Funky Zappa Trio The Z3 Releases New EP “Zappa Probably Would Think You’re Stupid”

first_imgThe Z3 is a Northeast-based power trio who perform “Funky Takes on Frank [Zappa].” The band, featuring Tim Palmieri (guitar, vocals) and Beau Sasser (keyboard, vocals) of Kung Fu and Bill Carbone (drums, vocals) of Max Creek, Zach Deputy’s live band and others, plays all Zappa, but isn’t a “tribute” in the usual sense of the word.“Basically, we aim to melt 21st century dance floors with Frank’s music,” says Palmieri, the band’s de facto front man. Drummer Carbone adds, “and we definitely embrace the spirit of Frank’s live shows–you know, the banter, the politics, all that–but we’re doing it with the things that are happening around us now.” Anyone who has seen Palmieri and Carbone slip into on-stage character as “guitar man” (a no good liberal) and “the devil” (a conservative, obviously, complete with a shitty mask) for the extended dialog of “Titties and Beer” would likely agree.The Z3’s fresh take on Frank hasn’t gone unnoticed by Zappaophiles either: they’ve performed twice at the Zappanale fest in Germany, and hosted FZ alum such as Ike Willis, Ed Mann, Denny Walley and others as guests.The band’s new EP, Zappa Probably Would Think You’re Stupid, showcases The Z3’s knack for rearrangement. “Fifty Fifty” becomes an organ-funk tour de force; something from the prog rock album Soulive has yet to record. “Village of the Sun” also shows the band’s soul jazz roots—Sasser and Carbone spent years as 2 of the 3 members of the Melvin Sparks Band—and grooves with a sweet spank reminiscent of the jam session Zappa and George Benson never had. The band’s touch is nowhere more evident than on “Absolutely Free,” a Zappa ode to American consumerism and conformity, which they’ve changed from ¾ to 4/4 time signature, funked up and peppered with three part vocal harmonies. Finally, the full peacock tail is unfurled on “Flower Punk” as Palmieri achieves heights of epic banter, working himself into a petulant frenzy as he verbalizes his imagined life as a truly liberated hippy, all atop of a never-ending guitar solo.You can stream the new EP below, or head here to download it.The band’s current tour stops include Thursday Nov 17 at Gypsy Sally’s in Washington D.C., Friday Nov 18 at Jamsgiving at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como, NJ and Friday December 16 at Pacific Standard in New Haven, CT.last_img read more

The Invention of GIS

first_imgCharles WaldheimChair, Department of Landscape ArchitectureJohn E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of DesignThe intellectual implications of geographic information systems (GIS) are enormous, and their practical applications are now in worldwide use.Since its origins in the 1960s, GIS has enabled designers, planners, developers, public agencies, and communities to make better decisions about the shape of urbanization and its impact. GIS improves design and planning by using geographically referenced data on subjects ranging from the economy to ecology and beyond.GIS was an innovation that emerged from the Laboratory for Computer Graphics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). The “Lab” was founded by Harvard College and GSD graduate Howard Fisher in 1965 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. The grant was intended to explore the role of computer graphics in solving the social, spatial, and urban problems of the American city. A primary goal of this work was to aggregate ecological, sociological, and demographic data and to spatialize that data through computer mapping.Much of the early intellectual energy of the Lab went into computer mapping and modeling tools such as SYMAP and other applications that aided the development of GIS. In 1968, William Warntz, professor of theoretical geography, became director of the Lab and extended its work into spatial analysis.Two contributors to the early research and development of GIS played particularly significant roles. Carl Steinitz, professor emeritus of Landscape Architecture, focused on environmental analysis and theoretical frameworks for planning. In 1967, he led a design studio with GSD graduate candidates that used SYMAP to analyze and map urbanization in relation to natural systems in the Delmarva Peninsula. The early work was a major breakthrough in the development of what would become GIS. Over the intervening half century, Steinitz emerged as the most significant voice of his generation on the theory and practice of landscape planning.Jack Dangermond, M.L.A. ’69, joined the Lab in 1967 and aided in developing SYMAP. At the time, Harvard had one supercomputer, and Dangermond had to assemble unwieldy stacks of punch cards for processing. Finding processing times faster at night, Dangermond succeeded in printing his first computer map after a month of night work. He later founded the prominent company ESRI to make these tools broadly available for public and private clients.ESRI remains among the most important venues for the development of tools and techniques for the geographic analysis of design and planning decisions.last_img read more

