Vulfpeck Premieres “Christmas In L.A.” Instrumental Music Video

first_imgPerhaps one of the catchiest songs to come out of Vulfpeck is “Christmas in L.A.” The instrumental version came out in 2014 on the band’s Fugue record, and they released the song again with lyrics on their 2015 Thrill of the Arts. Today, they premiere a music video for the instrumental version – and it’s as glorious as ever. The video sees the funk quartet in their natural habitat, with each character cut out and “vulfified” in a moving, grooving frame. Enjoy!In discussing the songwriting process of Vulfpeck, Theo Katzman once told us: “Then, for “Christmas in L.A.”, we had an instrumental, and Jack was like, “I’m hearing like na-na-nana-nana-da-da-da-dee-dada-da Christmas!” and I remember being like, “Aw man, that’s just like a steady stream of 16th notes. That’s just so many words. I don’t know if I can do that. Whatever.” Then I forgot about it and it came to me one day, and I was like, “All the little children and all the big children, it’s Christmas!”last_img read more

The king of ‘absolutely irrational’

first_imgDraping fabric across a raging river in Colorado, installing thousands of blue and yellow umbrellas in Japan and California simultaneously, and erecting a monument of 410,000 oil barrels in the desert near Abu Dhabi — each complex undertaking took years of planning and millions of dollars to complete, only to be displayed and then dismantled in mere weeks, never to be seen again.“All of our projects are absolutely irrational with no justification to exist. Nobody needs a running fence or surrounded islands,” said Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, 81, the Bulgarian-born artist known as Christo.Perhaps the world’s best known and most prolific creator of major public art, Christo discussed the evolution of three recent works during a talk at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Thursday evening. “They are created because Jeanne-Claude and I have this unstoppable urge to create. They are made for us first, not the public,” he said in crediting his wife and lifelong creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009.“The reason we don’t like the projects to stay is no one can charge for tickets, no one can buy this project. It is freedom. Freedom is the enemy of possession and possession is permanence,” said Christo, later adding, “People like to go to see something they’ll never see again.”His most recent project is “The Floating Piers,” a two-mile-long, 50-foot-wide pedestrian “street” of yellow fabric stretched across Lake Iseo, a deep glacial pool in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy. It was open to the public from June 18 to July 3. About 80,000 people visited each day to experience what many described as walking on water.The creation showed the complexity of such projects. The piers were constructed with 220,000 small, custom-made cubes, some filled with water, others not, that were eventually connected. To keep the structure in place, 195 anchors weighing 5½ tons were floated onto the site in airbags and then installed underwater by deep-water divers. To get permission from the Italian government, the project’s engineering first had to be checked to make sure it was sound, which required months of secret tests on a lake in Bulgaria.Tying together all of the projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude is a “borrowing” of public spaces in their natural condition to create “a gentle disturbance” for a brief period that people must visit to experience. The creations are not contemplative like museum pieces, but physical and sensorial.“Jeanne-Claude used to say, ‘Everyone can have a good idea. The most important thing is to do it.’”Artist Christo discusses his “absolutely irrational” installations, as well two upcoming projects: “Over the River,” on the Arkansas River in Colorado, and “The Mastaba,” in the United Arab Emirates. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThough generally known as a sculptor, Christo has long been an important figure for professionals working in architecture, landscaping, urbanism, public art, and engineering, noted Krzysztof Wodiczko, professor in residence of art, design, and the public domain at GSD.“I believe that there is something utopian about their work,” Wodiczko said. He said that while some people dismiss the idea of utopia as fantasy, Christo’s work reflects a “concrete utopia” that “reaches forward toward real, possible future. It carries educated hope and is surrounded by militant optimism.”The work is also rooted in the sublime, in a kind of “aesthetic euphoria” when a visitor’s emotions are suspended and the mind is so consumed by the subject at hand that it can’t entertain anything else, and where the experience of the work supersedes its form, Wodiczko added.The often deceptively simple premises of Christo’s creations — extending a ribbon of fabric across hilly farmland in Northern California (“Running Fence,” 1974) or swaddling the German Parliament building in silver polypropylene (“Wrapped Reichstag,” 1995) — belie the long, stunningly intricate processes of design, production, and permitting required to bring them to fruition.“Running Fence,” for example, a 24½-mile-long, 16-foot-high fabric fence, took 42 months of preparation, 166,000 meters of white nylon fabric, more than 13,000 steel posts, and 19 miles of steel cables. Christo appeared at hearings 72 times to explain the project to state and court officials, who turned him down three times before relenting. He had to individually contract with 59 farmer-landowners who feared damage to their property and crops, provide a 265-page environmental impact report to the state, hire 360 people to install and display the work and monitor traffic during its brief exhibition, and form a company to sell his artwork in order to raise the $3 million needed to self-finance the project.“Wrapped Reichstag,” in the planning stage since 1971, was rejected three times during the late 1970s and ’80s before Germany’s Parliament approved it over the objections of then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl.Asked what most excites him about starting a project, Christo was quick to clear up a common misconception.“The color of the fabric or the object is not the work of art. One umbrella is not the work of art. One gate is not the work of art,” he said, referencing past projects “The Umbrellas” (1991) and “The Gates” (2005). He said that “7,503 gates in Central Park … in the winter day with the leafless branches of the trees, with the snow, with the sun, with the wind, with the skyline: All this is the work of art.”Each project has two phases, a “software period” and a “hardware period,” he said of his brainstorming and conceptual and then testing, fabrication, and installation phases.“That software period really is the force of the project, the energy, the power” of the works. “This is why we never do the same things again. Each project is a total and new life experience,” a journey to take once and then move on.Christo touched on the complications he has faced to complete two works still underway, “The Mastaba,” the massive sculpture in Abu Dhabi that’s been in the works since the 1970s, and “Over the River,” a project he and Jeanne-Claude began planning in 1996 that involves running miles of fabric across the Arkansas River, a popular rafting site in Colorado, at eight locations across 40 miles.The Herculean challenges that must be overcome for each project are rarely discouraging. “Because I’m a very optimistic person, I think everything will work out,” said Christo. “I know we live in difficult times, but if I’m not an optimist, I would never do this work.”SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Transgender job fair aims to help integrate trans people into workforce

