Pedestrian Injured in Early Morning Crash

DES MOINES, Iowa — A crash on Des Moines’ east side Wednesday morning sent a pedestrian to the hospital.

Des Moines police say an LSI Wind Service truck lost some fence posts near the intersection of East Broadway Ave. and Hubbell Ave. around 6:45 a.m. When a worker got out to pick them up, he was hit by a car in the turn lane.

Police say he had to be taken to the hospital with a broken shoulder, a broken leg, and a possible head injury.

Taylorsville, Orem temple sites announced

SALT LAKE CITY – The locations of the next two temples in Utah were announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Orem and Taylorsville will each become home to a temple that will be about 70,000 square feet in size.

In comparison with other newer temples in Utah, the Payson Utah temple is 96,630 square feet and the Oquirrh Mountain Temple in South Jordan is 60,000 square feet.

The temple is Orem will be located in the area of 1471 S Geneva Rd.

The Orem location will also house a 20,000-square-foot meetinghouse.

Taylorsville Utah Temple location

The temple in Taylorsville will be located 2603 W. 4700 S.

The lot currently houses a meetinghouse that will be removed without being replaced.

Taylorsville Utah Temple

Architectural renderings are not yet available to the public.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints currently has 17 operating temples in Utah. There are five others announced and one under construction, bringing the eventual total LDS temples in Utah to 23.

New Maya and Arnold Releases are Optimized for Nvidia RTX Rendering

New Maya and Arnold Releases are Optimized for Nvidia RTX Rendering

Autodesk’s dynamic December duo includes both Maya 2020 and Arnold 6, a release that brings Nvidia RTX GPU acceleration to the Arnold ray-tracing renderer for the first time.

A new Nvidia Studio Driver is also out, supporting the release of Unreal Engine 4.24 as well as the latest Maya and Arnold versions. Nvidia said Autodesk was the first company to commit to RTX-accelerated rendering technology.

Autodesk said Maya 2020 has 60 new updates, including performance improvements and new simulation features in Maya’s Bifrost visual programming environment. GPU acceleration will improve caching features for modeling, shading and rendering.

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Autodesk Maya 2020
Autodesk


Maya 2020 Highlights

  • Over 60 animation features and updates to the graph editor and time slider.
  • Cached Playback: Experience faster animation playback and more predictable results with new preview modes, layered dynamics caching, and more efficient caching of image planes.
  • Animation bookmarks: Mark, organize, and navigate through specific events in time and frame playback ranges.
  • Arnold GPU: Access Arnold 6 for production rendering on the CPU and GPU.
  • Bifrost for Maya: Significant performance improvements, Cached Playback support, and new MPM cloth constraints bring even more power to the visual programming environment.
  • Viewport improvements: Interact with and select dense geometry or a large number of smaller meshes faster in the viewport and UV editors.
  • Modeling enhancements: Spend more time modeling and less time cleaning up your models, with new Remesh and Retopologize features.
  • Rigging improvements: Simplify rig and character TD work with matrix-driven workflows, nodes for precisely tracking positions on deforming geometry, and a new GPU-accelerated wrap deformer.

Source: Autodesk


Arnold 6 features improved lights, shaders and cameras with on-demand texture loading and support for Open Shading Language and OpenVDB volumes, Autodesk said. GPU noise is said to be “on par” with CPU noise when using adaptive sampling techniques, which have been improved for more predictable results. And users can easily switch between CPU and GPU rendering in Arnold without changing settings.

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Autodesk Arnold 6
Autodesk

“We’ve worked closely with Nvidia to optimize Arnold GPU to run on the latest RTX GPUs and RTX Server,” said Autodesk’s Chris Vienneau, senior director, media and entertainment products, in a prepared statement.

Maya 2020 and Arnold 6 with Arnold GPU are available by subscription on a monthly, yearly, or three-year basis as standalone tools or as part of Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment Collection software suite. Maya is $195/month, $1,545/year or $4,170/three years, while Arnold is $45/month, $360/year or $970/three years. The full software suite includes both tools as well as 3ds Max, MotionBuilder and Mudbox and costs $270/month, $2,145/year or $5,790/three years.