Science vs. politics

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPMDPrGA9ZI” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/CPMDPrGA9ZI/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> If you wonder why worldwide scientific consensus hasn’t yet quashed climate change denial in the United States, a panel this week at Harvard Kennedy School offered an answer: It’s the politics, stupid.Persistent efforts to cast doubt on a scientific certainty have their roots in philosophical opposition to big government and government regulation, expressed in a fierce, expertly managed, well-funded campaign, participants said.“It’s a story about government regulation, about organizations that take a position against government’s role in the marketplace,” said Naomi Oreskes, a history of science professor at Harvard.Oreskes, co-author of “Merchants of Doubt” (2010), which looked at campaigns to discredit scientific data from tobacco to the ozone hole to climate change, said the current opposition carries strong echoes of the tobacco wars. For decades, tobacco companies used disinformation to combat increasing evidence that smoking caused cancer and other illnesses.“It’s not just the same ideas, the same strategies, but the same people,” Oreskes said.The panel, “Crossing the 2014 Climate Divide: Scientists, Skeptics and the Media,” was held Thursday at the Belfer Building. It also featured Suzanne Goldenberg, a science reporter covering the United States for The Guardian, and Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Cristine Russell, senior fellow in the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, served as moderator.The underpinnings of the anti-climate change movement have given it political resonance, Oreskes said, because of ties to cultural traditions of independence, self-reliance, and small government.“It becomes an argument about big government,” Oreskes said. “For Republicans in Congress and elsewhere, it’s not about climate change, it’s definitely not about science, it’s about government.”The nature of the climate-change conversation has left reporters in a quandary, Goldenberg said. As it has become increasingly clear that denial is not rooted in science, reporters and news outlets committed to being fair to all sides have had to wrestle with how to treat the deniers, politically prominent but scientifically hollow.Journalists find themselves operating in a “highly combustible atmosphere,” Goldenberg said, comparing it with her experience covering the Israel-Palestine debate, where reports and analysis are closely scrutinized and criticized. Her own writing on climate change is followed closely enough that she’s been called “warmist Suzanne Goldenberg.”That climate change is occurring and is being caused by human activities has long been settled in the scientific community. Oreskes noted that scientists were certain as early as the 1960s and the evidence has mounted since then. She cited her own 2004 work, published in the journal Science, that examined peer-reviewed scientific articles on climate change to see how many departed from the mainstream consensus that human-caused change was occurring. A review of 1,000 articles found no disagreement. Overall agreement on the issue is at 97 to 99 percent, she said — about as close to perfect harmony as scientists can get.“This is beyond reasonable doubt. This is not disputed in the scientific community.”Though the ongoing debate in Congress is blocking meaningful national legislation to address climate change, it’s clear that deniers are losing the fight, Goldenberg said.Leaders at the state and local level are already taking action, she noted, planning how to address sea-level rise, passing legislation that promotes renewable energy, and even approving regulatory schemes — such as California’s cap and trade program — that directly address greenhouse gases. Further, businesses are incorporating climate change predictions into their plans, and the evidence holds more sway with the public.Still, scientists have to learn to communicate better and to respond to attacks, Frumhoff said, citing an article published before last fall’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released.The article pointed out a “pause” in warming in recent years, an idea that scientists should have immediately refuted, he said. The pause was caused by what he called “cherry picking” the first year of the period, 1998 — unusually warm because of a strong El Nino. Nonetheless, much of the coverage dwelled on it, overshadowing crucial aspects of the report including findings that human-induced climate change was more certain than ever and that coming sea-level rise might be higher than expected.Oreskes agreed that more training is needed by scientists and said that many have to change their view that dealing with the press is a chore to get past so they can get back to their “real work.” That attitude, she said, denies today’s reality that dealing with the press and with politicians is critical if science is to have a societywide impact.“In a way, the scientific community is being very unscientific about the realities we face,” Oreskes said.For the full panel discussion via video.last_img read more

