Editorial: The life aquatic?

first_imgAn historic medieval city, its crumbling foundations  shored up by endless restoration work and a tourist industry oblivious to its real concerns and studious preoccupations. A thousand ivory towers with their windows facing inwards. Institutions awash with subsidies and streets simply awash; sunk in its own past and reruns of Brideshead. Yet Venice is still the most compelling city in Europe.Is Oxford really going the same way? Specifically, are future LMH students really going to hail a gondola after one too many at the Bridge? Will the Joe Wellingtons of a later age have no choice but to make their way homewards by water and weir? The proposed new Bodleian building has already been cursed by modern Millenarians prophesying floods; the city’s suburbs grow damper every year; Christ Church students seem unable to step outside without toppling into the lapping waters. The Oxford Mail and the police, organisations never prone to exaggeration or the melodramatic, are already allegedly consulting leading architects about building a new Ark.These days, even the most stalwart of Republican candidates accepts that water levels are on the rise. Oxford is, after all, built on a floodplain. Oxford Waterworld may become a reality one day – but why worry? Think of the potential benefits: plenty of room for the threatened bargemen of Jericho; Oxford as the world’s leading marine research institute; enough depth for Magdalen’s sozzled toffs to jump off their bridge without breaking their legs. Scratch that last one. A valid point remains: the city will survive, it will adapt, and it’ll undoubtedly come up with a new set of winsome nautical ‘traditions’ to draw in a whole new raft of tourists. by Laura Pitel and Tom Seymour, Cherwell editorslast_img read more

The Motet Brings The Party To Portland’s Revolution Hall [Gallery]

first_imgThe Motet have been on a tear this fall. The band finished off an extensive run of dates with a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl at the beginning of this month, and followed up the incredible run with Hometown Hustle, their triumphant Colorado homecoming, the following weekend.This past weekend, the funky seven-piece headed out to Oregon for a three-night, three-city victory lap, including performances in Eugene, Portland, and Ashland. You can check out photos of Friday’s show at Portland’s Revolution Hall below, courtesy of photographer Jordan Inglee.Aside from a one-off performance at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction, CO on December 10th, the band will be off the road until their four-night New Year’s Run December 28th-31st, which will take them to Minneapolis and Milwaukee (with special guests Pho), Chicago (along with Umphrey’s McGee) and, finally, Atlanta on New Year’s Eve (along with Roosevelt Collier Trio). Tickets for The Motet’s upcoming shows are available through their website.Photography by Jordan IngleeWebsite: www.visualsuplex.com // FB: /visualsuplex // Instagram: @visualsuplexSetlist: The Motet at Revolution Hall, Portland, OR – 11/18/16Set: Corner, Truth, Ain’t No Way, Own It, Rynodub, Damn!, Handcuffs > Plexus > Keep On, Glide > Knee Deep* > Cloak > Extraordinary% > Closed%Encore: Fool* = with Josh Cliburn on sax% = w/ Paul Creighton on vocals Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna Kick Off 2017 Wheels Of Soul Tour In NH [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images TTB, Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna | Wheels of Soul Tour | New Hampshire | 7/1/17 Last night, Tedeschi Trucks Band teamed up with The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna for the first stop on the Summer 2017 edition of their annual “Wheels of Soul” tour. Tedeschi Trucks’ tour opening performance included memorable performances of “Keep On Growing,” “Made Up Mind,” “Laugh About It,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Don’t Know What,” “Midnight In Harlem,” “Get Out My Life,” “I Wish I Knew,” “I Pity The Fool,” “Bound For Glory,” “I Want More,” and oft-covered early 20th century hymn “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” as well as a standout “Angel” -> a powerful rendition of the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree,” delivered as always with signature swagger from Susan Tedeschi.“It’s been great to develop this tour into an annual event where we get a chance to hit the road and share the stage with fellow musicians we love and respect, Susan Tedeschi explained in a statement when the tour was announced. “Each year we try to find bands that share our musical vision while bringing their own unique talents to this traveling circus.” Oliver Wood added, “We go way back with Derek and Susan. They are some of our favorite friends and collaborators.” Wood co-wrote a track on TTB’s Revelator album, and both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi appeared on The Wood Brothers’ Paradise album as well.”This year marks the third year of TTB’s “Wheels of Soul” tour concept, for which they bring together the top talent around for extended multi-band engagements. “Wheels of Soul” always has a collaborative spirit, and the members of this year’s bands are not strangers to collaboration. Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna), for example, has played many times with TTB. The tour runs throughout the month of July, playing festivals and amphitheaters nationwide before culminating in a two-night run at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO.For a full list of upcoming dates on the “Wheels of Soul” tour, head to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website.You can see a gallery of photos from last night’s tour opener courtesy of photographer Vic Brazen, and check out fan-shot footage of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” (via Gary Engel), “Bound For Glory,” “Keep On Growing,” (via Jamey Klein), and “Bird on the Wire” (via Brosef Wilson) below:“Will The Circle Be Unbroken”“Bound For Glory”“Keep On Growing” “Bird on the Wire”last_img read more

