Vikings waive Smith to put him on non-football injury list, per NFL procedures

For the Vikings to place linebacker Cameron Smith on the non-football injury list, the team first must waive him, in order to follow NFL procedures, the team announced.

If he clears waivers, he will revert to the Vikings’ reserve/NFI list.

Smith recently announced on Instagram that he would miss the 2020 NFL season. He found out that his heart is severely enlarged after testing positive for COVID-19. He had to have further testing done as protocol.

“Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn’t have lasted much longer,” Smith said on Instagram.

Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune recently said on Twitter that his “understanding is still planning to pay him his $675,000 salary for the season.”

Smith provided depth to the Vikings as a linebacker and special teams player. Minnesota recently signed Quentin Poling, a linebacker who could fill out a similar role. Poling’s most recent team was the Raiders.


Walmart drive-ins and more places to catch a movie outdoors

Lakeland, Florida
Things feel almost normal at this 70-year-old drive-in, about a half-hour east of Tampa, though its first-run double features on two screens seven nights a week are now repertory classics such as “Ferris Bueller’s day Off” and “Footloose” — and being watched by a 25% percent fewer cars. The snack bar, which serves classics such as pizza, corndogs, nachos, and candy, asks people to wait 6 feet apart. Finally, admission prices are tough to beat: $2 for children 4-9 and $6 for 9 and older. “You should do ‘Groundhog Day,'” a customer suggests on the theater’s Facebook page. “Isn’t that the movie we are living right now?”


Access a Google Spreadsheet from an App without using its link

I am developing a mobile application that the user must choose a spreadsheet that already exists in their google account, so that the information is shown in the app interface.

I’ve already managed to get the user to log into the application and authorize Google Drive access from his account.

Now I’m trying to find a way to be able to see and access the files that are in Google Drive, in which case what interests me is the spreadsheet that is in the user’s account, without using the spreadsheet link.

All Scopes are authorized, we use SHA1 and OAuth as well.

Here the Image when someone open the App

Here the Image after the user log in into the app, and authorize the Google Drive Access, and go to Settings

Here is some example of a window that may be open to the user select which file he wants the app to read

I need some help to solve this problem, or another idea to do that without using the spreadsheet link.

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Is Facebook sync cross-platform?!?

Hi everyone,

sorry if I am re-posting an already answered question. I couldn’t immediately find the answer to find this question.

I have been playing the game on my Android phone for all these years ( synced with facebook). I just got a new iPad and would like to play on both devices. My question is, is the facebook sync cross platform?! I just a little hesitant to sign-in to the game on my iPad with facebook id and have the game reset completely.

Thanks in advance!.

It has worked for me in the past

I’m not sure what you’re talking about but if you have the game connected to Facebook you can get into your park with any device if you remember your Facebook username/password (everyone knows that that is the hardest part).

Hello, @Fakewizard2020. I have tried the opposite(played on iOS then recently switched to Android), and it worked. As long as you log in using the same Facebook account, there shouldn’t be any problem with the transfer. What I would recommend is writing down your support key just in case. :slight_smile:

You may have to play through the tutorial before you are able to logout and then login with Facebook. Make sure not to connect the new game to Facebook, however

Definitely copy down your Support Key beforehand just in case, as @Ronald suggested


Critic's Notebook: The Baffling Blandness of the Shelved 'Black-ish' Episode

In 2018, ABC made the unprecedented decision not to air a completed episode of ‘Black-ish.’ Two years later, “Please, Baby, Please” is on Hulu. What was all the fuss about?

Since it was pulled from ABC’s schedule in the spring of 2018, the “Please, Baby, Please” episode of Black-ish has been notorious primarily for being notorious, controversial for having been the subject of controversy.

At the time, Channing Dungey, then ABC’s entertainment president and since departed for Netflix, emphasized that there wasn’t a specific topical reason for the decision not to air the episode — that it basically hadn’t come together creatively and there had been a collective determination that it wouldn’t air. Series creator Kenya Barris, who directed the episode and co-wrote it with Peter Saji, agreed that it was a “mutual” move, simultaneously plowing ahead with his work at ABC and picking up his overall deal and moving it to Netflix.