Pigments in colorful vegetables may ward off macular degeneration

first_imgCarotenoids, the pigments that give color to vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and kale, may help prevent the vision ailment known as age-related macular degeneration. The researchers found that people who consumed the highest amounts of two carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) present in green leafy vegetables had a 40 percent lower risk of the advanced form of age-related macular degeneration compared to those who consumed the least amount. Other carotenoids including beta cryptoxanthin, alpha carotene and beta carotene, found in foods such as carrots and sweet potato, were linked to a 25 to 35 percent reduced risk of the condition.Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in individuals over 55.The study appeared online Oct. 8 in JAMA Ophthalmology.Researchers led by Joanne (Juan) Wu, a graduate student in nutrition epidemiology, looked at data from health surveys that tracked more than 63,000 women and almost 39,000 men aged 50 and older from 1984 or 1986 until 2010. About 2.5 percent of study participants developed either intermediate or advanced age-related macular degeneration during the study period.Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and chair of the Department of Nutrition, co-authored the study. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Students attend summer study abroad fair

first_imgNotre Dame International (NDI) hosted a summer study abroad fair Tuesday night for undergraduate students interested in attending one of the University’s 20 summer study abroad programs.“Summer study abroad programs offer great opportunities for students who need to work over the summer, have an internship or who are planning on doing research someplace,” director of study abroad Kathleen Opel said. “It helps them to get credits that they need, and almost all of the courses offered fill a University requirement, or it can fulfill major credits.”Any student currently attending Notre Dame — whether they are a freshman or a graduating senior — is eligible to apply by Feb. 3 for any of the programs, Opel said.The programs range in duration, which Opel said allows students who have other summertime obligations to accommodate their schedule.“We have a wide variety of dates and lengths of time,” Opel said. “Some students want a six-week or an eight-week study abroad program, some students only want a two- or three-week experience, and they can go back and do internships or work.“I think that these programs appeal to students who are athletes and can’t go during the academic year, or students who work with the newspaper or another activity that doesn’t permit them to go away, or for students who don’t want to be gone a whole semester.”Freshman finance and economics major Lorenzo Beer said he attended the fair to help him decide if he wants to study abroad during the school year or the summer. “Everybody I’ve ever spoken [to] has said that studying abroad is amazing and one of the best experiences of your life and that you should definitely do it if you can,” Beer said. “I definitely want to make sure I look into it. … If it’s during the summer, I could catch up on some courses. If it’s during the semester, [I could] maybe take a break from the Notre Dame bubble and see other parts of the world.” Mary Nucciarone, director of financial aid, said while the University offers a funding model to make a semester abroad cost about the same in tuition as a semester on campus, studying abroad over the summer has no such aid. “The University does not have a budget for scholarships for summer study abroad, so students are looking more at student loans — whether it be a private educational loan or a federal parent loan,” Nucciarone said.Because the funding model is different, Nucciarone said students looking to study abroad over the summer should start planning financially as soon as possible. “What I say for summer especially is to be planning,” Nucciarone said. “That’s the biggest challenge we find, is that students start planning really late — like in April for a May or June departure — and that’s really hard for us to help them.”Most of the summer programs are in the same locations as semester programs — such as Spain, Brazil, China, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Morocco. Opel said the shortened programs of the summer still allow students to immerse themselves in the culture, just as they would over a semester. “If you want to go to Morocco, you have an opportunity to experience, in three weeks, a whole range of activities that will give you a little smattering of background: French, Arabic, literature, film, history, the religious differences,” Opel said. “And that’s just one example.”Tags: Notre Dame International, study abroad, summer study abroadlast_img read more

