Watch Ween’s Rocking Performance At Okeechobee Festival

first_imgWeen continued their reunion tour of 2016 last night, playing a rockin’ brown set at the inaugural Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. Okeechobee marks the band’s fourth show since reuniting, after breaking up in early 2012. Just a few weeks after a three-night run at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, Ween hit the Florida festival in fine form, opening with “Buckingham Green” and jamming out hits like “The Mollusk,” “Spinal Meningitis,” “Transdermal Celebration,” and more. The set closed with a fun “Homo Rainbow,” leaving the Florida fans wanting more.Thanks to Courtney Riley/Boognish Monster 2, there’s full show video from this awesome show. Tune in below:Setlist: Ween at Okeechobee Festival, Okeechobee, FL – 3/6/16Set: Buckingham Green, Roses Are Free, Your Party, The Mollusk, The Stallion Pt 1, Gabrielle, Transitions, Bananas and Blow, Spinal Meningitis, Happy Colored Marbles, Transdermal Celebration, Take Me Away, Boys Club, The Grobe, Did You See Me, Touch My Tooter, You Fucked Up, Big Jilm, Homo Rainbow[Setlist via WEEN Appreciation Society]last_img read more

Multimedia immersion

first_imgThis boot camp did not require recruits to wake at dawn. There were no long, arduous runs and no drill instructors. And lunch was not your typical mess hall food.This was a different kind of boot camp, one designed to reflect the ever changing face of teaching and learning in the 21st century. Called Multimedia Authoring Boot Camp, it ran for six days over Wintersession, giving students and instructors an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the basic tools and concepts for creating an academic video short.“I have never used a camera to do an interview, or edited video, so I felt [that] if I enrolled in this session it would help me build skills I am going to need,” said Jack Zhou ’16.The boot camp classes, sponsored by Harvard College Library and hosted by Lamont Library, were part of Wintersession, a between-semesters opportunity for students and instructors to pursue artistic or creative passions, explore career interests, or join in recreational activities with friends.Participants in Multimedia Authoring Boot Camp saw it as a chance to develop their skills now — before classes, studying, and spring term are in full swing. The camp started with the basics of video and audio editing, and moved up to more-advanced skill-building. It included guidance on technical issues, best practices, and time-saving techniques, as well as discussions on content, style, and creativity. Free pizza was provided at lunch breaks.“There are just some things that are better when using audio instead of text, and there are some things that are better using video instead of text. Scholarship has been rooted in text for so long, but if audio and video are better, why not use them rather than text?” asked Paul Worster, multimedia librarian at Lamont.“I am here because I am interested in learning about all the resources that are available to us. I am excited about assigning more creative projects, but I felt that if I am going to do that then I had better become more familiar with the technology,” said Juliet Wagner, an instructor in history and literature.The boot camp grew out of the larger Expanding the Boundaries of Authorship initiative. Under this initiative, faculty and librarians are working to support the expanding boundaries of writing, teaching, and learning through digital media.“When people think about libraries they think about a collection of books, but libraries have always been collecting media. Not only is having these media resources important, but knowing how to access them is very important to scholarship,” said Martin Schreiner, head of maps, media, data, and government information at Lamont. “If you are looking for a piece of music, there can be many different authors and many different performances, which can make access a bit more complicated.”With the multimedia lab at Lamont open for just two years, the Wintersession boot camp was a way to further promote the support and resources that exist at the library.“I didn’t realize all of this was here,” said Zhou. “And not just the computers, I mean the people here who can help and support you.”last_img read more