Suwannee Roots Revival Announces Col. Bruce Hampton Tribute Lineup

first_imgThe second annual Suwannee Roots Revival is going down Thursday, October 12th, 2017 through Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, FL. This year’s Suwannee Roots Revival lineup includes Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, The Wood Brothers, Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady, Donna the Buffalo, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp, Rev Jeff Mosier Band, Willie Sugarcapps, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, River Whyless, Seth Walker, The Honeycutters, Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Grass Is Dead, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Nation of Two, Dread Clampitt, Belle and The Band, and more.In addition to all this, the festival will pay tribute to the beloved artists who have passed on with our memorial Vassar Sunday. There will be a special late-afternoon set to honor the amazing and legendary Col. Bruce Hampton. The ‘Symphony of Gratitude’ is made up of Rev. Jeff Mosier, Tyler Neal, Ian Newberry, Nick DiSebastian, Dante Harmon, Michael Smith, Kathie Holmes, Franher Josep, John Mailander, Fiddlin’ Faye Petree, Mark Chester, and Darren Stanley.Rev. Jeff Mosier put together the “Symphony of Gratitude” to honor Col. Bruce Hampton, who was a dear friend of and veteran performer at Spirit of Suwannee for a couple of decades. “I’m so glad and looking forward to being a part of a group of former veteran ear soldiers and friends mostly from Col. Bruce Hampton Projects (Madrid Express, Pharaoh’s Kitchen, Quark Alliance) as we lead ourselves and the audience through a unique ‘Symphony of Gratitude’ for the influence and outfluence of the man himself,” Rev. Jeff Mosier says. “Suwannee was one of his favorite places on earth to play music, and we hope in some unique way to bring about the heartfelt love that we all have for Bruce. Please join us! Many surprises assured. A definite don’t wanna miss moment.” Returning to the stage on Sunday are Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Lauderdale, and Verlon Thompson. Nation of Two, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine also perform on Sunday and Donna the Buffalo will close out the festival and is sure to bring up some special guests!There will also be Permaculture Action Day Workshop to kick of the festival on Thursday from 10am – 1pm called “The Low Maintenance Food Forest.” Space is limited. Sign up to participate at here.Suwannee Roots Revival LineupBéla Fleck and Abigail WashburnThe Wood BrothersPeter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack CasadyDonna the BuffaloSteep Canyon RangersMother’s FinestChatham County LineJim LauderdaleVerlon ThompsonShawn CampRev Jeff Mosier BandWillie SugarcappsThe Lee BoysThe RevelersJoe Craven & The SometimersSeth WalkerRiver WhylessNation of TwoAmanda Anne Platt & The HoneycuttersThe Grass Is DeadRumpke Mountain BoysDread ClampittRichie & RosieGrandpa’s Cough MedicineThe Pine Box DwellersKatie SkeneBelle and The BandThe Adventures of Annabelle LynQuartermoonSloppy JoeLPTThe Walker Family BandThe DunehoppersHabanero HoneysJeff BradleySuwannee Spirit Kids Music CampTania & Magic Moon Traveling Circuslast_img read more