‘Most people don’t really know we’re a thing’: Students, faculty reflect on lack of Native representation at Notre Dame

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is the first story in a two-part series examining the ways Native language and cultural identity are being kept alive by the students of Notre Dame. To learn more about their reflections on language and culture, explore these audio and visual clips.While Fr. Edward Sorin and the Congregation of Holy Cross were given the University’s land by the Bishop of Vincennes, this region of Northern Indiana was not uninhabited. “There’s a history of peace, art and culture on this spot that predates Fr. Sorin,” professor Brian S. Collier said. “When Fr. Sorin arrived, there was already a chapel here. The Pokagon Potawatomi was already worshiping here.” If anything, this is what Collier wants students to know about Notre Dame. Collier, a professor and historian with a Ph.D in Native American Studies, spends much of his time trying to ensure Native history does not become a thing of the past. Photo courtest of Alan Mychal Boyd NASAND co-president Alan Mychal Boyd (left) stands next to U.S. Representative Deb Haaland, who is one of two Native American women to ever be elected to U.S. Congress. Boyd and Haaland are pictured attending the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum.Collier said Catholicism was the commonality that linked Sorin and Leopold Pokagon, the leader of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi. While it was originally the Pokagon’s ancestral land, Collier said because of this Catholic connection, the Pokagon and the Congregation of the Holy Cross were able to live in relative harmony together on the land. Since 2013, Collier has run the Native American Initiatives (NAI) program at Notre Dame which, he said, initially started as a “faculty book club” for faculty and staff with degrees in Native American history. Soon, however, the program grew to sponsoring community members to come speak on Native issues at Notre Dame. NAI also works with area students from the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi. While the program works to support Native students, whether on campus or in the community, NAI also works as an outreach program for other students who are interested in Native history. Collier said that students often “wonder what they can do to support native causes.” The biggest thing, he said, is becoming aware of whose land they grew up on. “People should come to be aware that there’s been sequential immigration on this very land,” he said. “They’re not the first people there and they won’t be the last people there.” This awareness can translate to getting to know the Native students and Native student groups on campus. “Most people don’t really know we’re a thing,” Alan Mychal Boyd, a Notre Dame senior, said about the Native American Students Association of Notre Dame (NASAND). Boyd, who is the co-president of NASAND, said NASAND is not really supported by the University as a whole, but by the people who work within the University. “A lot of faculty and departments [at Notre Dame], especially the Multicultural Student centers, are awesome,” he said. “I think this is true for any native group on any campus — you have to find your support within certain parts of the University.”But, it can be hard for Native students to find support on campus, especially, Boyd said, since this year there are currently no native faculty that work with NASAND at the University.“That’s one thing that we’ve been really pushing and fighting for this past year…at least one Native faculty member would be amazing,” he said. “It’s important because, one, it shows that we’re here and that we have a person at the University who actually understands where we’re coming from as a whole. But, also, it just makes it so much easier to get things like a Native Studies minor or just better conditions.”The University has debated the induction of a Native American Studies minor for years. Boyd said that a Native American Studies minor would give Native students “a kind of authority,” and give them a chance to learn more about their own individual nations, as well as other Native nations. However, learning about Native nations can be a challenge, Boyd said, especially when so few classes choose to even address the history and contributions of Native nations and Indigenous Peoples. “So, any [class] that’s not specifically about Indigenous people usually doesn’t mention them whatsoever,” he said. “I think the most I got out of a class was our Intro to American Politics — it wasn’t in a lecture, it was in a textbook. All it was was one paragraph summarizing hundreds of years of civil rights and struggles with natives. It didn’t even mention that there were individual Native nations.” Over the years, this representational tension has only been exacerbated by the presence of the 12 Christopher Columbus murals on campus. On Jan. 20, however, it was announced that the University would be covering the murals. But yet, so far this year, the murals still remain uncovered. NASAND co-president junior Mikaela Murphy said that while ultimately she was happy with the decision to cover the murals, she would have appreciated more communication from the administration. “I am very happy with the decision that was made to cover the murals,” she said. “But I think it should have been something more permanent. I think President Jenkins should have thought about us when he made that public announcement without consulting us, because it led to us getting a lot of hate when we had nothing to do with the decision.”Paul J. Browne, the vice president of Public Affairs and Communication, said “Fr. Jenkins consulted widely before making a decision about the murals.” While discussions about the murals have all but stopped, Collier said he still finds it hard to tell prospective Native students about the murals. “From my own experience, when Native students come on tour and when they visit us, they always want to come inside the Main Building and I struggle with telling them about the murals,” he said. “I get some harsh reactions on why Notre Dame would have something like that. There is some potential harm to our larger community in placing them in such a prominent spot.” Boyd said he did not know Notre Dame had such murals until his third week on campus. Knowing about the murals as a prospective student might have impacted his decision to attend Notre Dame, he said. “I grew up in a culture where Columbus was a symbol of colonialism, a symbol of extermination and forced conversion and exploitation,” Boyd said. “So, I think, coming here and seeing [the Columbus murals] would have certainly affected my decision. Who people admire says a lot about them.”The lack of representation for Native and Indigenous people is a problem that persists not only in the tri-campus community, but in the country as well. However, some strides are being made towards inclusivity, specifically with the Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum held on Aug. 19 in Sioux City, Iowa. Boyd, and other students from NASAND, were able to attend the forum, which was the first of its kind to place focus on Native issues.Tags: Christopher Columbus murals, culture, Father Jenkins, Father Sorin, Heritage, Indigenous, NAI, NASAND, native, Native Americanlast_img read more