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto transgender woman is holding a job fair geared toward transgender and gender-nonconforming people to try to spark systemic change in the Canadian workforce.Biko Beauttah, who came to Canada as a refugee from Kenya 11 years ago, says transgender people often struggle to find work in conventional jobs and turn to things like drug dealing and the sex trade.She started Trans Workforce, an organization that is setting up next week’s job fair and supports the transgender community in Toronto. After multiple attempts to set up the job fair, Beauttah said she was able to set up the event with help from LGBTQ community groups.“The idea came around based on my lived experience and my inability to find work despite having nine years of post-secondary education,” said Beauttah, a transgender woman who identifies as female.“The continued marginalization of trans people, you can see it with how we’re not represented in the corporate structure … we’re not given enough options,” said Beauttah.The absence of transgender people in the general workforce is something Beauttah sees as one of the major unresolved issues in the LGBTQ rights movement.Beauttah said there will be around 15 employers at the job fair, which will take place on Nov. 20. Some potential employers include the Canadian Armed Forces, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Indigo.As more companies began to show their interest in the fair, Beauttah said that picking employers who actively wanted to normalize the presence of trans people in their workforce was an important factor.A Facebook event page for the group shows more than 200 people are either interested in the event or plan to attend.While Beauttah hopes that events like these will catch on in other cities, she also said that the transgender and gender-nonconforming community could soon reach a point where they don’t need to rely on her organization.“I hope there comes a time when Trans Workforce isn’t really needed because people will be hiring people because of their skill and talent, and not based on their gender,” said Beauttah.last_img read more