Autodesk: www.autodesk.com

 

 

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year is…

The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s word of the year is… “They.” According to Merriam-Webster, online dictionary look-ups for the word “they” increased by 313% this year. Others top look-ups include “quid pro quo,” “impeach,” and “egregious. Makes sense. And it’s great that more people are learning that the word “they” is sometimes “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition. From Merriam-Webster:

English famously lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun to correspond neatly with singular pronouns like everyone or someone, and as a consequence they has been used for this purpose for over 600 years.

More recently, though, they has also been used to refer to one person whose gender identity is nonbinary, a sense that is increasingly common in published, edited text, as well as social media and in daily personal interactions between English speakers.

LOOK: Raptors, Kawhi Leonard thank each other on Toronto billboards

As Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard prepares to make his first return to Toronto to face the Raptors on Wednesday night, both he and the city found a way to thank each other.

In downtown Toronto, Leonard teamed up with New Balance to release aa massive billboard thanking the city of Toronto for their love and support during his one-year stint with the Raptors.

After Leonard played a pivotal role in bringing a championship to Toronto and helping change the organization forever, the Raptors raised the bar even more.

After releasing a touching video tribute on Tuesday, the team placed two billboards in the city, including at Scotiabank Arena, thanking Leonard with billboards that perfectly captured his personality.

Even just one year in Toronto had a profound impact on the city, the Raptors’ organization, fan base and Leonard. It’s going to be a special moment when he’s introduced to the crowd on Wednesday night and it should be a very warm and supportive reception.

School bus evacuated due to overwhelming stench of Axe body spray

On Monday, Manatee County, Florida students were evacuated from a school bus after someone sprayed too much Axe body spray. WFTS reports that “according to school officials, the bus carrying Buffalo Creek Middle School students had to remove students off the bus because of the strong odor.”

And from the Parrish Fire District’s Facebook page:

Early this evening our District along with MCEMS responded to a reported hazardous materials incident on board a Manatee County School Bus. Crews arrived on scene to find fifteen students with mild respiratory irritation. All students were triaged and prioritized according to their initial complaint. It was a unified command decision to call out secondary bus to be dispatched to pick up the stranded students and remotely transport to the local High School for a limited access lot to provide security and accountability for parents to pick up students. Manatee Co. School Board reps along with the Sheriffs Office set up a coordinated pick up area.

At this time, the incident is being ruled a prank, as a deodorant / aerosol body spray was discharged on the bus. This is still a active on-going Investigaion in which bus cameras will be reviewed and further interviews conducted.

All 30 students on the bus were accounted for and treated and released with refusals to be be transported by EMS.

(Thanks to Florida bureau chief Charles Pescovitz!)


image: “Large collection of Axe products” by Dannycas (public domain)

Hostodo NVMe Launch – 512MB RAM 8GB NVMe $16.99/year – 1GB RAM 12GB NVMe $25.50/year – 2GB RAM 20GB NVMe $4.25/month

Hostodo NVMe Launch – 512MB RAM 8GB NVMe $16.99/year – 1GB RAM 12GB NVMe $25.50/year – 2GB RAM 20GB NVMe $4.25/month

Hostodo NVMe Launch – 512MB RAM 8GB NVMe $16.99/year – 1GB RAM 12GB NVMe $25.50/year – 2GB RAM 20GB NVMe $4.25/month 3Hostodo has contacted us with some KVM plans with NVMe space out of Las Vegas, Nevada. These are on sale with varying prices and there are promo codes provided for them.
What makes these plans stand out is that they use NVMe drives with exorbitant speed and IOPS.

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They accept Credit Card, PayPal, Cryptocurrencies (BTC, ETH, XRP, and more), AliPay, WeChat, and UnionPay as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say:

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Here are the offers: 

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Test file: http://lv.hostodo.com/100MB.test


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– 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 CPU

– 128GB RAM

– 2x 1.6TB Intel DC P3600 NVMe

– Hardware RAID1

– 1Gbps uplink

As always, if you decide to buy from them, we are interested in hearing about your experience in the comments section below! Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

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