Radon Poster Winners

first_imgAs part of a poster contest conducted by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program, students from across the state created posters highlighting the dangers of radon, an odorless, colorless and flavorless radioactive gas that is present in some Georgia soils.Almost 200 posters were submitted to the state-level competition, and three were sent on to compete in the National Radon Poster Contest, sponsored by Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Kylie Jordan, a sixth-grader from Morrow, Georgia, won first place for her poster of a sci-fi-inspired radon cloud hovering over a neighborhood. Eliza Everson, an eighth-grader from Athens, Georgia, took home second place for her informative poster featuring a skull and cross bones and the question, “Have you tested your home?” Connor Allen, a seventh-grader from Athens, Georgia, won the third-place prize for a depiction of a large, ghostly radon cloud menacing a worried-looking house.The UGA Extension Radon Education Program celebrates student artwork through the Radon Awareness Poster Contest each January in honor of National Radon Action Month.In some areas, radon can seep through home foundations and into homes, making the air unsafe for residents. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.Radon can be extracted from homes, but only if families know they need remediation services. Radon testing is not done as part of the basic home inspections that homebuyers order when purchasing a home. Simple home radon tests are available from UGA Extension at local county Extension offices or by visiting www.UGAradon.org.This year’s state prizewinners were presented Visa gift cards provided by Kate Berlyoung from Alpha Home Inspections.All three winners will meet with Gov. Deal on Jan. 24 to show him their posters and thank him for his proclamation recognizing January as National Radon Action Month.last_img read more

