Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. The game has experienced very few changes since its inception in 1845 and is filled with numerous traditions. No game is complete without the staples of peanuts, hot dogs, and beer, and it’s expected even the most tone-deaf of viewers will sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch. I get goosebumps just thinking of it!
Today is a special day for Colorado Rockies fans as it’s our home opener. Opening Day, an unofficial holiday, is a wildly celebrated event for baseball fans across the states. This day is celebrated with parades, tailgate parties, and numerous special events at local bars and pubs.
Spring bulbs are beginning to bloom, and with each reminder that spring is on the way I think more about starting my vegetable garden. Every gardener knows that the question of when to plant is always a struggle. Maximizing the growing season while minimizing plant loss due to surprise cold snaps and frosts is always a balancing act. Living at high elevations can make this even more difficult, so I decided to do some research and see if I could get a better picture of what my garden and I are up against.
The first thing I needed to find was information about the temperature tolerances for vegetables. I found a great table at the Colorado State University Extension that provided acceptable germination temperatures as well as information on how temperature-hardy the young plants are. I created a floating bar chart in Grapher 12 to depict this information.
Prior to any release, our software undergoes a rigorous 6 week external testing period. This testing period, referred to as Beta Testing, gives a select group of Grapher customers an opportunity to provide their input on the new features and to test the functionality in their everyday use of the product. These individuals are extremely important to the final release as their input and testing ensures we have a stable and upgrade-worthy product.
During the Grapher 12 Beta Testing period, 20 individuals completed the testing period. Below are their comments on the newest set of Grapher features.