Kinder Morgan pushes back planned spending on Trans Mountain expansion project

first_imgCALGARY – Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) says it is still not in a position to start significant construction on the Trans Mountain expansion project and expects spending on the project for at least part of next year to focus mostly on permitting.In its 2018 guidance, the company said it expects existing assets including its existing Trans Mountain pipeline and its rail and storage facilities to perform well, but is concerned about permit delays at its $7.4-billion pipeline expansion project.The company has filed motions with the National Energy Board to resolve delays related to Burnaby, B.C., with oral arguments heard at the regulator’s headquarters Monday.Kinder Morgan Canada says it can’t commit to major construction spending until it has more clarity on key permits, approvals and the judicial review, and that the project is potentially already delayed nine months due mostly to challenges with the regulatory process.The company says that it expects to lose about $75 million in earnings before certain deductions for every month the in-service date is pushed back.Kinder Morgan Canada said if uncertainty on permitting stretches further into 2018 then it would reduce spending accordingly, pushing the start-up date beyond September 2020 and potentially threatening the viability of the project itself.last_img read more

France investigating Apples secret slowdown of old iPhones

first_imgPARIS – French authorities have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its iPhones, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.The preliminary probe was opened last week over alleged “deception and planned obsolescence” of some Apple products, the office said. It is led by the French body in charge of fraud control, which is part of the finance ministry.It follows a legal complaint filed in December by a French consumer rights group whose aim is to stop the intentional obsolescence of goods by companies.In France it is illegal to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product in order to encourage customers replace it. A 2015 law makes that a crime, with penalties of up to two years in prison and fines of up to 5 per cent of the company’s annual turnover.Apple apologized in December for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a move it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue. As part of its contrition, Apple is now offering to replace the batteries on older iPhones for $29, a $50 discount from the usual price.But Apple also has denied the slowdown of the older phones is a ploy designed to spur sales of newer models. “We have never — and would never — do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” the company said on its website.Apple France didn’t respond to email and phone requests for comment on the latest legal developments in France from The Associated Press.Lawsuits against the company have also been filed in the U.S. and Israel.Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi believes Apple’s throttling of older iPhones is helping to extend the devices’ lives by enabling to take advantage of the new features in the company’s free software updates each year.The company’s choice boiled down to “let the phone just run at full speed and kill the prematurely aged batteries or slow down the phone so the battery would last longer,” Milanesi wrote in a recent analysis.The French consumer rights group, called HOP, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 27. Its statement claims Apple slowed down older smartphones in order to make clients buy the new iPhone 8, which was launched on the market around the same time.Benchmark tests have suggested the slowdown isn’t huge, but noticeable. Although Apple has said that’s done to prevent iPhones from unexpectedly shutting down because of weak batteries, lawsuits filed against Apple say that its failure to disclose that right away could have led some people to wrongly conclude they needed a newer, faster phone rather than just a new battery.Laetitia Vasseur, the director of HOP, said studies have showed that peaks in speed reductions match the releases of new phones on the market.“We can see that there is an intention to have people buy new phones because of the speed reduction,” she told the AP.Vasseur said her group launched a survey following its complaint so that users can report problems they have faced. In 10 days, HOP has received more than 3,000 reports that will be handed over to the DGCCRF, the government fraud watchdog in charge of the investigation, she said.Vasseur said she hopes that the consequences globally could be to go toward more sustainable and durable products “for all manufacturers that won’t want to face the same kind of scandal.”A similar investigation targeting Japanese printer-maker Epson was opened in November, also following a complaint by HOP.The Epson probe, was launched by another prosecutor’s office, in Nanterre outside Paris, is related to some of its ink cartridges and printers’ spare parts. It was the first legal action ever for planned obsolescence and deception in France, HOP said in a statement.Epson has denied any wrongdoing, saying that planned obsolescence is not part of the company’s policy.In the French legal system, preliminary investigations are launched and led by prosecutors’ offices. Such probes can last weeks or months. When they’re over, prosecutors can either decide to drop the cases or to send them to investigating judges for full investigations. Judges, in turn, can also dismiss the cases, due to lack of evidence for instance, or send them to courts for trial. In these cases, the whole process may last months or even years.Since Epson and Apple cases are the first legal actions for planned obsolescence in France, there hasn’t been case law yet on possible penalties, fines or damages awarded by courts under this particular offence.Any fine imposed on Apple would probably hurt its pride more than its pocketbook. The company has accumulated nearly $270 billion in cash from its sales of iPhones and other products.___Alex Turnbull in Paris and AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to the reportlast_img read more