Mining Facebook data for science

first_imgIt seems Christmas is coming early this year for social scientists.That’s because just months after Harvard’s Gary King wrote an academic paper about a system that would allow researchers to access the massive data troves held by Facebook and other private companies, it is set to become a reality.Along with collaborator Nathaniel Persily at Stanford University, King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, created an organization called Social Science One that will lead the effort to identify data inside Facebook, prepare it for researchers, and fund numerous scholars to analyze the data.The organization is today making available for research the first of what King says will be many data sets, more than half a trillion numbers that include every link clicked by Facebook users in the last year, information on the types of people who clicked, and indicators of whether links were judged to be intentionally false news stories.“As social scientists, our goal is to understand and solve the greatest challenges that affect human society,” King said. “Twenty years ago, almost all the data in the world to address these challenges was created by those of us in the academy, by governments and given to us, or by private companies and sold to us,” he said. “But the problem is that even though we have more data than ever before, we have a smaller fraction of the data that the world is creating. Most of the data that would be useful for social science is now locked up inside private companies. Social Science One is an important mechanism for unlocking that data for social scientists.”The amount of data to which they’ll have access is “extraordinary,” he said.“In quantity, it may rival the total amount of data that currently exists in the social sciences.” Related Study shows that such outlets can have broad impact on the national conversation Small media, big payback Outlined by King and Persily in a working paper in April, the framework that underpins Social Science One has two parts.The first, he said, is a commission of distinguished academics from across the globe who will work with Facebook officials to identify potential data sets that they will make available to researchers through a process in which study proposals are submitted and peer-reviewed. Once study ideas are approved, researchers will get access to the data as well as grants to support their work, provided by seven charitable foundations. The foundations span the ideological gamut but their money will be pooled, and all decisions will be made by academics so no one viewpoint can dominate. The outside researchers will have complete academic freedom without having to give Facebook prepublication approval rights.“The key part of the process is that the commission, as a trusted third party, can look at the proposals and decide that some not be funded — even if scientifically appropriate — for reasons not publicly known, such as if they would touch on litigation that has not been made public,” King continued. “And if Facebook reneges on this agreement and does not make data available that Social Science One requests, we are obligated to report that to the public. So this system is incentive compatible for the public, for the company, and for the social scientific community. We think of this as essentially a work of political science, where we came up with a constitution that works for all parties.”Matthew Baum, Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications at the Harvard Kennedy School and member of the Social Science One commission, said, “This commission has the potential to open a new chapter in social science research, and in the overall acquisition of knowledge, in which the organizations that possess critically important information about people and institutions, like social media platforms, and professional researchers will be able to more effectively collaborate to address some of the most difficult problems facing our society.”Social Science One is being incubated at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, which King directs. Over the years, the institute has taken on this type of activity many times. It has regularly incubated and spun off nonprofit research groups and for-profit companies, as well as centers, programs, and research projects now housed at the institute, elsewhere at Harvard, and at other institutions.Though it is an exciting prospect for researchers to have access to Facebook’s data store, the use — and misuse — of its data has made headlines in recent months, something King and colleagues have developed procedures to avoid. They built safeguards into their procedures, the first of which is simple: To ensure access to the data is limited, academics won’t actually be given the data, but instead will be allowed access to the servers that hold it.“No academic will be handed data, like before,” King said. “Instead, we’ll make data access available to academics so that individual privacy is always preserved.”In addition, the organization plans to make use of a mathematical concept known as “differential privacy” to ensure that the data that is made available can’t be traced back to individual users.“We have some of the leading experts in the world studying this concept here at Harvard, including Cynthia Dwork, the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Salil Vadhan, the Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, both of whom are members of the commission,” King said. “The idea is that you can take a data set and add special types of random noise to make it impossible to identify any single person, but when you aggregate it, it doesn’t alter the overall patterns you want to examine.”But by far the strongest security measure, King said, is related to the system that will allow academics to use the data. “When academics access the data, every character they type will be logged and audited,” he said. “So if they type the letter K, we will know they typed that letter. So there is no possibility of them copying or misusing the data. This means that we are switching from a model of individual responsibility, that has the researcher violating the rules as a single point of failure, to one of collective responsibility, where no one person can violate privacy without everyone knowing and being able to stop it.”Ultimately, King said, the goal of Social Science One is to develop ways for Facebook — and eventually other companies — to make their vast data stores available to researchers in the hope of finding solutions to social problems that continue to plague humanity.“Facebook has highly informative data on 2 billion people,” King said. “That’s an incredible privilege, and with the privilege comes considerable responsibility. It only makes sense that Facebook also use some of that information and power to help the public and contribute to social good.”It’s an idea that’s not without precedent, King said.Over the decades, several large companies have built large research divisions — perhaps most notably Bell Labs at AT&T and Microsoft Research at Microsoft — that allowed scientists the freedom to explore topics from information theory to the development of lasers and transistors.With the release of the first data set today, King and colleagues hope to continue that tradition, but in a manner designed for social science-related businesses.“This is just our first data set. We have quite a lot of others that will be coming after this, and we have funding from seven generous foundations, and so we hope to begin getting researchers up and running fast,” King said. “We also hope to extend this collaboration beyond Facebook and to partner with other companies as well.“The discoveries we make using these data sets are not going to interrupt these companies’ businesses, but they could help solve some of the challenges that affect human society,” King said. “And if there’s a way to do that, who wouldn’t want to contribute to that mission?”last_img read more