Being Wrong Never Felt So Right

first_imgI’m wrong a lot. It comes with the territory of being a man, and subsequently, a husband and father. In those three roles, I’d say I’m batting a solid .176. Definitely not all star material. And I’m wrong about all kinds of things. The kind of bird that’s nesting in the tree in our front yard. What my kids want for dinner. What my wife wants to watch on Netflix. I could fill a book with the list of things that I’m constantly wrong about that would make War and Peace look like a commercial break. Probably the only subjects that I’m typically right about are ‘90s sitcom trivia and beer. I’m right about beer. Even if you disagree with me, I’m right.So I was kind of pissed when I took my first sip of Oskar Blues’ Passion Fruit Pinner and discovered that I was wrong yet again. You see, I love Pinner. That’s my go-to session beer at the moment. So I was pissed when Oskar Blues messed with one of my favorite beers by putting passion fruit in it. I’m not a beer purist by any means, but I’m getting a little worn out by all of the fruit that’s going into IPAs these days. A great IPA doesn’t need a dose of apricots or mandarin oranges or passion fruit. A great IPA is plenty fruity on its own.So I thought for sure I’d do my due diligence as a journalist, take a sip of this fruity beer and pour the rest on my herb garden (basil loves beer!). I think I even said to myself, “I’m not going to like this beer,” as I cracked open the can.And I’ll be damned if I wasn’t wrong again. I like this beer. A lot. There’s all kinds of fruity goodness going on with the nose and the sip is bursting with passion fruit flavor, but not in an annoying “look at me!” kind of way. The fruit works seamlessly with what Pinner already has going on. It’s as if Pinner and passion fruit were lovers, separated by war or economics or wild horses and are finally back together. This beer is fruity; it’s thirst quenching; it’s incredibly sessionable at 4.9%. I might even go so far as to say it’s better than the standard Pinner. Maybe.One thing’s for certain—being wrong never felt so right.last_img read more

Long Island St. Patrick’s Day Events & Festivities 2017

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York St. Patrick’s Day may come around once a year, but to many Long Islanders, one day of reveling is not nearly enough. Residents across Nassau and Suffolk counties will have the next week to enjoy the festivities, which includes local parades, performances, kid-friendly events and more!Here’s a quick rundown of some St. Patty’s Day parties and parades for you and your family to show your Irish pride, with additional related events and happenings to be added throughout the week:St. Patrick’s Day PartyThe celebration includes crafts, pizza, a green and gold coin hunt and more. $27 per child. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. March 17. Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarches from Hampton Bays Elementary School to the Hampton Atrium. 11 a.m. March 18 St. Patrick’s Day ParadeParade begins at Clarke Street at Washington Avenue to Ross Memorial Park. 1 p.m. March 18. Bangers and Mash GigEnjoy Celtic rock with some adult beverages as Bangers and Mash return to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Long Island. 6:30 p.m. Manning’s Irish Pub, Carle Place and 6:30 p.m. at The Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst.Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarches from Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue to St. Patrick’s Church. 12 p.m. March 19.Patchogue St. Patrick’s ParadeMarches down Main Street, featuring bagpipes, floats and marching units. 12 p.m. March 19. Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarches down Maple Avenue. 12 p.m. March 25.Montauk St. Patrick’s Day ParadeParade begins on Edgemere Road and then turns on to Main Street. 10 a.m. March 26.Related: Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events March 16 – 22last_img read more

GameSir X2 Type-C mobile gaming controller is great for playing eSports » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you like eSports, you’re going to love the GameSir X2 Type-C mobile gaming controller. This gaming gadget helps you in your race against time with its wired connection, which reduces the time needed for the device’s signals to reach your phone. So you’ll get minimized delay, which could give you the extra seconds you need to score that goal or touchdown. In fact, there’s almost no delay input, which keeps you—not your opponent—in control during the entire game. Furthermore, this mobile gaming controller features a patented moveable Type-C plug that adjusts up to 51º. This allows you to easily plug and unplug your smartphone without damaging it. What’s more, this device’s ultra-low power consumption means you can play for a long time without draining your phone’s battery. Finally, with its air cooling design and soft rubber grips, it’ll let you play comfortably for hours. – Advertisement –last_img read more