Glasper’s Everything’s Beautiful project comes on the heels of Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead. The pianist/producer also contributed several songs to the film’s soundtrack. Check out the trailer below: On May 27, jazz pianist and producer Robert Glasper will release Everything’s Beautiful, a new album comprised of 11 reinterpretations of classic Miles Davis records. Glasper explains his methods and intentions in a mini documentary about the project published on the MilesDavisVEVO page: “I feel like I’m living in the spirit of Miles when I’m doing what I’m doing because I’m documenting my time period. I’m documenting what’s around me, I’m documenting who I am now, where music is now, and that’s kind of what this project about. It wasn’t about taking Miles and remixing him again, but it’s like, let’s do something to where we can take some of Miles’ ideas, shake ‘em up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things.”This goal of creating fresh musical ideas via modern-day reinventions of Davis’ sound owes a lot to the many contemporary collaborators on the album. The project includes performances by Stevie Wonder, Bilal, KING, and Erykah Badu. “What I want to portray with this,” says Glasper, “is Miles’ influence all the way up to now. You know, would he be working with Erykah Badu, with 9th Wonder, with all these people who are doing stuff now? And the answer is yes, I’m sure he would.” Badu adds her signature cosmic vocals to Everything’s Beautiful’s “Maiysha (So Long)”, reimagining Davis’s “Maiysha” from 1974’s Get Up With It. You can listen to both the original version and Badu’s beautiful tribute below:
This morning, San Diego-area festival KAABOO Del Mar announced the lineup for their third annual event set to take place September 15th-17th. The festival will feature headlining performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!NK, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Muse, as well as sets by Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, DJ Diesel (aka NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal), Smash Mouth, The Motet, Lawrence and many more!At KAABOO, all guests receive an amenitized experience with access to the HUMOR ME comedy club; an on-site Contemporary Arts Fair in the indoor ARTWORK area, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations, gourmet food tastings, spa and relaxation reservations, and late night dance parties. GA ticket holders can also upgrade their passes to have access to a stateside pool at the event’s Grandview Stage. VIP passes include additional access to premier stage viewing areas, access to the Thursday pre-party, and more.“I am thrilled with this year’s extraordinary lineup and proud to be building on the success of our last two KAABOO Del Mar events,” says KAABOO founder and CEO Bryan Gordon. “We strive to curate an event that is multi-generational and diverse – something for all of our fans. When you look at this lineup, we have everyone from Alt Rock legends and bucket list icons, to today’s hottest hitmakers and incredible up-and-comers.”In only its third year, KAABOO Del Mar has carved out its name among national and destination music festivals by offering a curated feast for all senses. Conveniently located at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in Southern California, the event features equal parts music, contemporary art, gourmet cuisine, and hilarious comedy.Three-day passes are available now via the event website. See below for a full list of artists scheduled to perform:KAABOO Del Mar Full Lineup:Red Hot Chili PeppersP!NKTom Petty and the HeartbreakersMUSEWeezerJane’s AddictionDavid GuettaIce CubeJason DeruloLogicAlanis MorissetteJackson BrowneAndy GrammerKeshaLiveX AmbassadorsGarbageMilky ChanceT-PainMichael McDonaldThe WallflowersDJ Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal)Machine Gun KellyPepperTimefliesPete YornThe Magpie SaluteSmash MouthThe KnocksDave MasonToad The Wet SprocketLANYEric Burdon and the AnimalsLost KingsLe YouthThe HimThe Tubes feat. Fee WaybillTrevor HallFishboneThe MotetThe ShadowboxersLittle HurricaneSam SparroKap SlapMartin JensenLed Zeppelin 2Emily WarrenLawrenceThe Stone FoxesOne DropSteevieWildDarenotsThe Last InternationaleAges and AgesMoonsville CollectiveArmorsLuna AuraJared & The MillEthan Tucker Solo AcousticThe Steppin StonesTristenCordovasLost BeachMamafestaJosh ArbourZeal LevinKira LingmanTrouble in the WindBarenaked Ladies – AMPLIFY VIP ONLYThe Dan Band – – AMPLIFY VIP ONLY
