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San Francisco Giants' Alyssa Nakken made history as the first full-time woman head coach in Major League Baseball. She joins the "With Authority" podcast to talk about her journey and what's next for the Giants in 2021.
Talk about Female Giants
"Never once did Gabe talk about being the first or even being female," Nakken said. "We needed an All-Star on this staff to just help kind of guide the ship because all of these coaches are new except for Ron Wotus and I've been in the organization for five years."
The Bible describes many individuals as giants, and it also mentions several giant people groups. Interpreters have speculated about the size of these people with guesses ranging anywhere from 6 feet to more than 30 feet in height. Also, a great deal of misinformation about giants in the Bible has been proliferated on the Internet along with some fake pictures of supposed giants. So did these giants really exist? If so, how big were they?
This article surveys all of the individuals and people groups described as giants in Scripture. Next, some ancient records and archaeological data that corroborate some of the biblical data will be examined. The article concludes with a study of how big these people could have been based on what we currently understand about genetics and biology.
Many modern scholars scoff at the idea that there could have been giant warriors in excess of seven and a half feet tall. Consequently, the biblical dimensions of these people have often been downplayed or ignored. However, the biblical data about these people can be trusted because it is in the Word of God. Furthermore, other ancient sources describe giants, and the Anakim are even mentioned as dwelling in the land of Canaan.
Giants, or "jotunbrud" in their own tongue, were intelligent creatures with their own set of cultures and customs. The intelligence varied according to the type of giant (and as with humans, with the individual) but most were at least on a human level of intellect, with the exception of hill giants. Most giants saw themselves as superior to all other creatures. The ordning was one reason for this, but they were also much larger than many other species, so they would talk down to and patronize smaller folk, regarding them as unimportant. Giants lived in tribes or familes, but their numbers were limited because of their size, and the difficulty of finding plentiful food.
And here is the truly great thing about this wonder of nature. It is within the backyard of California, so-to-speak, just hours away from where ever your home is located We are talking about the fall return of the Northern Elephant Seals to the Coastline of California. That return happens mainly at two major locations at two different California State Parks. One is located at Año Nuevo State Park along the San Mateo Coast south of San Francisco. The other is Hearst-San Simeon State Park and the elephant seal vista point located about 5 miles north of Hearst Castle along the coast of San Luis Obispo County. Go to either park between mid-November through mid-January and you will be startled, impressed, excited and hungry for information about this remarkable annual occurrence unfolding before you. About now, the dominant bull elephant seals are returning, displacing the sub adult males who have been on the beach for weeks practicing their gladiator skills in hopes of competing against those giant bulls for the affection of the females. But, there is no contest. It is a battle where the sub adults see the 5,000 pound size of the mature adults and retire to another beach in short order. Then, the giant bulls begin the fight for the right to carve out their harem of females and begin the mating ritual. So is this a small-time show on the beach? No, consider this. At San Simeon State Beach they are expecting about 18,000 elephant seals to crowd the four mile stretch of beach. Año Nuevo will likewise get thousands of seals. And it will not be a quiet visit to the beach by these giants of the ocean deep. It will be loud chorus of bellowing and grunting seals locked in battle that is deadly serious. It will be a chaotic scene of thousands of bulls pairing off and all fighting at once, most of the day, with only the lesser males giving ground to the monsters of the beach. When should you go see this spectacle of nature? See below:
Reah of Thorolund, the youngest daughter of the House of Thorolund, is a maiden on a mission, and will appear after defeating the Capra Demon. She is accompanied by her two former classmates, the clerics Vince and Nico, and can be found praying beside Petrus of Thorolund in Firelink Shrine. She will tell that they are on a mission, but never reveals what the mission is all about. Speaking to Petrus of Thorolund (talk option) he will ask you if you want to know the mission of the undead. If you pay him for the information (level x 100 souls), he will tell you: "Undead clerics are given a mission to seek Kindling. Kindling is the art of feeding bonfires with humanity. Through Kindling, we shall one day be granted magnificent powers." Talking with Griggs of Vinheim, before she leaves, will reveal that she is actually after the flame of kindling.
As usual, the 3-D is mostly about 2.5-D, though we do get a few battle scenes where you want to duck. But over all, the special effects are impressive. It really looks like those little men are battling those giant-ass giants, who are led by a two-headed general, with the invaluable Bill Nighy buried somewhere in there playing the general.
Charles Duhigg outlines in the New York Times how Target tries to hook parents-to-be at that crucial moment before they turn into rampant -- and loyal -- buyers of all things pastel, plastic, and miniature. He talked to Target statistician Andrew Pole -- before Target freaked out and cut off all communications -- about the clues to a customer's impending bundle of joy. Target assigns every customer a Guest ID number, tied to their credit card, name, or email address that becomes a bucket that stores a history of everything they've bought and any demographic information Target has collected from them or bought from other sources. Using that, Pole looked at historical buying data for all the ladies who had signed up for Target baby registries in the past. From the NYT:
I think most readers of the excellent piece will find it both unsettling and unsurprising. With all the talk these days about the data grab most companies are engaged in, Target's collection and analysis seem as expected as its customers' babies. But with their analysis moving into areas as sensitive as pregnancy, and so accurately, who knows how else they might start profiling Target shoppers? The store's bulls-eye logo may now send a little shiver of fear down the closely-watched spines of some, though I can promise you that Target is not the only store doing this. Those people chilled by stores' tracking and profiling them may want to consider going the way of the common criminal -- and paying for far more of their purchases in cash.
The female Huntsman (Isopeda, for example) produces a flat, oval egg sac of white papery silk, and lays up to 200 eggs. She then places it under bark or a rock, and stands guard over it, without eating, for about three weeks. During this period the female can be quite aggressive and will rear up in a defensive display if provoked. Some species will even carry their egg sac under their bodies while moving about. Delena females lay a ground-sheet of silk upon which the egg sac is anchored while the eggs are laid into it. They will then complete her egg sac and pick it up, leaving the silk ground-sheet behind. Incubation periods vary and are probably influenced by climatic conditions. 041b061a72