Containing the sun

first_img The algorithm will see you now Related Getting from no nuclear to slow nuclear For decades, scientists have been trying to develop clean, limitless energy by re-creating the conditions at the center of the sun here on Earth. But if nuclear fusion is to be practical for electricity production, that immense, raging power must be controlled.“When the plasma in a fusion experiment becomes unstable, it can escape confinement and touch the wall of the machine, causing severe damage and sometimes even melting or vaporizing components,” said Julian Kates-Harbeck, a physics Ph.D. student and a Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellow. “If you could predict those escapes, or ‘disruptions,’ you could mitigate their effects and build in safety protocols that would cool the plasma down gently and keep it from damaging the machine.”In a new study published in Nature and led by the U.S. DOE’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Kates-Harbeck and his colleagues created a “deep learning” artificial intelligence (AI) code to successfully forecast disruptions in fusion reactors. The new method’s predictions can be applied across machines, making it a major step forward for international fusion energy initiatives.The harder they come, the harder they fallIn the sun, lighter elements are fused into heavier ones in the form of intensely hot plasma, which generates energy. To re-create fusion, scientists use a tokamak: a building-sized, donut-shaped machine that contains hot plasma using a powerful magnetic field.“Some of the biggest nuclear fusion machines in the field — hundreds of tons of solid steel — can jump a centimeter up in the air when a disruption happens,” said Kates-Harbeck. “That gives you an idea how much power is released. You really don’t want this to happen.”Disruption prediction is critical, because the bigger the machine, the bigger the disruption. In the $25 billion Iter tokamak currently under construction in France, disruptions are expected to be severe: The machine has more than eight times the volume and energy of the Joint European Torus (JET), the next-largest magnetically confined plasma physics experiment in operation, and less surface area to capture it.“We don’t have good strategies for completely avoiding these disruption events yet,” said Kates-Harbeck. “The best thing we can do is to predict when they are going to happen so we can avoid most of their adverse effects. That might be, for example, by injecting neutral gas that cools the plasma before it smashes into the wall. But you can’t mitigate anything if you don’t know it’s coming.”Summer researchKates-Harbeck worked at Princeton for a summer through his DOE fellowship. There, he teamed up with Bill Tang, principal research physicist at PPPL, professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton, and the senior author on the study. Tang was just starting a new project using machine learning to tackle disruption prediction. For Kates-Harbeck, it was the perfect combination.“My background is in physics and AI, so being able to combine both while working on a problem as meaningful as fusion energy — a topic I had always wanted to work on — was like hitting the jackpot,” he said. “People have been using classical machine learning on disruption prediction for years, but I’d just come out of my [computer science] master’s program and got really excited about applying deep learning to the problem. Bill was very open and supportive of the idea, and that’s how we got started.”Tang called artificial intelligence “the most intriguing area of scientific growth right now,” and said, “to marry it to fusion science is very exciting. We’ve accelerated the ability to predict with high accuracy the most dangerous challenge to clean fusion energy.”,Deep-learning AIMachine learning needs to be trained in order to learn. To train their code, the team used massive, diverse streams of measurement data from past experiments. Their new algorithm, the Fusion Recurrent Neural Network (FRNN), searches for patterns in the data that tend to occur before a disruption happens. FRNN learns these patterns, which allows it to make disruption forecasts.This is not the first study to apply AI to disruption prediction, but FRNN was based on deep learning, which made all the difference. Deep learning is a distinct field in AI that can handle much more complexity than other approaches.“Classical machine learning is good at analyzing simple sources of data, such as the average density or current in the plasma,” said Kates-Harbeck. “But we have access to data that is much more complex, like the temperature of electrons as a function of radius in the plasma. That’s high-dimensional data, and you need deep learning to make sense of it.”High-dimensional data may contain much more information about what is going on in the plasma. That is what allows the deep-learning algorithm to make predictions so much better than other AI methods.Given enough data, deep learning has a lot of generalization power; that is, what it learns in one structure can be applied in another. Generalization is critical for fusion prediction, where disruptions get worse in larger machines.Scaling upThe Iter nuclear fusion experiment is a collaboration between 35 countries. In the coming decades, scientists believe the plasmas in the reactor will move well beyond the energy break-even point — the moment when it releases at least as much energy as is required to heat it.At 23,000 tons and 150 million degrees Celsius, “Iter is going to be so big and powerful that it can’t afford more than a handful of disruptions in its entire lifetime,” said Kates-Harbeck. “But you need thousands of disruptions to train a machine-learning algorithm. That’s why we need to train on one machine that can afford the disruptions, and test the predictor on another.”Data for the study was provided by two facilities: the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, operated by General Atomics for the DOE in California, and JET in the U.K., managed by the EUROfusion consortium. The team showed that the FRNN code trained on the smaller DIII-D was able to generalize to the larger, much more powerful JET.This holds great promise for the code’s ability to forecast disruptions on Iter. Harvard analysts’ ‘tortoise’ approach urges design that anticipates shifts in demand “This research opens a promising new chapter in the effort to bring unlimited energy to Earth,” said PPPL Director Steve Cowley. “Artificial intelligence is exploding across the sciences and now it’s beginning to contribute to the worldwide quest for fusion power.”“This has been a really exciting first step,” said Kates-Harbeck, “but of course simply mitigating an oncoming disruption is a rather crude approach. Next, we’ll need to shift focus from predicting disruptions to actively controlling the plasma in the tokamak. The ultimate goal is to learn how to adjust the plasma to avoid disruptions in the first place.”Support for this work comes from the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program of the DOE Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration, Princeton University’s Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, and Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds that PPPL provides.Source article: Kates-Harbeck J, et al. (2019). Predicting disruptive instabilities in controlled fusion plasmas through deep learning. Nature (in press). Published online 17 April; DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1116-4 Symposium examines promise, hype of artificial intelligence in health care last_img read more