A new theoretical framework outlined by a Harvard scientist could help solve the mystery of how bacterial cells coordinate processes that are critical to cellular division, such as DNA replication, and how bacteria know when to divide.For decades, scientists have believed that cellular division is triggered when bacterial cells reach a particular size. The new model, described by Ariel Amir, an assistant professor of applied mathematics and applied physics, in a paper recently published in Physical Review Letters, suggests that cells coordinate the replication of their DNA not through size, but by how much they grow over time.“The focus of this work is on how bacteria regulate their size — how do they know when to divide, so they all remain largely identical,” Amir said. “The question is: How do they do that, and how does that couple with other processes in the cell, such as DNA replication?”Scientists have long known that bacteria can double their population in as little as 20 minutes, but a series of pioneering studies in the late 1960s revealed that it takes about an hour from the time DNA replication starts until cell division occurs.The remaining mystery has been in how those two processes are coordinated.“The answer is quite remarkable,” Amir said. “Earlier studies showed that what bacteria do is actually start the DNA replication process for subsequent generations. A single bacterial cell may actually be replicating DNA for its grandchildren, or even its great-grandchildren.”In the 1960s, researchers showed that DNA replication begins when cells reach a critical size, leading to the belief that bacteria somehow know how large they are, and that DNA replication is triggered at a certain size.Later studies, however, challenged that model with the finding that the size of bacteria at birth was correlated to the size of bacteria at division. Those findings — that smaller bacteria produced smaller offspring, while that of larger bacteria was larger — suggested that bacteria were measuring something other than their size.“What I propose is something that can reconcile these two pictures in a very simple way,” Amir said. “Rather than trying to reach a critical size, cells try to add a specific volume from the initiation of DNA replication to the next replication event. To do this, the cells need to measure a difference in volume, which is much easier, and they can achieve this in a biochemical way that doesn’t include any absolute measurement.”Though the exact biochemical process hasn’t been identified, Amir suggested that it might be similar to a system described in several studies in the 1970s.“Within this hypothetical model proposed in the ’70s, one protein is found at a constant concentration throughout the cell, and as the cell grows in volume the number of new copies it makes has to be proportional to the change in volume,” Amir said. “By thresholding the number of new copies, the cell can measure a change in volume.”Ultimately, Amir said, understanding how bacteria regulate their size could spur advances on a host of questions connected to the ways cells regulate biological processes.“This is a doorway to a larger question of how cells regulate and coordinate all the processes which occur in them, which is a huge question in biology,” Amir said. “This is an example where we can quantitatively understand some aspects of that, so I think this might lead us to some broader questions.”
It was a tiny plastic coin purse that launched an empire. Four decades ago, a Japanese dry goods company began putting colorful decorations on its humdrum products in an effort to appeal to preteen girls. That company, Sanrio, experimented with several images to see what best grabbed young consumers — a flower, a strawberry — but it was a stylized white kitten with a red bow and no mouth that hit pay dirt.Kitty White, better known to generations of her fans around the world as Hello Kitty, is a global marketing phenomenon that generates a reported $5 billion a year and is among the most recognized corporate logos in the world. The ubiquitous Sanrio mascot, designed to convey a message of happiness and friendship, turns 40 Nov. 1.