Load remaining images The String Cheese Incident kept things exciting at Electric Forest last night, coming in on the heels of a great opening night that saw the group collaborate with GRiZ and more. The band promised an extra-special set for their Saturday night performance, and delivered wholeheartedly, paying tribute to the late legends Prince and David Bowie in the process.After an excellent first set that featured some classic originals like opener “Bollymunster” and a great “Song In My Head” > “Dudley’s Kitchen” combination, it was really the second set that stood out as a highlight. The band took the opportunity to pay tribute to Prince and David Bowie with a Prince > Bowie > Prince > Bowie section in the middle of the set with help from Karl Denson on saxophone. The tribute started with Prince’s “Kiss,” before heading into Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” They kept things up with a great “Let’s Go Crazy,” and closed out the tribute with a spaced out “Space Oddity.” The band wasn’t done there, as they segued into “Search” and kept things grooving throughout the second set.Also of note was the band’s live debut of “Believe,” a track that appeared on their recently-released SCI Sound Lab Vol. 1 EP. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Kang told us about the inspiration for “Believe” in a recent interview, which you can read here. Electric Forest rages on tonight, June 26th, so don’t miss the action!Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of the band, along with some photos from Patrick Hughes “Faces of Festivals” in the gallery below.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident at Electric Forest, Rothbury, MI – 6/25/16Set 1: BollyMunster, Song In My Head > Dudley’s Kitchen, Sweet Spot, Falling Through the Cracks, Turn This Around > Can’t Wait Another Day, BeautifulSet 2: Believe, Stop Drop Roll, Kiss (Prince) > Let’s Dance* (Bowie) > Let’s Go Crazy* (Prince) > Space Oddity* (Bowie), Search, Valley of the Jig > Kinky Reggae, Colliding, Jellyfish > Just One Story* w/ Karl Denson
New York Times chief film critic A.O. Scott ’87-’88 visits Harvard on Thursday to discuss his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Scott, who began his career at The New York Review of Books, joined the Times in 2000. A professor of film criticism at Wesleyan University, he will publish a collection of his film writing in 2017. GAZETTE: This interview is going to take the form of a Q&A, which you use in your book to have very direct conversations (with an imaginary interviewer) about criticism. So what’s your critique of the Q&A as an art form?SCOTT: I’ve been on your side of the conversation many times, and I’ve always liked it as a reader. When I was young, I had a subscription to Rolling Stone and I loved the interviews — the illusion of immediacy and hearing the person’s voice uninflected and the personality of the interviewer. It’s a drama. It has a kind of tension that a profile doesn’t always have. I was inspired to write part of the book in dialogue by a few different literary sources. The main one was Oscar Wilde’s “The Decay of Lying.” I thought it would be a way to loosen up the book a bit.GAZETTE: “Better Living Through Criticism” is presented as an account of an argument with Samuel L. Jackson that propelled the idea for the book, but the acknowledgements say otherwise — that the book was many years in the making. How long was the process, and how did you come to decide it was a worthy topic?SCOTT: I’ve been thinking about it my entire life. In a way I’ve never really been or wanted to be any other kind of writer. I guess the more immediate inspiration pre-Samuel L. Jackson was in 2011. There was a lot of discussion at that time, a flurry of articles and symposiums and discussions about the future of criticism, and social media. Wasn’t it true that critics were on the way out? There was some celebration of that and some doomsday. I tended to be skeptical, having lived in the newspaper business through a lot of scary moments and panic. I thought maybe I could explain to the world what criticism is and why it exists. The questions I wanted to be asking were more abstract and dragged me into philosophy and intellectual history. The anti-critical bias is very old and never goes away. You could find people complaining about the critics in ancient Greece and ancient Rome the same way you do now.GAZETTE: Can you talk about criticism and how it relates to the humanities? It’s a time when some elected officials are considering pulling money from public universities for liberal arts education.SCOTT: I teach college students, and I have children that age. I’m very concerned by the spirit of utilitarianism that’s taking over education. These are very narrow ideas about outcomes, and that fills me with horror. I believe the humanities exist not to be immediately useful, monetized, or instrumentalized, but to wake us up and stir our curiosity and turn us into more ethical, critical, more alert people. For four years, people can do things that aren’t useful — learn about painting, literature, and poetry — and then figure out how to turn that into something productive.GAZETTE: In your book, you write about making a difference. Do you worry that you do — that you could derail an actor’s career, or crush a director’s livelihood?SCOTT: I’m not sure I have that individual power, but I know that I can certainly do harm. What I more think about is the obligation to my readers. In making “The Revenant,” the cast talked about how hard a shoot it was, how cold it was, how hungry they were. That doesn’t make it any better a movie as far as I’m concerned. And that’s not something that someone buying a ticket should have to take into account. I’m saying it in public so I have to say it with decorum with a reasonable argument to back it up, but I have to be honest.GAZETTE: How did Harvard contribute to your career as a critic? Were you able to start to find your voice here?SCOTT: I was very academically focused as an undergrad. I went to the Brattle Theatre and saw a lot of movies, but I never wrote for any campus publications. But I studied literature, so I was interested in criticism. There were classes I took with Barbara Johnson and a visiting seminar with Fredric Jameson. Those influenced me in specific ways. It was also more the ordinary rhythm of work and reading and writing and going to the library and that kind of wandering that happens. You look for one book and you find another book one shelf down and three books over to the left. Harvard was the first place I was where people were serious and I could be serious.GAZETTE: Watching how the issue of racial inequality pervaded the Oscars raises the question of how it relates to movie critics. How would you characterize the state of film criticism through the lens of race?SCOTT: It is important, and there’s plenty of room and obligation for self-examination in journalism
