James Shields driven from Game 1 in the fourth inning


Royals manager Ned Yost has gone to the bullpen early in Game 1 of the World Series, removing starter James Shields after he surrendered an RBI single to Giants designated hitter Michael Morse in the top of the fourth inning. It was the fourth run of the game for the visiting Giants, who then plated their fifth run of the night when Gregor Blanco drew a bases-loaded walk off Kansas City reliever Danny Duffy.

San Francisco will carry a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning at a stunned Kauffman Stadium.

All five of the Giants’ runs were charged to “Big Game James,” who now has a 5.74 ERA in 53 1/3 career postseason innings and a 7.11 ERA through 19 innings in this year’s tournament. Not a good look for the impending free agent.

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GraphLab’s machine learning platform now supports deep learning


Seattle-based startup GraphLab has released a new version of its machine learning platform that, among other things, lets users build their own custom deep learning networks.

According to a press release:

Combined with GraphLab Create image analysis tools, the Deep Learning package enables accurate and in-depth understanding of images and videos. The GraphLab Create image analysis package makes quick work of importing and preprocessing millions of images as well as numeric data. It is built on the latest architectures including Convolution Layer, Max, Sum, Average Pooling and Dropout. The available API allows for extensibility in building user custom neural networks. Applications include image classification, object detection and image similarity.

[company]GraphLab[/company], which was founded by a group of University of Washington researchers, started as a commercial version of a open source graph-analysis project of the same name in 2013. In July of this year, the company publicly unveiled its new, broader…

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Progress Report on Stanford Hospital’s Emergency Department

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In 2007, Laura () and I committed a $27.5 million donation to Stanford Hospital’s Emergency Department. Our donation was for both the current and future Stanford Emergency Department. Today, I want to provide an update on the new Emergency Department!

Stanford is building an entirely new hospital in the heart of Silicon Valley, which will start operation in 2018.

New Standford Hospital

The overall project is 824,000 square feet and will include our new Emergency Department, which will be twice the size of today’s and fully cutting-edge. The hospital will cost $1.8 billion in total. Of that, $600 million in philanthropic donations has already been raised, of a $700M target. Philanthropic donors include both individuals like us and local companies: Adobe, Apple, Cisco, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit, Nvidia, and Oracle.

The new Stanford Hospital will be profoundly transformative for the Silicon Valley community, from complex cancer care to 3AM…

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Ten Courts of Hell at Haw Par Villa, Singapore

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Though colorful in every sense, Haw Par Villa is definitely not your typical park and parental guidance is strictly encourage.

I am not sure if to categorize this park as bizarre is appropriate although the original intention of construction is to impart morality by depicting scenes from Chinese folklore, myths and Confucian ideology.
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haw par villa

Built in 1937 as a venue to teach Chinese values by Burmese-Chinese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the creator of the famous heat rub and ointment company Tiger Balm.
haw par villa
haw par villa

Another entrance free place to visit in Singapore, previously named as Tiger Balm Gardens and now popularly known as Haw Par Villa, named after its creator the Aw Brothers- Haw (tiger) and Par (leopard).
haw par villa
haw par villa

Not your typical park of koi pond and trees, instead Haw Par Villa is a theme park of 1,000 colorful statues and 150 giant dioramas.

From the mythical figures of Laughing…

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