“The question that everyone asks is: ‘Why is she so popular?’” said Christine Yano, the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard and a professor of anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, who has studied Hello Kitty for the past 16 years. “I think it starts with a very clever, aesthetically pleasing design, which a lot can be read into.”The character’s elegant and essentially unchanging appearance over the years, taking on only slight variations to reflect changing fashions, is a deliberate corporate strategy that adds to Kitty’s universal appeal. “This notion of always being the same but always being different allows her, in my mind, to travel not only across oceans, but within somewhere like the United States to different populations,” said Yano.Next Tuesday, Yano will discuss her 2013 book, “Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific,” with Susan Pharr, the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and director of the Weatherhead Center For International Affairs Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. The talk is co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.Yano recently curated “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” an exhibit on the pop icon’s history that opened earlier this month at the Japanese American Natural Museum in Los Angeles. While promoting the show last August, Yano started a brief Internet sensation when she told a Los Angeles Times reporter that, to Sanrio, Hello Kitty is not a cat but rather “a girl or friend.”This week, Yano will be a featured panelist at “Kitty Con,” the first convention dedicated to all things Hello Kitty, a sold-out event organized by Sanrio to commemorate the 40th anniversary at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.Yano became immersed in the curious world of Hello Kitty super-fandom in 1998 while teaching a course on Japanese pop culture at the University of Hawaii that briefly referenced the character. After learning of its popularity among the anthropology department’s middle-aged, Japanese, female staffers, and its elaborately crafted backstory, Yano said she had an epiphany of sorts.“What I found was the richness of the narrative was pretty incredible,” she said. “But the other wow moment for me as an anthropologist” was the combination of Sanrio’s unusually “rich, fictive world” with the “very human element of the fandom. I thought, now that’s something worth studying.”She has since interviewed Sanrio employees and executives, as well as hundreds of fans, to better understand Hello Kitty’s popularity. “What I found for a lot of the fans was they like this particular cute because it comes with a kind of quirkiness. It’s the cute that can become cool.”Yano places Hello Kitty in the continuum of kawaii, or Japanese cute culture, that grew out of the rise of girls as a powerful consumer and cultural force in Japan in the 1970s and ’80s, one that later spawned a distinctive street culture. The aesthetic embraced cuteness and spunkiness, but played with notions of female sweetness or demureness, often in an ironic or subversive manner — although at times not ironically.“There’s a Japanese concept of play, asobi, which I think is important for us to keep in mind. There’s a willingness to play with image, to throw things together in what might even be considered almost a postmodern aesthetic,” said Yano.Not everyone thinks Hello Kitty is so likable or benign. Some critics despise the shameless commercial ubiquity of the image, while a common Western and Japanese feminist critique centers on the character’s female identity and her absent mouth as an implicit statement of submissiveness, not a chameleon-like blank slate.“That’s one of the first things that a lot of the critics will say, and logically so, if the idea of having a mouth means having a voice, [which] means having agency. In the West, we put those equivalences together, so having no mouth means having no agency,” said Yano. “It’s interesting to me how you will have the fans and the critics looking at the same thing, but just coming down on different sides of the fence.”Unlike the familiar criticisms of sexually or violently themed toys like Barbie or BB guns, “Cute stuff kind of goes under the radar of the normal Western critique,” said Yano. “I think that was part of my impulse in looking at Hello Kitty. I thought cute was in some ways under-theorized, under-researched, and maybe — even from a critical stance in terms of children and what might or might not be appropriate — really forgotten.”