Related With Odyssey’s expansion, Harvard and partner universities will have faster access to vast amounts of information From books to floppy disks to magnetic memory, technologies to store information continue to improve. Yet threats as simple as water and as complex as cyberattacks can still corrupt our records.As the data boom continues, more and more information is being stored in less and less space. Even the cloud — whose name promises opaque, endless space — will eventually reach its storage limit, can’t thwart all hackers, and gobbles up energy. Now, a new way to store information lives outside the hackable internet, uses no energy once written, and, according to one of the researchers who developed it, “could allow information to be preserved for millions of years.”“Think storing the contents of the New York Public Library with a teaspoon of protein,” said Brian Cafferty, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of George Whitesides and author on a paper that describes the new technique. The work was performed in collaboration with Milan Mrksich and his group at Northwestern University.“At least at this stage, we do not see this method competing with existing methods of data storage,” Cafferty said. “We instead see it as complementary to those technologies and, as an initial objective, well-suited for long-term archival data storage.”Cafferty’s chemical tool might not replace the cloud. But the filing system offers an enticing alternative to biological storage tools such as synthetic DNA, which scientists recently learned to manipulate to record any information, including GIFs, cooking tutorials, text, and music. “Think storing the contents of the New York Public Library with a teaspoon of protein.” — Brian Cafferty Achievement could lead to more-efficient quantum computing For bigger data, more storage Two atoms combined in dipolar molecule But while DNA is small compared with computer chips, it is large in the molecular world. And DNA synthesis requires skilled and often repetitive labor. If each message needs to be designed from scratch, macromolecule storage could be long and expensive work.“We set out to explore a strategy that does not borrow directly from biology,” Cafferty said. “We instead relied on techniques common in organic and analytical chemistry, and developed an approach that uses small, low-molecular-weight molecules to encode information.”With just one synthesis, the team produced enough small molecules to encode multiple videos at once, making the approach less labor-intensive and cheaper than one based on DNA. For their low-weight molecules, the team selected oligopeptides (two or more peptides bonded together), which are common, stable, and smaller than DNA, RNA, or proteins.Oligopeptides vary in mass, depending on their number and type of amino acids. Mixed together, they are distinguishable from one another, like letters in alphabet soup.Making words from the letters is a bit more complicated: In a microwell — like a miniature version of a whack-a-mole, but with 384 holes — each well contains oligopeptides. When ink is absorbed on a page, the oligopeptide mixtures are assembled on a metal surface where they are stored. If the team wants to read back what they “wrote,” they look at one of the wells through a mass spectrometer, which sorts the molecules by mass. This tells them which oligopeptides were present or absent: Their mass gives them away.To translate the jumble of molecules into letters and words, researchers borrowed the binary code. An M, for example, uses four of eight possible oligopeptides, each with a different mass. The four floating in the well receive a 1, while the missing four receive a zero. The molecular-binary code points to a corresponding letter or, if the information is an image, a corresponding pixel.With this method, a mixture of eight oligopeptides could store one byte of information; 32 can store four bytes; and so on.So far, Cafferty and his team have “written,” stored, and “read” physicist Richard Feynman’s famous lecture “There Is Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” a photo of Claude Shannon (known as the father of information theory), and Hokusai’s woodblock painting “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Since it is estimated that the global digital archive will hit 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020 (10 times its size in 2013), an image of a tsunami seemed appropriate.The team can retrieve their stored masterpieces with 99.9 percent accuracy. Their writing averages eight bits per second and their reading, 20. Because their writing speed far outpaces writing with synthetic DNA, at this stage reading could be both quicker and cheaper with the macromolecule. But with faster technology, the team’s speeds will likely increase. An inkjet printer, for example, could generate drops at rates of 1,000 per second and cram more information into smaller areas. And improved mass spectrometers
KHIRBET HUMSU, West Bank (AP) — A battle of wills is underway in the occupied West Bank, where Israel has demolished the herding community of Khirbet Humsu three times in as many months, displacing dozens of Palestinians. Each time they have returned and tried to rebuild, saying they have nowhere else to go. The tug-of-war is underway in impoverished communities across what’s known as Area C, which makes up 60% of the West Bank and where Israel has full military control. Israel says the communities were built without permission, while rights groups say the demolitions amount to the forcible transfer of civilians, a war crime under international law.