No north-south divide in content anymore: ”Badla” actor Tony Luke

first_imgMumbai: Malayalam actor Tony Luke says the fact that his performance in his Hindi debut “Badla” was well-received reflects there is no divide between talent from north and south. Tony made his acting debut in 2016 with the Malayalam movie “Oozham” and has since featured in three more films in south film industry. “Today an actor has a future in the film industry because content rules. The North and South have come together. Now it’s about Indian content versus the global, not North and South,” Tony told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “There are people like Karan Johar and Rajamouli coming together, to make truly Indian cinema and the times are only going to change for the better,” he added. Tony said when the project came his way, he was initially reluctant to audition as he felt there was “no chance” he would make it. “I thought my Hindi is bad, because I’m from the South so I didn’t even believe I could be a part of it, until Sujoy met me and said ‘you’re the boy.’ Sujoy decided to place me as an actor and I’m grateful for that. There’s no heavy pressure on me to be a star,” he said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary The actor said he feels “blessed” that he bagged the thriller, where his biggest takeaway was learning from megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “If someone told me last year that I would be a part of a big film such as this, I would’ve laughed it off. To be on the set and watch Mr Bachchan perform is surreal. As an actor, you take away so much just by observing him and imbibing his energy.” Going forward, Tony said, if everything falls in place, he will be soon seen in an international web series.last_img read more

For second time in less than a year, portion of Hero Chowk flyover caves in

first_imgGurugram: In less than a year for the second time, the portion of Hero Chowk flyover which has been made operational just one- and a half years ago caved in.Earlier in June 2018, the part of recently built flyover at the Delhi-Jaipur highway came out all of a sudden six months before it was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana. The situation had resulted in the heavy traffic jam for the office goers in the morning that continued for more than six hours. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIt is estimated that more than eighty thousand vehicles use the flyover daily for going to Udyog Vihar-6, Manesar and Jaipur. There are also a large number of commercial vehicles that use the flyover for the transportation of goods. To prevent the widening of the cracks the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has closed the portion for traffic coming from the Jaipur side so that the maintenance works can be undertaken. Meanwhile, the officials have filled up cracks temporarily so that the vehicles can move along the route. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe state of art of flyover was completed that was built at an approximate cost of Rs 200 crore. The construction of the flyover had brought in a lot of laurels for the engineers, contractors and the public officials as it was completed well before its deadline. The flyover was a plan of revamping the Delhi-Jaipur highway where the NHAI and the Haryana government has invested Rs 1,400 crores in recent years to build various flyovers and underpasses along the busy route. Controversies began to emanate soon after the commuters started using the flyover as there were reports of materials coming out on various occasions. This is not for the first time when issues of construction flaws have been raised in various underpasses and flyovers that have come up at the Delhi-Jaipur expressway. Earlier concerns were raised of the widening gap at the IFFCO Chowk flyover. The matter was however resolved after a senior NHAI official public issued a statement that there was no matter of concern and the flyover was safe for usage. Public agencies in Gurugram however faced immense criticism after the roof of underpasses at Rajiv Chowk and Signature towers collapsed during a dust storm in April 2018.last_img read more

Monsoon may hit Kerala three days after normal onset date

first_imgNew Delhi: Monsoon is likely to arrive in Kerala on June 4, three days after its normal onset date, marking the official commencement of the rainy season in the country, private weather forecaster Skymet said Tuesday.The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1. Skymet said monsoon will be “below normal” in the country with a Long Period Average (LPA) of 93 per cent and an error margin of five per cent. “Arrival of monsoon over Andaman and Nicobar Islands will be on May 22, with an error margin of plus/minus 2 days. Southwest Monsoon 2019 is likely to make onset over Kerala on June 4, with an error margin of plus/minus 2 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”It seems that initial advancement of monsoon over peninsular India is going to be slow,” Skymet CEO Jatin Singh said. “All the four regions are going to witness lesser than normal rainfall, this season. Rainfall in East and Northeast India and central parts will be poorer than Northwest India and South Peninsula,” Singh said. According to Skymet, there are 55 per cent chances of a below-normal rainfall, which will have an influence of El Nino, a phenomenon linked to the heating of Pacific waters. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenEast and Northeast India will get 92 per cent of the LPA which falls under the below normal category. The risk remains high for Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, while it will be marginal for Northeast India, Skymet said. Northwest India that comprises all north Indian states will receive 96 per cent rainfall of the LPA, which falls on the borderline of normal and below normal rainfall category. Hilly states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are likely to perform better than the plains of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi- NCR, the Skymet said. Central India is likely to receive rainfall of 91 per cent of the LPA. Rainfall in Vidarbha, Marathwada, west Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat will be “poorer than normal”.last_img read more