In early 2020, we talked about our vision for “intelligent companion” devices. We shared how PCs will become more aware of their own condition, location, surroundings, level of security and capabilities. We also showcased how multi-screen devices have the potential to unlock new ways of working and increase productivity. We continue to explore different ways technologies like cloud, 5G and artificial intelligence will come together to improve the PC experience.These intelligent, personalized, immersive and modern experiences are core to all we do—and they will continue to take center stage as we look to the future of hybrid work. Our innovation journey continues, and we’d like to share some of our visions for the future of work in – and beyond – the office.Office experiences of the futureFor more than a decade, we’ve built a culture around the idea that work is outcomes based and not anchored to a specific place or time. The future of work will be a hybrid model where employees work from various locations aligned to work schedules and lifestyle. This hybrid model will change the physical office layout significantly. Offices will be re-imagined to foster collaboration. Think reservation-based workspaces and collaboration areas instead of cubicles or permanent desks. Team members will frequently transition in-and-out, as well as around, workspaces.We’re exploring intuitive workplace technologies and concepts to help with this future office experience. As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to features that make our lives easier. Whether it’s our speakers adapting to the music we’re streaming, our cars unlocking as we approach them, or smart thermostats knowing if we’re at home and adjusting the temperature accordingly. That’s the same level of experience we are exploring for our office environment.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Imagine if you could reserve a workspace on an app before you even arrive at the office. AR mapping could help facilities manage the flow of team members and gain insights into utilized space.At your assigned desk, a wireless dock could sense your device, connect you to the network and adjust to your preferred display settings before you’ve even sat down. Wireless charging hidden under the desk could remove concerns about battery life. Surfaces remain clutter free, and you could pick up your device to disconnect upon departure, so the desk is ready for the next user.This could be a typical office experience within the next couple of years, and we want to help organizations create a seamless experience from the moment a team member chooses to head into the office.Beyond the officeWe know first-hand that customers need solutions that adapt to the space around them to do their best work – whether that be on the go or moving between various rooms in the home. Technology should empower us and make collaboration easier, not disrupt our productivity – that’s why features like connectivity and battery life remain important wherever customers choose to base themselves.As we look to the future, we’ve taken our multi-screen concepts journey a step further as we know screen real estate can improve multitasking, productivity and collaboration. Earlier this year, we presented Concept Ori and Concept Duet. Now consider combining the best features of these concepts: a foldable screen with a bigger display for multitasking.Other concept explorations include dual screens within traditional notebooks; where your compute power and dual monitors live within the same system. Or, imagine a thin device that brings the ease and spontaneity of a pen and paper. A wireless, port-less device that, when paired with your main PC, allows users to have an extra surface for taking smart notes or whiteboarding with colleagues in different locations. And if the task requires a face-to-face conversation, simply bend the display to start a video conference. In the future, extra displays will act as a constant window to socialize and exchange ideas.Looking forward to our hybrid futureWe’re excited about the future of hybrid work – how we worked yesterday will not be how we work tomorrow. While we do not have plans to launch these concepts as products immediately, we can promise you one thing: we’ll continue to look at ways to combine innovative device design, materials, software and cutting-edge technologies to create the best customer experiences possible.On that note – my team feels that how we do things is just as important as what we do. Dell has committed to reusing or recycling as much as they produce by 2030. This all starts with designing products with circularity in mind. To learn more about how my team is thinking about sustainable design, read here.
From the miracle of December tomatoes to the marvel of fresh salad greens in space, greenhouses and growth chambers may play an increasing role in creating hyperlocal or hyperportable food systems.Students in the University of Georgia Department of Horticulture’s “Protected and Controlled Environment Horticulture” course learn how high tunnels, greenhouses and growth chambers are used around the world to help extend the growing season, make farming a little less risky, provide opportunities to grow crops in extreme conditions and reduce our environmental footprint.Suzanne O’Connell, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, launched the course this fall after receiving several requests from students.