FloydFest—a BRO Favorite—takes place July 22-26 in scenic Floyd, Va.—Photo by Roger GuptaDon’t arrive at the festival grounds unprepared. Here’s a guide to the right gear for your upcoming sonic adventures.Smith Optics TiogaSmith turned 50 this year. To celebrate the venerable eyewear company is bringing back popular styles from yesteryear. Rep the vintage vibe with the Tioga, which features a classic outdoor style that’s been shading the eyes of dirtbags and extreme athletes for decades. In addition to a great look, you also get Smith’s expected clear-eyed polarized performance at a great price. $80; smithoptics.comMountain HardwearLamina Z SparkPlay hard, and sleep very little. Such is life in tent city. When you’re done howling at the moon, get some quality slumber in the Mountain Hardwear Lamina Z Spark. It’s a tech-savvy bag that won’t break the bank, made with Hardwear’s refined synthetic insulation that mimics the loft and even distribution of down. With a lightweight design that features a wide, comfy mummy cut, this is a bag that will go well beyond fests and into the backcountry. $159-179 (size variation); mountainhardwear.comYeti Hopper 20Known for making tough bear-proof coolers that hold a chill for days, Yeti is now branching into portability with the soft-sided Hopper line. The 20 is a great personal option, about the size of a briefcase to easily transport a 12-pack or essential perishable snacks. Burly enough to resist punctures in transit, the Hopper 20 will keep food and drinks cold all weekend, thanks to a thick inch of insulation. Anti-microbial liner on the inside prevents mildew and is also easy to wash. $299.99; yetcoolers.comChaco Z/Volv SandalsDuring long days grooving in the Southern sun, feet need the open-air comfort and lightweight maneuverability of Chaco’s Z/Volv Sandals. This modified take on an old favorite features Chaco’s standard adjustability with a softer underfoot design that’s 20 percent lighter than the Classic Z. $100; chacos.comKlean Kanteen Growler and Steel Pint CupsHit your local brewery on the way to the fest and fill Klean Kanteen’s Insulated Growler with your beer of choice. Your 64 ounces of craft tastiness will stay cold and fresh for 24 hours, thanks to a double-wall vacuum-sealed design, and you can feel good about cutting down the waste of bottles or cans.Also, pour your brew into a 16-ounce Steel Pint Cup. Many regional festivals, including FloydFest and the Festy Experience, are including one of these reusable, stainless steel cups with the price of admission—a noble effort to reduce the sizeable footprint of multi-day events. Growler $49.95 and cups $9.95; kleankanteen.comAlite Designs Meadow MatGrab some space for your crew with this affordable outdoor blanket. It’s waterproof and washable, so you don’t have to worry about wet ground or beer spills. When it’s time to head back to camp, it also rolls up tightly for easy transport. $39; alitedesigns.com
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The swimming pool has mountain views.“Everything you need is here,” Mrs Ferrero said. “And the city itself is only about 35 minutes away.Belle Property — Samford selling agent Georgie Haug said there was an in-ground swimming pool and poolside entertainment patio. The living area at 13 Haigh Crescent, Samford Valley.“I grew up in the Northern Beaches of Sydney and have always loved that coastal, Hamptons style,” she said.“We very much were inspired by that and the traditional Queenslander.”The family home is located in the sought-after River Park Estate and is already yielding interest from interstate buyers. One of the five bedrooms at 13 Haigh Cres, Samford Valley.“It is such a safe and friendly area and has suited us perfectly. If I could pick it up and take it with us I would in a heartbeat.”The home has a stunning kitchen with Caesarstone benchtops, sleek European appliances and a butler’s pantry, a large alfresco deck and is just seven minutes from the picturesque Samford Village.The village itself has all of the usual amenities and is close to schools and recreational areas. The kitchen at 13 Haigh Crescent, Samford Valley.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019With its north-facing aspect, the home gets cool breezes during summer and is located in a quiet cul-de-sac.“We picked that location to build after I came out to the markets and fell in love with the area,” Mrs Ferrero said.“You get that rural lifestyle close to the city … I will miss the peace and quiet and the fresh air. The home at 13 Haigh Cres, Samford Valley.Described as the “Hamptons in the Valley”, this expansive property is being sold due to a change in the owner’s employment circumstances.Built six years ago by the Ferrero family, the stunning five- bedroom home at 13 Haigh Cres sits on 1.5 acres and has breathtaking, panoramic mountain views.Owner Mekaela Ferrero said it would be a sad day when the family left their dream home.