That meant that, in lieu of parsing actual points of discord, critics and reporters were left speculating about what aspects of “Please, Baby, Please” had been too hot for ABC primetime. There was consensus that the episode was about Dre (Anthony Anderson) attempting to calm his infant son in the middle of a disruptive storm, in the process comparing it to the level of discomfort and unrest many Americans were feeling a year-plus into the Trump administration.

Since it would not have been the first time that Black-ish tackled sticky political subject matter — much less the first time the show expressed concern about Donald Trump and his divisive impact on the nation — folks were left to latch onto rumored tidbits from the episode as justification. Specifically, there was a narrative that the reason the Black-ish episode was too spicy for the Disney overlords related to a plotline involving Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the National Anthem performed before NFL games. That made as much sense as anything.

This Monday (August 10), Barris tweeted a statement announcing that “Please, Baby, Please,” which was originally produced in November 2017, was now available on Hulu following a plea to Walt Disney Television. ABC had recently re-aired several of the show’s more provocative episodes, including “Hope” and “Juneteenth,” making the time right to premiere this one, which now finds itself tagged to the end of the series’ fourth season.

Given the nebulous nature of the whispering about “Please, Baby, Please,” it probably isn’t surprising that the actual episode is less a landmark piece of television and more a perfectly so-so and serviceable illustration of the Streisand Effect, by which attempt to censor something only results in generating more publicity around the thing.

After watching the 22-minute episode, I find two things immediately clear: First, there was absolutely no reason for ABC to raise a stink about the episode much less not to air it. And second, that doesn’t mean that Dungey’s assessment of the episode’s quality was in any way incorrect. “Please, Baby, Please” is not a very good episode of Black-ish, nor is it a horrible episode. It feels like exactly what it is, namely the product of a smart and talented writer being frustrated about the state of the world, without knowing exactly what to say on the subject, or how to say it (but still arriving at a point of uncertain optimism that’s not without resonance).

Maybe viewers turn to shows like Black-ish to help process chaos. Barris has certainly succeeded in offering a prism through which to engage with disheartening bedlam in the past; maybe in this episode, he just wanted to capture the enduring necessity of simple hopefulness amid societal unease.

There’s nothing wrong with the sentiment, and it’s played with real sweetness and sobriety by Anderson, as he struggles to quiet DeVante while Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) tries to sleep, Pops (Laurence Fishburne) tries to drink, Junior (Marcus Scribner) grapples with a student council decision involving student-athletes kneeling for the National Anthem and Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) freak out about global warming.

Unlike Very Special Episodes like “Hope” and “Juneteenth,” “Please, Baby, Please” makes little effort to utilize humor. There are punchlines about how Clippers fans understand oppression and about how Pops used to slip whiskey into Dre’s milk when he wouldn’t sleep, but generally it’s a straightforward, fairly serious-minded bottle episode dedicated mostly to news footage and some tremendous needle-drops starting with “Change Is Gonna Come.” If “Hope” distilled Barris’ quandary explaining police violence to older children, this episode is intentionally simple and reductive, leading to a conclusive statement — “Nobody knows exactly what the future will bring, but what we do know is there are more of us who help than those of us who hurt” — that I’m not sure Barris or Dre even believe.

What could have caused wariness among ABC executives? I honestly haven’t the faintest idea. Dre refers to white pride activists as bigots and Pops states, “White pride is not like a real thing.” It’s unimpeachable stuff, especially if you can say with reasonable conviction that the Venn diagram of Black-ish viewers and white pride crusaders consists of two unconnected circles. Nobody would have noticed or cared. Disney would have faced no blowback.

And what of the National Anthem protest worries? Even if you consider the intermingled relations between Disney/ABC/ESPN and the NFL, the gist of the episode’s stand on National Anthem kneeling is, “Sports and politics have been connected forever and Colin Kaepernick’s protest has a message that isn’t at all disrespectful to the troops and is, in fact, just an exercise of free speech.” Not to say that there aren’t people who would disagree with that statement, but they’re probably not Black-ish viewers and nothing in this tiny corner of the episode was discussed in enough depth to generate anything more than a minuscule squabble. More boldly combative and creatively unsuccessful episodes of Black-ish have aired without comment, as have episodes with a more pugnacious take on our president.