“Protected agriculture is a broad field that refers to modifying the natural environment to boost plant yield and quality,” O’Connell said. “In particular, students are very curious about greenhouse growing and hydroponic systems, and how these concepts can be applied to urban areas where quality agricultural production space is limited and often cost-prohibitive.”For O’Connell, who devotes part of her time to researching high tunnel crop production, the new course is preparing students for a future where more farmers are using greenhouses and high tunnels to help meet year-round demand for local products.“Two students in class this semester have family farms that include high tunnels. They told me they were excited to increase their skills in this area and they made great contributions to our class high tunnel building effort,” O’Connell said. “To my knowledge, there are only a small handful of commercial hydroponic operations in Georgia so far. I have reached out to these companies to let them know that our students are knowledgeable and really excited for opportunities to work for them!”In the course’s first semester, students came from a range of backgrounds. The majority of students were horticulture majors, but biology, landscape architecture, the romance languages and real estate were also represented.“Land and water and food security are a big deal with a growing world,” said Candace Young, a fourth-year landscape architecture student who is minoring in horticulture and took the protected agriculture course this fall. “With landscape architecture, you’re always thinking about how to get the most out of land and how to get people to use their land. Well, food is a great way to get people to engage with their landscape, and protected agriculture is a great way to use that land most efficiently.”This fall, the class spent time discussing Japanese attitudes toward land use. As an island nation with a large population, people there understand that there is a finite amount of land available to them. Young explained that Japan is home to some of the densest cities on the planet, and residents maximize each square meter of open space by setting up gardens wherever they can – trellised beans here or tiny vegetable beds there.Young would like to include that ethos in her design projects. Greenhouses and other protected agriculture techniques are great ways to make that happen in an urban environment.As part of class labs, students managed the daily needs of multiple vegetable crops, including watering, fertilizing, pH testing, pest and disease scouting, pruning and harvesting, all with the mindset of managing the plant and environment interactions. They also studied cutting-edge uses of protected agriculture, such as research greenhouses in Antarctica, gardens on the sides of skyscrapers and experimental growth chambers to supply fresh produce for soldiers on submarines.In addition to managing crops in a heated greenhouse and under a high tunnel, students were required to keep detailed journals noting which varieties, growing media, fertilizer recipes and disease interventions worked best in each environment, and cataloging the high tunnel construction phases.As always, students were able to take their class work home with them, leaving many of them with the enviable problem of having their kitchens filled with too many fresh cucumbers and greens over the course of the semester.For more information about the unique courses offered in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, visit caes.uga.edu.
Wolf Multimedia Studio of Jericho, Vermont has recently completed a video DVD entitled Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Snowflakes in Motion. With Musical contributions by Vermont musicians The Samples and Stowe musician Bill Bischak, and narrations by Jericho residents Wayne Howe and Dick Squires, this DVD takes the viewer into the life of Wilson Bentley. Wilson Bentley was the first person to photograph snowflakes with a microscope in 1885 and is credited with the discovery that no two snowflakes are alike! Bentley also photographed frost, dew, clouds and his family and neighbors.This DVD tells Bentley’s story of determination, passion and persistence, despite setbacks and ridicule, through the love and fascination with nature, told in Bentley’s own word’s and pictures, in a 20 minute biographical piece. The remaining 40 minutes takes viewers into the amazing world of Bentley’s images, showing intricate detailed nature shots as well as the fabulous designs and shapes of snow crystals. Backed by 8 original compositions and 2 selections from the nationally renowned band, The Samples, the 10 segments are meant to relax the viewer and build upon the thoughts that Bentley puts forth in his writings. Each piece is preceded by a quote of Bentley to set the mood for each segment:”The snow crystals . . . come to us not only to reveal the wondrous beauty of the minute in Nature, but to teach us that all earthly beauty is transient and must soon fade away. But though the beauty of the snow is evanescent, like the beauties of the autumn, as of the evening sky, it fades but to come again”Wolf Multimedia Studio, based in Jericho, Vermont since 1989, also produced the award winning Wilson Bentley Digital Archives interactive CD-ROM in 2000, containing over 1000 of Wilson Bentley’s images. The CD-ROM also contains articles written by and about Bentley, the only film of Bentley at work, games and much more.The Snowflakes in Motion DVD and more information on Bentley & the DVD are available at the Snowflake Bentley website: snowflakebentley.com, vermontsnowflakes.com and wolf1.com