How to handle the investments of aging parents

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The best time to discuss a financial plan is before your parents’ cognitive abilities start to declineby: Kate StalterThere’s been plenty of attention on aging baby boomers and their lack of preparedness for retirement. However, boomers are also finding themselves in delicate situations when it comes to their parents’ finances. It’s not unusual for financial advisors and counselors to see elderly clients who no longer have the cognitive abilities to handle all aspects of their finances, including their investments.Vicki Van Horn is executive director of the New Mexico Project for Financial Literacy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She teaches a course in financial caregiving, providing families with strategies to help older relatives successfully manage their money. She says a common scenario is one in which a wife allows her husband to take care of all the couple’s financial matters. Over time, if his cognitive abilities become impaired, his wife and adult children may not recognize the signs.Van Horn cites the example of a friend whose father passed away, leaving his wife unaware that the house was in foreclosure and that he had maxed out seven credit cards. Although he suffered from dementia, his wife continued to let him control the couple’s finances.“An issue is that when people suffer cognitive decline, they become resistant. They become overconfident,” Van Horn says.At least one academic study has confirmed the problem of financial overconfidence among senior citizens. In November, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston University released a study called “The Causes and Consequences of Financial Fraud Among Older Americans.” The researchers found, among other things, that overconfidence regarding financial knowledge puts a person at greater risk of being victimized by financial fraud. The authors also cite earlier studies that show overconfidence to be a factor in poor investment decisions. continue reading »last_img read more

Amazon eyes blockchain

first_img continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Amazon Web Services (AWS) is rolling out two new solutions designed to enhance the transparency of corporate transactions for companies that have full audit requirements.An announcement Wednesday (November 28) said AWS is launching Amazon Quantum Ledger Database, as well as Amazon Managed Blockchain – solutions that Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy said are “something that a lot of companies need.”He spoke at the firm’s re:Invest conference on Wednesday, when the products were announced, separate reports in CNBC said.AWS’s Amazon QLDB solution is described as “a transparent, immutable and cryptographically verifiable ledger” for applications that need a way to secure transaction records. The solution is designed to strengthen the security and transparency of corporate transactions as they relate to finances, insurance, HR, supply chain or manufacturing, the company explained, pointing to the ability for a company to trace items as it moves through a supply chain as one potential application of the tool. The solution allows one entity to own the ledger, but allow other organizations to access the data on it.last_img read more