Have you seen the NCAA’s plan to improve scoring in basketball next year? They have reduced the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds; increased the 3-foot circle under the basket to 4 feet; and reduced the number of time outs available to the coach in a game. I think these will help somewhat, but I am not convinced that these 3 things are what is keeping scoring as low as it is.The easiest and quickest way to increase scoring is to allow the referees to call fouls. They have let the game become so physical that it is almost impossible to get a shot off. If the conferences and/or the NCAA would give referees permission to call fouls the same way they did 30 years ago, scoring would pick up. When you hold a player, hit him in the arm as he shoots, or knock him to the floor, it is a foul. Just watch a game and see how often they actually do call a foul–especially near the basket. This doesn’t take a new rule. It is just enforcing the one that is in the book!The one rule above that does make sense is the time out rule. Time outs, especially in the last 10 minutes, increase the length of the game at least a half an hour. Why should a player who is about to travel call a time out so he doesn’t make the violation? This new rule is supposed to have addressed that. We will see when the season begins this winter.
The Lady Bulldogs clinched the victory with a win at No. 2 singles by Kate Poltrack. Poltrack defeated Jasmyn Blackburn by the scores of 6-2 and 6-4. The No. 2 doubles duo of Maggie Walsman and Kayla Stone teamed up for a 7-6 and 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles. The Batesville Lady Bulldogs posted a 4-1 win at home against Lawrenceburg. Batesville put up an early 2-0 lead with wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 3 singles. Betsy Harmeyer and Corinne Stone teamed up for a 6-3 and 6-1 victory over Sheridan Houze and Calli Pole at No. 1 doubles. Jenna Ertel was a 6-2 and 6-1 winner over Evelyn McAndrews at No. 3. Junior varsity match winners included Lily Esser and Caroline Kellerman in singles play, while Meredith McCreary and Malia Scheele teamed up to win in doubles. Senior Sophie Brown suffered a tough loss at No. 1 singles to Grace Safaviyan.
The Liberty Stadium contest was a lacklustre affair, although Saints may feel aggrieved they did not come away with all three points after Adam Lallana’s first-half effort was ruled out for handball following an error by Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. Pochettino’s side are now eight points clear of the drop zone, and well-placed to secure Premier League survival. The Argentinian said: “It was not a very good game but we are unbeaten in six games and I am happy with the clean sheet.” Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted his side’s goalless draw at Swansea had been low-quality fare but he was happy to secure a point and edge nearer to Barclays Premier League safety. Press Association Nathan Dyer went closest for the hosts as Maya Yoshida cleared his effort off the line after the break, but in truth neither side showed sufficient quality in the final third to craft a winner in what was, for large parts, a tepid game. Not that Southampton will mind too much after extending their unbeaten run to six matches. Pochettino added: “Maybe we should have won because we created the best chances but their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves. “I don’t think that we lacked impetus, but we did not have the fluency we normally have. I don’t know if 39 points will be enough for us to stay in the Premier League, we just have to go on and try and win the next game, that is always our goal.” Swansea are all but guaranteed another season in the top flight, but their campaign is tailing off as they equalled their previous longest winless run in the Premier League of five games, but manager Michael Laudrup was keen to focus on the positives. He said: “We did so well on occasions until the last pass. “The last pass is so important and it is an area we could have done better in. “I think we should have won but when you don’t you have to accept a draw and look on the positive side. We had conceded two goals in each of our last four games and we have now kept a clean sheet.”