With the episode now made available for viewers to experience, ABC is semi-validated, because “Please, Baby, Please” really isn’t as cohesive and clever as Black-ish normally is. And Barris is also semi-validated, because two years later, the sleeplessness and dyspepsia have only increased — as have our difficulties processing our ideologically divided nation.

But is the notoriety-saturated “Please, Baby, Please” worth rushing to watch, perhaps out of fear that it might get pulled again? Nah.


Banks and tech giants including JPMorgan and Amazon pledge to hire 100000 minority New Yorkers

Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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The CEOs of banks, tech companies and consulting firms are forming a group to boost hiring from underrepresented groups in New York.

Leaders from 27 firms that represent many of New York’s dominant industries banded together to create the New York Jobs CEO Council, which aims to hire 100,000 people from low-income Black, Latinx and Asian communities by 2030, according to a release.

The co-chairs of the new organization include Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase; Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, and Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture. Other initial members of the CEO group include Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Satya Nadella of Microsoft; Sundar Pichai of Google and David Solomon of Goldman Sachs.

The coronavirus pandemic has helped exacerbate inequality in U.S. cities, resulting in more job losses and worse health outcomes for people in low-income neighborhoods. Nearly 40% of lower-income Americans lost work as the coronavirus began its assault on the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve said in May.

“Many New Yorkers are stuck in low-paying jobs that could be lost in the future or are struggling to navigate the labor market” during the pandemic, Dimon said in the release. “We are using our collective power to prepare the city’s workforce with the skills of the future and helping New Yorkers who have been left behind get a foot in the door.”

The group will be led by Dr. Gail Mellow, former LaGuardia Community College president, and plans to help companies hire people for entry-level jobs that put them on a career path. The 100,000 figure includes 25,000 jobs and apprenticeships for students from the City University of New York.

“The new initiative will play an important role connecting underserved communities with career resources and access to New York’s world-class educational institutions,” New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement.


FedEx delivery issues… –

OP, step one is to track the package to see if a signature upon delivery was required by the sender. IF sender insured the gun for $500 or more, then FedEx’s policy is to require a signature. If a signature was not obtained today, they will make 2 additional attempts to deliver on 2 separate days.

If you have questions, call FedEx for an update. 800-GO-FEDEX. Ask the operator if the shipment was insured and ask if a signature was required. If they say NO, then its very possible the gun was left at a doorstep or wherever your LGS has instructed the package to be left unattended.

Give the time of delivery listed, it seems like a mistake scan was done of the package. Call FedEx to confirm.

You can also ask the FedEx operator to open a “trace” on the package. This can take 24-48 hrs, but you’ll get a case number and can follow up again later.

If FedEx confirms the package is lost, then contact Atlantic Arms and ask if what their procedure is. They are the shipper and likely either use FedEx insurance, or they have a 3rd party insurer. Either way, you are not responsible and are entitled to a replacement or a refund – IF the gun is actually lost. You haven’t confirmed that yet.

NEW MEMBERS in the SFV area – PM me if you’re looking for a range buddy.


Public Libraries Keep Adapting, Offering Free Services

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From internet access to tutoring for students to contactless pickup of a good summer read, the public library remains an important community resource, even during a pandemic. 

To help families without their own internet connections, the San Antonio Public Library is extending its Wi-Fi connections so that they can be accessed in library parking lots. 

“Wi-Fi projects outside of the library on purpose to amplify it from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.,” said the assistant director of SAPL, Dalel McNeil. “Someone can come by just sitting in their car.” 

The Houston Public Library and the Harris County Public Library have adopted the same routine for Wi-Fi accessibility

Laurie Covington, deputy assistant director of customer experience from the Houston Public Library, told Reform Austin in a written statement that many of their services have become available through social media. 

“HPL’s programs have transitioned to online with daily virtual programs such as story times, craft and STEM videos, book chats, and book clubs all taking place through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Zoom,” said Covington. “We are adding more live Zoom programming, including author talks and classes on researching family history.”