Kraninger beefs up CFPB advisory committees, including CU Council

first_imgReversing a decision made by her predecessor, CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger announced Thursday that she intends to increase the role that advisory boards—including the Credit Union Advisory Council—play in agency decision-making.“I’ve seen firsthand how the Bureau benefits from the valuable input provided by committee members,” Kraninger said. “I have also seen how the joint committee meeting is resulting in members sharpening their ideas by engaging in a thorough dialogue.”The advisory groups include the Consumer Advisory Board, Academic Research Council Community Bank Advisory Council, and the Credit Union Advisory Council.Mulvaney disbanded the previous credit union advisory panel and fired its members in June, causing a huge controversy. At the same time, he disbanded community bank and consumer advisory panels. Members of those panels had been appointed by former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, who was a much more aggressive regulator than Mulvaney. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

It’s time to buy cheap bluechip shares, say securities analysts

first_imgBluechip stocks on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) have lost hundreds of trillions of rupiah of their value as the share prices fell to a historic low level as investors dumped their shares during a recent market rout, the exchange’s data indicates.Between March 16 and 20, prices of most bluechip shares, also called big cap stocks, have fallen, such as Bank Central Asia Tbk (BCA) by13.99 percent, Telekomunikasi Indonesia Persero Tbk (Telkom) by 8.86 percent, Unilever Indonesia Tbk by 10.75 percent and PT Astra International Tbk by 17.65 percent.Within the same period, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the IDX, had declined by 10.57 percent. It saw its lowest point on Thursday at 4,105.42, the lowest seen since October 2015. This month alone, the JCI has lost 20 percent. “The JCI has dropped significantly during the past several days as investors are worried that COVID-19 would significantly reduce business activities in the country,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia’s head of research, Hariyanto Wijaya, wrote in his market commentary on Friday, explaining how the worry over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic was the main factor causing the market rout.If based on their performances since the start of the year, the fall in prices of bluechip shares reached more than 45 percent. BCA’s share price has dropped by 29.22 percent year-to-date (YTD), Telkom by 26.24 percent, Unilever Indonesia by 27.19 percent and Astra International by 45 percent.Read also: Indonesian stocks record first rally in week after series of suspensionsAnugerah Mega Investama director Hans Kwee wrote in a statement said that the price falls were more caused by negative sentiments resulting from noneconomic factors rather than by fundamental factors like their business performances. “The decision to buy and sell is often not based on fundamental factors. Investors often sold their shares following other investors’ actions and the market trend,” Hans wrote in an article in a column on Tuesday.Bluechip shares have suffered a great loss in their value more because of herd behavior than their fundamental condition, he said.According to the IDX 2019 annual statistics, BCA recorded a market capitalization of Rp 815.85 trillion at the end of 2019. As of Friday, its market capitalization stood at Rp 583.7 trillion, which means that its value went down by about Rp 232.15 trillion in the span of a few months.The majority of BCA shares, 54.94 percent of them, are owned by its subsidiary company, PT Dwimuria Investama Andalan, which is owned by the Hartono brothers, Robert Budi Hartono and Michael Bambang Hartono.Based on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Hartono brothers, who are among the top 150 of the world’s richest people, have lost a total of US$14.73 billion year-to-date, with BCA’s loss of trillions of rupiah contributing to their decline in wealth.Telkom’s market capitalization fell to Rp 285.30 trillion on Friday from Rp 393. 28 trillion at the end of 2019. As up to 52 percent of Telkom shares are owned by the government, it means the value of the government’s holdings in Telkomsel have dropped by Rp 111.98 trillion year to date.Read also: Rupiah at weakest since 1998 crisis as foreign investors pull out amid virus fearsOn the upside of the significant falls bluechip shares are experiencing, this provides investors with an opportunity to buy the stocks at low prices, as noted by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Sekuritas head of research Kim Kwie Sjamsudin.“I think this is the time to start buying bluechip stocks because I think the valuation is attractive,” Kim told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Mandiri Investasi deputy chief information officer Aldo Perkasa also explained during his keynote speech in an event earlier this month that the current market condition was attractive for investors to start their “building position”.“If we are talking about mid-to-long-term investment, it is an attractive level to start accumulating [stocks],” Aldo said, adding that today’s investors would have to “embrace that volatility has become part of investment these days”.On Friday, Indonesian stocks rallied upward for the first time in the past week and several bluechip stocks had entered the green zone, while others stayed in the red.Unilever Indonesia rose 10.18 percent from the previous trading day to Rp 6,225, while Astra International slid 2.07 percent to Rp 3,780 at the closing of Friday’s trading. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