Students create ‘HERE’s the Why’ Instagram account to advocate for social responsibility

first_imgThe tri-campus community has taken the fight to bolster student compliance to COVID-19 health guidelines into their own hands via social media. A student-run Instagram page titled “HERE’s the Why” began sharing personal stories from students, alumni and other concerned members of the community late last week in an effort to promote reflection on individual responsibility.Notre Dame junior Kirsten Young said she decided to start the page after the University announced a two-week period of online classes following a spike in COVID-19 cases last week. “I felt that a lot of the rules weren’t being followed,” Young said. “We were at a point where we needed to turn things around.”Young said she thought sharing personal stories about the COVID-19 pandemic would help convince people to follow health guidelines. “I know I have personal reasons. I think hearing personal reasons from other people would be a great way to connect with students,” she said. “Notre Dame students are smart. Hopefully these stories will make them stop and think about their actions, and influence them to do better.”Kelly Mansour, a sophomore at Notre Dame, assists Young in maintaining the page. She said she got involved because she wanted to remind students about the impact following safety guidelines can have. “I know wearing a mask and keeping 6 feet apart can be annoying,” Mansour said. “I know I have been missing the college experience we had last semester, so it’s important to remember why we’re doing what we’re doing to keep campus safe. … It’s so easy to wear a mask and stay six feet [apart], but it makes such a profound impact, and we’re trying to show that.”The Instagram account has showcased a variety of concerns from both students and alumni, ranging from anecdotes about families and communities in hometowns to a spotlight on the influence the tri-campus community could have on the reopening of South Bend public schools. Multiple students have shared their misgivings about returning home, citing mental health concerns and unsafe home lives. In particular, Young said she has received multiple stories from members of the LGBTQ community who shared that they are not out to their families at home. “The idea of being sent home from campus is a huge source of stress to these students,” Young said. “They take it so seriously, so it’s hard for them to see other people not understanding the repercussions if the spread gets worse.”Another post contains student testimony about contracting and recovering from COVID-19. The student, sophomore Ryan Murdock, has been vocal about his own battle with the illness on the “HERE’s the Why” page and in a Letter to the Editor. Murdock said he shared his story so other students might understand that becoming ill with COVID-19 is a real possibility that should not be dismissed.“I think so many people think, ‘oh we’re young, we’re immune, it doesn’t really affect us’ … which is just not true,” he said. “People think it couldn’t happen to them, but it does.”Murdock said he experienced a 48-hour period of high fever and extreme fatigue after being contact traced to another student who had tested positive and moved into isolation. “I was feeling fine until I wasn’t and ended up in the emergency room with a high fever,” he said.Murdock said he wants other students to accept the fact that they have to make sacrifices in order to finish the semester on campus. “I get it, I wish we could go to parties, too,” Murdock said. “I wish we could have a normal semester like last fall but it’s just not possible. We can’t keep doing what so many people are doing … we have a responsibility to be better than that. If you think it couldn’t be you … you’re wrong, nobody’s immune.”Going forward, Young said she hopes “HERE’s the Why” will prompt students to think of the impact their actions have on others when making choices. “I know it’s so easy to fall into the temptations of being around your friends and drop your precautions a little bit,” Young said. “But remember every action you take has an impact on the people around, and it’s so important to be conscious of that right now.”Mansour echoed Young’s call to consider the impact of individual choices on the community. “It’s about the community, it’s about the common good,” Mansour said. “So we want people to just remember that when they’re talking with friends about their hopes for the rest of the semester, when they’re deciding what to do on a Friday night, that their choice to sit on the quad without a mask could impact more people than they could even imagine.” Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, HERE’s the Why, student instagram accountlast_img read more