Commentary Even without game could be deciding weekend for Ohio State football

Oregon senior wide receiver Josh Huff (1) dives for the end zone during a game against Washington Oct. 12 at Husky Stadium. Oregon won, 45-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs we head into the 11th week of the college football season, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State football team is facing what is perhaps the most important weekend of its season — despite the fact that the Buckeyes aren’t even playing.Next weekend, OSU will aim to get healthy and stay refreshed for the home stretch of the season with just three regular season games remaining.But although making sure players like sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker and junior linebacker Curtis Grant are fully healthy is vital to the Buckeyes’ success for the rest of the year, that isn’t what makes this weekend so important.In week 11, there are two top-10 matchups, and another game that might be arguably more intriguing.Thursday No. 6 Baylor (7-0, 4-0) is set to host No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Later that night, No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is set to travel to Stanford, Calif., to take on the No. 5 Cardinal (7-1, 5-1).Saturday, No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) is set to take on No. 13 LSU (7-2, 3-2) at 8 p.m.If the Buckeyes want to have any shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, they have to hope one or more of the undefeated teams fall this weekend.At the moment, OSU is waiting to see if two of the top three teams will fall by the end of the year in hopes of making a push for the title.Each of these three marquee matchups will prove a test for the higher ranked teams involved.Baylor, historically, struggles mightily against the Sooners, only having one win to their name in 22 tries. The one win did come the last time that Oklahoma visited Waco, Texas, in 2011, but that was when the Bears had eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to lead the way.The Crimson Tide, who have already beaten two ranked teams this year, have also struggled in recent years against their opponent this weekend. Since 2003, Alabama is 4-7 against LSU, including going 1-4 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where this year’s game will be played.Although the Tide have won the previous two matchups with the Tigers, including a 21-0 victory in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, it remains to be seen if they can rise above their struggles against LSU.Then there’s Oregon.In 2012, the then-No. 2 Ducks were 10-0 in early November and looked to be on their way to a shot at the national championship. However, Stanford had different plans, with the then-No. 13 Cardinal beating the Ducks, 17-14, in overtime and dashing any title hopes Oregon had.It is always said November is the most important month in college football, with many teams facing the meat of their conference schedule. Last season alone, three of the teams that were ranked in the top five in the BCS standings entering week 11 lost, including both Alabama and Oregon.This weekend is vital to the Buckeyes national title aspirations. OSU has been doing its part by winning all of its games so far, but unless something can happen in the next couple of weekends, the Buckeyes will be on the outside looking in for the national championship.So if a few top teams fall this weekend, the Buckeyes could come out big winners ­— even on a weekend in which they don’t play. read more

Pochettino loves House of Cards

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur manager loves the Netflix TV series and compares what happens in the show to what happens in footballTalking just before Tuesday’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV Eindhoven, Spurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino believes football is sometimes like House of Cards.The Netflix TV series is famously known for its crude shown of politics.“It’s a weird season but I look so happy now because the new season of House of Cards has started,” Pochettino told ESPN.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Yesterday I watched three episodes.”“I learn a lot from this series. I recommend it. I think it represents very well sometimes how we are. Sometimes football is so political, and it’s going in this direction,” he added.“Which character am I? I don’t know, it’s difficult to say. It’s dangerous to say this or this one. It’s fiction but it can translate to many businesses.”last_img read more