Chicago jail reports 450 coronavirus cases among staff, inmates

first_img“Sheriff’s officers and county medical professionals are aggressively working round-the-clock to combat the unprecedented global coronavirus pandemic,” the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement on Thursday.Those measures include opening an off-site 500-bed “quarantine and care facility” for prisoners, an effort to move as many inmates as possible from double to single cells, and the opening of a testing site at the jail.”Front line” staff members were being checked for fever at the start of each shift and issued protective equipment if they interact with inmates, according to the sheriff’s department.Across the United States more than 16,600 people have died from COVID-19 and 463,000 positive cases have been confirmed, despite unprecedented “stay-at-home” orders in most states. Some 450 inmates and staff have tested positive for coronavirus at Chicago’s largest jail, county corrections officials said on Thursday, representing one of the nation’s largest outbreaks of the respiratory illness at a single site so far in the pandemic.The surge of cases at Cook County Jail marks the latest flare-up of COVID-19 at jails and prisons in major cities across the United States, where detainees often live in close quarters.The situation gained national attention earlier this week when inmates posted handmade signs pleading for help in the windows of their cells overlooking a public street. In Monroe, Washington, inmates at a minimum-security prison vandalized the facility in a protest on Wednesday evening after officials announced that six prisoners had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Washington state’s Department of Corrections. State and local police and corrections officers quelled the disturbance at the prison 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Seattle using pepper spray, sting balls and rubber pellets, the corrections department said.Despite evidence that the spread of the illness has slowed in the larger US population, a Reuters investigation found that prisons and local lockups have reported an accelerating spread of COVID-19 and have taken a varied approach to protecting the inmates in their charge.Thousands of inmates are being released from detention, in some cases with little or no medical screening to determine if they may be infected by the coronavirus and at risk of spreading it into the community, Reuters found.US Attorney General William Barr declared on Friday that the federal Bureau of Prisons was facing emergency conditions that had prompted the agency to begin releasing more inmates out of custody and into home confinement.Topics :last_img read more

Weekly Update: Touting Economic Development, Supporting Small Business and Job Creation, Urging the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