Covington explained that the HPL has strong relationships with two of the area school districts — the Houston and Alief Independent School Districts. 

“HPL has issued all students and staff of both of these districts Learning Link Library Cards. The cards give all students and staff in the districts access to online resources, and the students can also check out materials through HPL TO GO Curbside Service,” said Covington. “Usage of these cards was high in the spring, and we expect them to continue to be high as virtual learning resumes in the fall.”


Harris County Public library has also turned to social media in efforts to encourage and remind library patrons that the library is still available. 

John Schaffer, also known as “Curbside Larry,” went public on Twitter with a creative video advertising the library’s available services. 

“When we opened back up for curbside service, we wanted to get the word out to as many people as we could,” said Schaffer. “A lot of people knew we were open for curbside service, but some people didn’t, and we wanted to hit people who may have forgotten,they had a library card in their wallet.” 

McNeil at SAPL mentioned that they have avoided using the term ‘curbside’ to deter the public from associating it with needing a car to pick materials up from the library. 

“Curbside kinda sounded like you needed a car, but some people might come by foot or bus. We wanted to prevent people from thinking they need to have a car,” said McNeil. “Somebody can just walk up to the library and speak with a library employee.”

For Everyone 

McNeil explained that the library is an important part of the community and a needed resource especially now. 

“The library needs to be available for everyone, if you have a laptop or cellphone at home, that’s awesome, if you don’t, we want you to know that you can still use the library,” said McNeil. 

McNeil mentioned that there are virtual tutoring services available through the library, which has also attempted to maintain a strong connection with younger community members through Instagram. 

“For teens, everything we are doing is on Instagram, because we found that on other platforms, they’re just not interested,” said McNeil. “So for adults, we are using Zoom. It’s not a simple matter, and we are trying to tailor events that are specific and helpful.” 

Schaffer echoed McNeil’s sentiments about the public library being a staple in the community. 

“Libraries for a long time were considered the ‘third destination.’ You know people have their home, they have their work, and they have libraries,” said Schaffer. “It’s one of the last places where people from all groups, all ages, all socioeconomics can come together.” 

McNeil said that the San Antonio Public Library, like other libraries, is paying attention to the school districts’ actions and will shift plans accordingly to meet users’ needs. 

“Mostly we have 4-5 computers at a time, because people have to be 6 feet apart,” said McNeil. “There’s no way to fill in for every student that needs a device.” 

“For example, we would keep our computer appointments during the day time, but if schools re-open in-person classes, then look at moving the reservations to after-school hours,” said McNeil. “But we are mostly waiting for schools to make a decision.”

Schaffer wants students and other members of the community to sign up for a library card online and to continue to use the public library’s resources.


Are there any sites or google docs that organize the lore on holotapes?

So I’m someone that likes to slow travel a lot and during my slow travels I enjoy playing holotape lore to review and keep me company some times. It gets lonely out there and I can only listen to Country Roads so many times before I go crazy and Ole Jenny (my fixer) is a woman of few words.

I’m wondering if some kind of reference exists that organizes chronologically and categorizes topically the games holotapes to facilitate re-listening?

Edit: I try to avoid reading wiki’s because of spoilers. I only want to review what I’ve discovered so far.


User Portal: Do Not Disturb

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User Portal: Do Not Disturb

What you need to know

When enabled, this feature will give all incoming calls the busy treatment. Optionally, you can enable a Ring Reminder to play a brief tone on your desktop phone when you receive incoming calls.

Note: Only the site administrator can setup users in the User Portal. Ask your site administrator if you do not have access into the User Portal.

A. Configuring do Not Disturb

  1. From the User Portal, click on the Call Settings page.
  2. Select Do Not Disturb from your list of features. To enable, click on the toggle button to the right of the text. When it’s enabled, it will turn to color from grayscale. To disable, click on the toggle button again. When disabled, it should change from color back to grayscale.
  3. Check Use ring reminder if you would like to be notified by a sound when a call comes through.
  4. Click the Save button.