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sequel Will Get London Stage Adaptation

first_img The score features music by O’Brien (who wrote the score and book for The Rocky Horror Show) and Richard Hartley. Jim Sharman directed and co-wrote the original film, which featured a mix of faces returning from The Rocky Horror Show, such as O’Brien, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell, as well new additions, including Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper as a recast Brad and Janet. View Comments In Shock Treatment, Rocky Horror couple Brad and Janet Major find themselves trapped in a TV game show, spookily predicting the rise of reality television.center_img Hot Patootie! Richard O’Brien’s Shock Treatment, the 1981 flop film sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, will be adapted for the stage next year in London. According to BBC News, the new production will begin performances on April 17, 2015 and run through May 9 at the King’s Head Theatre. Opening night is set for April 21. Benji Sperring will direct the Tom Crowley adaptation.last_img read more

Douglas Proposes $15.6 Million in Property Tax Reductions

first_imgGovernor Douglas Proposes $15.6 Million in Property Tax ReductionsTwo Year Savings from Act 68 Would Exceed $41 MillionMontpelier, Vt. — Governor Jim Douglas today proposed to reduce Vermont’sstatewide property tax rates for education by 8 cents, an additional 3cents below the reduction achieved last year.”Under Act 68, the property tax reduction bill of 2003, the Legislatureestablished statewide homestead and non-residential property tax rates of$1.10 and $1.59 respectively,” Governor Douglas said. “In fiscal year2005, based on projected surpluses in the education fund I proposed, andthe legislature approved, lowering rates by 5 cents to $1.05 and $1.54.For fiscal year 2006, I will recommend statewide property tax rates arereduced a total of 8 cents to $1.02 and $1.51 respectively.”This would be the lowest statewide property tax rate since the tax wascreated by Act 60.Governor Douglas said the additional rate reduction would save propertytax payers an additional $15.6 million on top of the $25.9 million savedlast year. Bringing the total property tax savings achieved by Act 68 tomore than $41 million dollars over a two year period.Without lowered tax rates, the education fund would be collecting morethan is necessary from taxpayers, even while the demand for educationspending is being constrained by a lowered school population, the Governoradded.Although this would be the lowest statewide property tax rate since it wascreated with the passage of Act 60, Governor Douglas noted “there is morework to do to alleviate the tax burden on Vermonters,” and pledged topropose further improvements to the state’s education funding formula andto restrain growth in the state budget.last_img read more

Islip Terrace Dog Shot Dead, $2K Reward Offered

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities are searching for the shooter that killed a dog with a pellet gun in Islip Terrace last weekend.The owner of a male Pit Bull named Jax reported finding the dog with blood coming out of its mouth in the backyard of their home on Saturday, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.The dog was brought to Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville, where a necropsy was performed. The dog was determined to be killed by a pellet shot to the chest, the agency said.The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.Suffolk County SPCA investigators ask anyone with information to call them at 631-382-7722.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Is subprime lending heading south?

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It may not have hit your radar yet, but Wall Street is noticing a trend when it comes to subprime auto loans. According to a story on CNBC earlier this week, negative subprime auto data from CarMax’s recent earnings report is potential bad news for some financial institutions.Kevin Barker from investment firm Piper Jaffray had this to say in a note to clients on Tuesday in regards the report from Carmax:“CarMax is the largest used car dealer in the country, we believe these developments indicate we will continue to see more pressure on used car prices in the coming months. The decline in sales from lower tier borrowers (near-prime to subprime) are a clear signal the market recognizes subprime lending may have been overextended. These developments continue to confirm our thesis that lower used car prices and lower auto sales will pressure earnings/revenue for banks most exposed to the auto sector.” continue reading »last_img read more