add value and insight. But how do you cut through the clutter on social? How do you engage in real life conversations where you can share your insights? What’s the fastest way to get in front of a client and share your insight? Still, nothing about cold calling.20 percent of salespeople add value to the process and have five times greater engagement with buyers. Well, that make sense. There is a top 20 percent for a reason, is there not? What does it say about cold calling?84 percent of B2B leaders start their buying journey with referrals and cold calling cannot reach the vast majority of B2B decision makers. Seriously? The same folks that fear the phone are even more timid when it comes to asking for referrals. So much passivity, so much waiting. Are you going to live forever? Does speed to results count for anything? This “data point” is more than suspect. If this were true, your pipeline would be made up of 84 percent referrals, and it something less than that–and closer to 0 percent.Forrester says 70 of execs say salespeople are unprepared to answer their questions, and “there is no way a salesperson on a cold call can be as prepared as a social seller.” What? So as soon as I dial, my business acumen dissipates? I’ve somehow lost my experience and situational knowledge? This makes no sense, and as such, should be ignored.Salespeople need case studies that they don’t have. I am stumped. I really am. There is some correlation between cold calls and case studies?90 percent of marketing professionals say you need an account-based marketing approach. Targeting? Multiple stakeholders? Messaging? Bell bottoms. This is nothing new. It’s fashion.The average salesperson makes only two attempts to reach a prospect. “Success in social requires many touch points through a variety of channels.” That isn’t success in social, it’s success in prospecting and developing relationships. One of those touches should be the phone. Another should be face-to-face. Use social, too. This statistics adds nothing to the case that cold calling is seeing its demise.Be careful what you believe. You are entitled to believe whatever you want, but you are not free from the consequences. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more