Energy Saving Pioneer Resumes OperationsBrattleboro, Vermont – November 10, 2008 – Window Quilt, the company that developed movable window insulation 30 years ago, is now shipping high performance insulated shades from their new Brattleboro factory. The company, whose products dramatically reduce energy losses through windows, was founded in Brattleboro. A local entrepreneur recently acquired the business, which had been moved to Seattle, Washington several years ago by its last corporate ownership, and returned it to Brattleboro under the direction of experienced management.The company reports tremendous response from users, energy auditors and dealers, all of whom had been very disappointed by the previous owner’s decision to close the operation. “I have never seen interest this high in my 15 years’ on and off experience with Window Quilt,” says Bryan Wittler, the company’s General Manager. “Thanks to excellent support from Brattleboro Development Credit Corp and enthusiastic pro bono assistance from several former managers, we have made great progress in preparing to meet the strong demand we anticipate in coming years. And our location in Brattleboro Development’s Book Press building is ideal, because there is almost unlimited room for future expansion.”Over a half million Window Quilts have been installed in residences, schools, national parks, and public buildings of all kinds. Window Quilt’s seasonal peak employment reached over 120 individuals during the energy conscious early 1980’s. “The need for energy saving products is greater than ever today and Window Quilts are still the most cost effective and easily deployed solution bar none,” says Larry Digney, the new owner. “The marketing possibilities for this product are immense. Our job is to make the newcomers to the field aware that 30% or more of the energy required to heat a building can be saved with our well-designed movable window insulation. Window Quilt ought to be a growing business for years to come.”Window Quilts, though simple in appearance, are highly engineered to address all the mechanisms that contribute to heat loss from the building envelope and discomfort in the interior space. The product incorporates a full perimeter seal and five-layer fabric with vapor barrier to provide insulation, block convection currents, and eliminate outside air infiltration. The company reports that in addition to the potential 30% reduction in energy consumption, rooms are more comfortable at lower thermostat settings because the shades block the radiation of body heat to the window and eliminate drafts caused by convection currents and infiltration of outside air.Window Quilts are available through specialty dealers who perform measurement and installation services, and are also available for direct purchase on the web to accommodate areas that don’t yet have a local dealer. Complete information is found at the company’s web site,.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A U.S. court on April 5 sentenced a top leader of Mexico’s Juárez cartel, who allegedly admitted a role in over 1,500 murders, to life in prison on drug trafficking and racketeering charges. José Antonio Acosta-Hernández, 34 — alias “Diego,” “Dientón,” “Diez” and “Bablazo” — was extradited to the United States from Mexico on March 16. U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone sentenced Acosta-Hernández to seven concurrent life terms, three additional consecutive life terms and 20 years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in an El Paso, Texas court to four counts of racketeering, narcotics trafficking and money laundering, the Justice Department said. Acosta-Hernández also pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder and weapons charges related to the March 13, 2010 triple homicide in Juárez of U.S. consulate employee Lesley Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another consulate employee. U.S. officials said Acosta-Hernández admitted that he directed or participated in more than 1,500 murders since 2008 as the head of the armed wing of La Línea, part of the Juárez cartel. “As the leader of La Linea’s enforcement wing, Mr. Acosta-Hernández directed a reign of terror,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. “Today’s guilty plea and sentence are a significant step in our effort to bring to justice those responsible for the consulate murders, and it would not have been possible without the extraordinary assistance of our law enforcement partners in Mexico.” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart called Acosta-Hernández “a cold-blooded murderer with no respect for human life or the rule of law.” “His violent and deadly actions were put to a stop due to the combined efforts of U.S. law enforcement, and the will of the Mexican government,” she added. Acosta-Hernández admitted ordering a hit on Jan. 30, 2010 on rivals sighted at a daytime birthday party at a Juárez home in which 16 people were killed. He also acknowledged many other killings, the Justice Department said. He said the violence was aimed at protecting millions of dollars in drug trafficking profits each year, officials said. [AFP, 06/04/2012; Dea.gov, 05/04/2012] By Dialogo April 09, 2012
Patching Laptops This is the issue that we run into the most here at Ongoing Operations. Here’s why:Company laptops are supposed to be closed or off when they’re not in use. Yet, laptops can’t be patched when they’re off or not connected to the internet. Laptops that aren’t kept on (and online) during patching windows miss out on important updates.Solution: ensure all employee laptops are on during patching windows. This is a relatively simple user training issue that credit unions (and any managed patching vendors) can work out. continue reading » These are the six most common patching challenges we run into at Ongoing Operations. And certainly, your experience may reflect a different set of challenges. Still, we’d be surprised if your credit union hasn’t experienced at least one of these issues. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr