Watch Bernie Worrell’s Greatest Solos With Parliament Funkadelic

first_imgFans were heartbroken yesterday, when the funky keyboardist known as Dr. G. Bernie Worrell lost his life to lung cancer at the age of 72. Worrell spent many years of his life performing with Parliament Funkadelic, tearing the roof off the mother with the band that defined the funk rock genre.While Worrell will be remembered for a diverse musical legacy, there’s no shortage of funky clips from his time with P-Funk. Catch some serious soul from the Woo man at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2004, below.Here he is jamming with P-Funk in 1979.Watch this classic video of “Rumpofsteelskin/Much Thrust,” below.How about a little “Flash Light” from a Capitol Theatre performance in 1978?We’ll leave you with this funky gem from a solo show in 2006. Behold the funk.last_img read more

Ray Paczkowski Joins The Trey Anastasio Trio At Levitate Music Festival [Full Show Video]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Trey Anastasio headlined Levitate Music & Arts Festival in Marshfield, Massachusetts, following up his performance with the Trey Anastasio Quartet on Friday night at New York City’s Central Park.Similar to Friday night’s show, the Trey Anastasio Trio was joined by Trey Anastasio Band keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, transforming the Trio into a quartet. The Trey Anastasio Trio, an old side project composed of Anastasio as well as bassist Tony Markellis and drummer Russ Lawton, was originally revived following Paczkowski’s emergency brain surgery, though the keyboardist recovered quicker than expected and has been joining the group since a show in Charlottesville.As for the group’s performance at Levitate Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night, the Trey Anastasio Quartet headlined the festival following performances by Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Twiddle, and others. Taking a note from the band’s performance the previous night in Central Park, the group opened the show with a combination of “Blaze On” and “Cayman Review”; unlike Friday’s show, the Trey Anastasio Quartet then moved into a take on “Pigtail”.Classic “Gotta Jibboo” came next, followed up by “Everything’s Right”, a new tune that was debuted during the band’s show at The Capitol Theatre last April. “Farmhouse” led into “Dark and Down”, which prefaced a slinky rendition of “Sand”. To close out the set, the band jammed through a combination of “Bug”, “Undermind”, and “First Tube”, making for an improv-heavy end to the set.The Phish guitarist came out unaccompanied for the first two songs of the encore—”Waste” and “More”—with Anastasio offering up solo acoustic renditions of both numbers. The band then reemerged for the final song of the night, “Push On ‘Til The Day”, which closed out the group’s second set the night prior.[Video: ineffablemusicgroup]Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | Levitate Music & Arts Festival | Marshfield, MA | 7/7/2018Set One: Blaze On, Cayman Review, Pigtail, Gotta Jibboo, Everything’s Right, Farmhouse, Dark and Down, Sand, Bug > Undermind > First TubeEncore: Waste [1], More [1], Push On ‘Til the Day[1] Trey solo acoustic.You can check out a full gallery of photos from Levitate Music Festival below, courtesy of Adam McCullough.Levitate Music Festival | Marshfield, MA | 7/7-8/2018 | Photo: Adam McCullough Load remaining images Photo: Adam McCulloughcenter_img Photo: Adam McCulloughlast_img read more

Karina Rykman Adds Northeast Dates To 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgExperimental rock bassist Karina Rykman added three more shows to her spring concert calendar on Tuesday.Rykman, who is a regular member of Marco Benevento‘s live band, had previously announced her own solo show at New York City’s Rough Trade alongside Adam November and Chris Corsico scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th. Rykman will now continue her run of shows with her first-ever solo performances outside of NYC scheduled to take place at City Winery Boston in Boston, MA (5/16); Nectar’s in Burlington, VT (5/17); and The Press Room in Portsmouth, NH (5/18).Following her NYC show on April 10th, Rykman will link up with Benevento for a run of east coast tour performances scheduled throughout the rest of April and into mid-May.Rykman played her way into headlines within the Phish realm back at the end of December, when she found herself testing out Mike Gordon‘s bass rig to an empty arena during the famous jam band’s 2018 residency at Madison Square Garden leading up to New Year’s Eve. One thing led to another, and before she knew it, Rykman found herself jamming away alongside Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell.Tickets for Rykman’s Rough Trade and The Press Room shows are on sale now, with the Nectar’s and City Winery Boston shows beginning on-sale this Thursday, March 21st at 12 p.m. EST. Fans can head to Rykman’s website for tickets and tour info.last_img read more

AI: The Reality of Virtuality

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Creative processes could be considered the next frontier for AI. Acting out a script. Playing music. Reciting poetry. And then the next level of creativity: Writing a script. Writing music. Writing poetry. While there has been progress in teaching computers how to perform creative endeavors such as composing poetry, there’s still quite a ways to go before they can guarantee high marks on a Turing Test. It’s clear AI is fundamentally changing the way we generate entertainment content. And with any major change in processes, there’s a shift in the tools we need to complete them. AI requires a different mix of processing and storage resources compared to traditional programming models.At Dell Technologies, we understand the challenges of AI. After all, we just don’t design and build the infrastructure that underlies artificial intelligence: we use it ourselves. Working with NVIDIA, we have solutions that combine best of breed NVIDIA GPU accelerated compute with high-performance scale-out PowerScale storage. Our approach offers flexibility and informed choice including build your own options with PowerScale and the ultra-dense GPU accelerated PowerEdge C-series as well as prepackaged Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI: Deep Learning with NVIDIA for organizations that prefer to buy solutions. We also offer advanced reference architectures such as the Isilon All-Flash F800 and NVIDIA DGX-1 servers AI reference architecture that reduce risk and compress the time needed for training and testing analytical models for multi-petabyte data sets.Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about your AI infrastructures needs from proof-of-concept to large scale production deployments from my NVIDIA GTC 2020 session here. And you can learn even more about how AI is changing the world, through our sessions at Dell Technologies World on October 21-22. One area where we are going to see tremendous innovation through artificial intelligence (AI) is in entertainment. Video games, for example, already employ AI in numerous ways, from creating armies of opponents who act like real people to building out realistic open worlds faster than a person could possibly create them. AI manages the laws of physics, moving everything in the environment like it’s in the real world. Rather than having to spend the majority of design time describing interactions between objects, programmers are now free to focus on building out a compelling reality. Programmers can set the initial conditions and then allow the AI to take of care of running the world.AI is also disrupting existing technologies. For example green screen technology, which underlies many movie special effects, is currently undergoing dramatic changes through applications like Zoom in response to COVID-19. Zoom doesn’t require a green screen behind a person to screen out the background. AI determines what is presenter, background, and objects of interest that should be visible. Now workers at home can appear to be in front of the Eiffel Tower or on the moon. It won’t be surprising to see future enhancements like pajama-to-suit transforms so you don’t have to change clothes for a meeting.The money behind blockbuster movies has also helped drive significant innovation, and AI is seeing the benefits as well. Consider leading-edge deepfake face swapping technology being developed by Disney. Deepfakes were the subject of the movie Looker  back in 1981, where models were scanned by computers and their digital models used in commercials. Today, deepfakes are on the verge of transforming how movies might be filmed. For example, a stunt person or stand-in could film a scene and the star’s face could be transferred in later. Or consider films containing scenes with a deceased actor. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) is the classic of this genre, using old footage from other films. With deepfakes, however, directors won’t be limited to existing footage; they will be able to create wholly new scenes starring actors long since departed. One intriguing application for deepfakes will be in inserting the viewer into the film. Imaging starring as the hero in your favorite action movie and having your significant other be the movie’s love interest. How about that for feeling like you’re part of the story?And that’s just the beginning of what’s possible. Combine all of these technologies and you’re just a few steps away from achieving completely interactive entertainment with massive immersion and realistic world interactions, all in real-time. High-end video games are already very much like movies and have similar budgets and gross revenues – Call of Duty grossed $1.132 billion in 2019. It’s not unreasonable to expect to see a whole new breed of interactive game/movie – virtuality – in the coming decade.As illustrated, AI can be implemented in many layers. The above examples are all what could be considered mechanical or procedural processes. For example, deepfakes still need a reference actor upon which to transfer facial expressions and manage body movement. The creative aspect of acting – the decision of what expression to show and when to show it – still depends upon a person.last_img read more

Hall rectors’ pets brighten dorm life

first_imgOf all the tearful goodbyes between students and their friends and family at the beginning of a new school year, one of the saddest is saying goodbye to the family pet.But sometimes, students are welcomed to their on-campus phones by a furry friend, for rectors have the privilege of keeping a pet. Photo courtesy of Noel Terranova Keenan Hall rector Noel Terranova and his wife Jaclyn pose with their dog, The Goose, who lives with them in the dorm.“People will walk past him, stop, turn around and suddenly say, ‘Can I pet the dog?’” Carol Latronica, rector of Welsh Family Hall, said about her six-year-old labradoodle, Lucca.In many dorms, dogs are some of the most popular residents.“Everyone knows The Goose — he’s just one of the guys in Keenan,” Noel Terranova, the current rector of the hall, said of his dog.If Terranova had to guess, he said The Goose is probably a mix of a boxer, a lab and a shepherd. Over the years, Terranova has trained a number of seeing-eye dogs for the organization Leader Dogs for the Blind — Bacon and Champion were well-loved by Keenan residents.Students will often come by to spend time with The Goose, even taking him for walks, Terranova said.“I’ll write a note on the whiteboard and leave the leash outside the door. … And they take him out — and it works great,” he said. Visits to see The Goose often coincide with visits to see the rector.“They stop by to see the dog, and then they end up talking to me,” Terranova said, The same is often the case in Welsh Family Hall, Latronica said.“People will come by and say ‘I need a dog fix, can I come in and see Lucca?’” she said. “Also, he’s good [for comfort], if people need to come in and talk to me about something.”Amanda Springstead, the rector of Howard, has a special situation with her standard poodle, Lola. Since Springstead has family in South Bend, Lola stays with them and visits Howard every other week. “I host ‘Cookies with Lola’ whenever she is here,” she said. “People come and pet Lola and chat about their days.”Rules need to be set when rectors have pets, Terranova said. Certain issues, such as allergy concerns, need to be addressed.“If [The Goose] wants to roam the building, I trained him not to go into students’ rooms,” Terranova said. “I never allow the dogs in my office, so it’s a space where guys can meet with me.”Although Lucca and Lola are hypoallergenic, hall staff still needs to be considerate of residents, Springstead said.“Lola is always on a leash,” she said. “She’ll go in the other room if someone needs to see me, or I’ll meet [them] in my office.”All three of the rectors said any student who feels uncomfortable about the dogs is encouraged to come and speak with them to find a resolution.As for whether other rectors should get pets — often a request made by residents — it’s all up to the rector, Terranova said.“A dog is a lifetime commitment. … At the beginning and the end of the entire proposition, there is one human that will take care of [the dog] for its whole life — not a group of students,” he said. “When it gets cold, I don’t see guys taking the dog for a walk.”Despite the difficulties, animals bring something special to the dorm community, Terranova added.“[The Goose’s] best buddies in Keenan are the housekeepers,” he said. “He knows exactly when their breaks are, and he runs [to each] and gets a treat, and they love it.”It’s just one more thing that makes the residence halls feel like home, Springstead said.“Every time [Lola] leaves, she is so exhausted. This is more excitement than she’s used to,” she said. “She’ll go home to my family and sleep all the next day.”And for many, a little time with a dog makes the day a little brighter, Latronica said.“[Lucca] loves to smile,” she said. “I’ll have him in the lobby, and people will go up to him and say, ‘Do you have a smile for me?’”Tags: dog, dorm, pet, rectorlast_img read more

Lecturers discuss past, present impeachment cases

first_imgAlysa Guffey | The Observer Students and community members listen at Wednesday night’s Pizza, Pop and Politics Lecture. Law professor Jimmy Gurulé and political science professor emeritus Peri Arnold discussed the history of presidential impeachment in the United States.Gurulé opened the lecture by addressing the importance of dialogue and engagement surrounding the impeachment process and its outcomes in the context of current political events. “We are living through a historical time, and often you hear that, but today it is factually true,” Gurulé said. “Today, the House Judiciary Committee held its impeachment hearing on [President] Trump, in what could be the fourth president to be the target of impeachment.”Gurulé laid out the constitutional texts regarding presidential impeachment. “Congress has the authority to impeach the president upon a determination that such officers have engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors,” he said.Gurulé focused on the question of what qualifies as a high crime or misdemeanor committed by a president of the United States, as the definition of the phrase is not laid out in the Constitution itself. Citing “Federalist 65,” Gurulé described a high crime or misdemeanor as “an abusive power that results in an injury to [America].”“It’s not like a robbery where one victim is the victim of the robbery. … This is an injury to our society, to our democracy.” Gurulé said. “That is the justification for impeachment: when a president abuses his power for personal gain.”In regards to the current impeachment hearings against President Trump, Gurulé believes Trump will be impeached but not removed from office due to the fact that the Democrats control the House of Representatives — which originates the process — and Republicans control the Senate, which makes the decision about whether to remove a president. He views political partiality as an obstacle to the purpose of impeachment in American democracy. “The Democrats have one point-of-view on this, the Republicans have the opposite point-of-view and the actual demonstrations of innocence or guilt are secondary considerations,” he said.  Arnold followed Gurulé’s outline of the impeachment process with an analysis of the four presidents in American history to be the target of impeachment: Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Johnson faced impeachment because of his violation of the Tenure of Office Act and survived possible removal of office in the Senate trial by one vote. Clinton was impeached and later acquitted on account of perjury due to an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Nixon, while never officially impeached by the House, found himself as a target of impeachment after the Watergate scandal broke. Nixon resigned from his presidency shortly after. Currently, Trump is facing charges of impeachment for abuse of power and conducting bribery from foreign governments to aid him in the 2020 presidential election, Arnold said. Following his analysis, Arnold argued that presidents in tension with their political context are especially vulnerable to impeachment, but the division of political parties leads to the failure of the impeachment process.  “[These presidents] are what we call disjunctive presidents. That is, they come out of time and they stick out like sore thumbs in their context,” Arnold said. “They are specifically presidents in conflict with political values and majority tendencies of the time. … But what will happen? Nothing. This is where our Constitution fails.”Following the lecture, Gurulé and Arnold opened up the floor for questions. In response to a question regarding if they see a change in the impeachment process in the near future, Gurulé discussed his concerns for the growing political divide alongside his hopes for the resiliency of American democracy.“Right now what I envision is that the political divide will only become more heated, vicious and divided,” Gurulé said. “This current process may require something like a national crisis to shake our system and cause us to reawaken our senses and place the country above politics.”Tags: Donald Trump, impeachment, Pizza, Pizza Pop and Politics The final Pizza, Pop and Politics event of the semester took place Wednesday evening with a lecture titled: “High Crimes and Misdemeanors? The History of Impeachment.” Co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, ND Votes, Constitutional Studies and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the lecture featured law school professor Jimmy Gurulé and political science professor emeritus Peri Arnold to discuss the implications of impeachments, past and present, with students. last_img read more

Vermont and New York begin work on regional intercity passenger rail study

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are working together to identify and establish intercity passenger rail service to parts of southwestern Vermont and adjacent areas in New York that are currently underserved, and have scheduled the first public meeting to discuss the study for Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Bennington Fire Station, 130 River Street, Bennington, VT, 05201.The project study area, which is generally located between Albany/Rensselaer, NY and Rutland, VT, includes Bennington and Rutland Counties in Vermont, and Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties in New York.Passenger rail is a vital and integrated component of both the Vermont and New York multimodal transportation systems. Both states have developed state rail plans to provide a strategic policy framework for maintaining and enhancing their respective rail systems.‘Governor Peter Shumlin is committed to seeing passenger rail grow in Vermont,’ noted Brian Searles, Secretary of VTrans. ‘We are pleased to be working with in partnership with New York to implement the shared vision of delivering passenger rail along the western corridor of Vermont, and connecting to Albany and New York City.’‘Expanding high speed intercity passenger rail service is a priority for Governor Andrew Cuomo as it will increase mobility, create jobs and support economic growth and tourism,’ NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said. ‘We look forward to working cooperatively with the State of Vermont to create passenger rail improvements that will effectively serve us and future generations and we encourage the public to participate in the upcoming meeting to help us develop a system that is responsive to its needs.”VTrans and NYSDOT also are working together on another significant transportation project, replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge, which spans the state line between Crown Point, Essex County, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont. The previous bridge was demolished in late December 2009. A new bridge is scheduled to be opened at the site this fall.The New York-Vermont Bi-State Intercity Passenger Rail Study is funded by a $500,000 FRA grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009). Both states are contributing $250,000 each towards the cost of the study.The desired study outcome is to develop a preferred transportation alternative that will continue forward into design and construction. The study will include the following major steps:§ Identify and evaluate reasonable intercity passenger rail service alternatives;§ Complete Federal environmental documentation and reviews;§ Develop preliminary engineering materials; and§ Develop an implementation plan to identify the management approach and financial plan for the proposed service. A public meeting scheduled for March 22. The study is scheduled to be completed by summer 2012.Public involvement is essential for the development and implementation of the planning study. Over the course of the next 18 months, a series of public meetings will be held in both Vermont and New York to gather public opinion on passenger rail service options.last_img read more

ICYMI: NCUA’s recent HMDA observations

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Greetings Compliance Friends!In case you missed it, NCUA addressed its Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) review observations in the Federal Reserve’s recent 2019 Fair Lending Interagency Webinar.  In the webinar, NCUA provided a brief update of its activities from 2019 examinations. NCUA uses HMDA data to assist in identifying and enforcing anti-discrimination rules. So far this year, NCUA appears to have followed its 2019 supervisory priorities by reviewing for good faith efforts to comply with the new HMDA reporting requirements. It is our understanding that NCUA will conduct more expansive fair lending reviews in 2020, in part because collection of the new data points enables the agency to conduct greater analysis of possibly discriminatory lending patterns since it’s now possible to control for more variables. Accordingly, this update provides valuable insight into the activities from recent examinations that NCUA found to be problematic. In the webinar, NCUA identified issues in the areas of reporting originations, reporting preapproval requests, as well as inconsistencies in reporting withdrawn applications and race/ethnicity/sex information.Failure to Report Originations. When it comes to appropriately reporting loan originations, NCUA found the most issues in cases where a third party plays a role in a credit union’s lending process. According to Regulation C (which implements HMDA), if more than one party is involved in the origination of a loan, the party making the credit decision is required to report the loan. See, 12 CFR Part 1003, Supp. I, Comment 4(a)-2. Whether the loan eventually closes in the credit union’s name is not relevant for HMDA reporting purposes. Although such violations appear to be technical in nature, NCUA still views this as a major issue. As explained in the webinar, systemic HMDA errors can make the data that is collected unreliable. If the data is unreliable, it cannot be used for its intended purpose, which is to help NCUA track trends and analysis. In order to ensure that originations are properly reported, NCUA recommends additional oversight over the HMDA reporting process, especially with regard to third parties who collect data for more than one financial institution but defer the credit decision-making authority to the credit union.last_img read more

Yoga studio, nurse team up to help those in their fight against cancer

first_imgThe time for that class will be Sundays from noon until 1 p.m. The yoga sessions are free to sign up for and attend. The class goes from noon until 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Organic Yoga studio. Solano started the class this past summer in honor of her father’s fight against cancer. Solano will also be starting a new class on Mar. 15 at the Universal Prana studio in Greene. VESTAL (WBNG) – A local nurse is helping heal the mind, body and spirit, offering class to benefit cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. “It is a blessing and like I said: this is my gift to my community in honor of my father,” Solano said. “I know how yoga has helped me and my practice of yoga has helped, and I really wanted to do this for people going through a challenging time.” Solano told 12 News the yoga is very basic, and accommodations can be made for people with disabilities wishing to participate. Grace Solano, PhD., is working with Organic Yoga studio to offer a one-hour session that helps calm participants and put their mind’s at ease during what can be a very stressful time in their lives.last_img read more

GE continues down its destructive path

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Dec. 8 article, “GE to slash 12,000 jobs”: GE brings ‘bad’ things to life. GE’s announcement for massive layoffs for salaried and hourly employees, all under the pretext that the company needs to redirect, is ludicrous. After mismanaging the company and destroying the stock price, former CEO Jeff Immelt’s compensation package is in excess of $26 million. GE sure does provide a hefty bonus package for bad performance.The new CEO, John Flannery, promises to get GE back on track. That is hard to believe, seeing as he led the acquisition of Alstom, the largest industrial acquisition and shrinking of GE Capital with massive layoffs and closing of divisions. We can be sure of two things concerning GE: more cutting out hard-working individuals and higher compensation for Flannery and his team. Jose Fernandez GlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more