first_imgWeekly Update: Touting Economic Development, Supporting Small Business and Job Creation, Urging the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Frances and I helped out at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in York this morning – always great to lend a hand in our community.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 10, 2017 August 11, 2017 The President’s commission has laid out a robust & reasonable plan. I urge @POTUS to move swiftly to get these recommendations into action.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 8, 2017 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img The Blog, Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf visited the Almono-Hazelwood Mill 19 site and toured Hazelwood Business District in Pittsburgh. The Almono site is a massive revitalization project in the Hazelwood district that has been made possible with significant state support.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf was in Erie to tour Logistics Plus, Inc., a supply chain management company that announced its plans last month to expand and create new jobs in the City of Erie.Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority had approved low-interest loans to support seven small business projects across the Commonwealth. On Thursday, the governor announced that COE Distributing will be expanding and consolidating its operations in Fayette County, a move that will create new jobs in the area.On Tuesday, Governor Wolf urged the Trump administration to heed the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. “The President’s commission has laid out a robust and reasonable plan for the federal government to be a better partner with states on combating the heroin and opioid crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “I urge President Trump to move swiftly to get these recommendations into action.”Governor Wolf’s Week, August 6 – August 12, 2017Monday, 8/7/17Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Low-Interest Loans to Support Seven Small Business ProjectsGovernor Wolf Touts Economic Opportunities of Almono Site and Hazelwood Business DistrictTuesday, 8/8/17Governor Wolf Urges President Trump to Heed Opioid Commission’s RecommendationsWednesday, 8/9/17On ‘Jobs That Pay Tour, Governor Wolf Visits Logistics Plus Inc.Governor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie RegionThursday, 8/10/17Governor Wolf Announces COE Distributing to Expand, Moving Operations from Out of State to Fayette CountyHighlights from TwitterDog tethering laws are changing later this month, thanks to the bipartisan efforts to overhaul our animal protection statutes.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 10, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Two-year wait on unique pole homes

first_img MORE: Inside the city’s most luxurious apartment projects One-of-a-kind house sold for a record pre-auction 6 Jake Court, Bonogin.The striking design is the work of Gold Coast builder Paul Tidmarsh, of PT Pole Homes, whose distinctive pole homes are highly regarded in Bonogin. The Jake Court residence is the twentieth pole home Mr Tidmarsh has built on the Gold Coast in 15 years, with up to 15 of those in Mudgeeraba Forest. The pole-style home provided a practical and economical solution for the sloping 4327 sqm block, with the elevated, lightweight timber construction eliminating the need for a concrete slab.“To put a 640 sqm house on a sloping block on a slab would be a crazy cost,” said Mr Tidmarsh, who “married into” building pole homes by learning the ropes from father-in-law Jeff Dray. 6 Jake Court, Bonogin.There’s currently a two-year wait for a PT Pole home, with each project taking up to eight months to complete. Materials were moved uphill by hand to the Jake Court site, with raw finishes such as Western red cedar cladding, Southern Beech flooring, an extra long Blackbutt kitchen benchtop and corrugated iron ceilings adding to the rustic appeal of the home. “The good thing about the tin is that once you put it up you don’t have to paint it or maintain it down the track,” Mr Tidmarsh said. “It also ties the inside with the outside.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago 6 Jake Court, Bonogin.The project was commissioned by LJ Hooker Robina Group director David Manby and wife Blanche, who purchased the block in April 2019 with a view to building. It’s the second pole home project the Manbys have completed in Mudgeeraba Forest, with a five-bedroom residence at 31 Beau Parade sold in May last year. LJ Hooker Property Hub agents Roberto Scartozzi and Lisa Psaras are leading the campaign to auction on 13 September. 6 Jake Court, Bonogin.Ms Psaras said the concept of an inner-city acreage was highly appealing.“You’re still within 15 minutes from everything in Bonogin – schools, shopping centres, hospital and the M1,” she said.“You’ve then got that hinterland treescape experience. Everybody who has been through the property is blown away by the scope of the home and the setting.” 6 Jake Court, Bonogin.Imagine waking up every day inside your own hinterland hotel. A space where the chatter of native birds is the first sound you hear upon waking while the hum of cicadas takes over as the sun descends behind the trees. Nestled in Mudgeeraba Forest, the inner city acreage known as Carinya is the closest thing to a year-round holiday in the hills. 6 Jake Court, Bonogin.The newly constructed residence has all the appeal of a hotel-style retreat — a spacious master suite enjoys privacy and peace in one wing while at the opposite end, two junior suites and a guest bedroom each have their own ensuites and leafy green views. Open plan living, dining and kitchen zones occupy the heart the home, flowing freely onto expansive timber decks where the surrounding forest makes it feel like your own private sanctuary. Short campaigns hold the heat in the auction arenalast_img read more