This Band Made A Hilarious Space-Themed Music Video For $50 Using Only Duct Tape And Sheer Force Of Will

first_imgIn March, the New England-based quartet Primate Fiasco released their latest album Massachusetts Winter, a fittingly eccentric album for a band consisting primarily of tuba, tenor banjo, accordion, and drums. Primate Fiasco started as an acoustic street band, and the spontaneity of their origins shines through in their music. It’s also clear after listening to them for a track or two that the group basks in the bizarre, with a fairly fearless sound that steals inspiration from across a great range of genres while still remaining uniquely them.Today, on this high holy day, we’re revisiting Primate Fiasco’s music video for “Astronauts,” a hilarious low-budget project that shows the band as astronauts launching into outer space, placing a flag down on the moon, and meeting some new extraterrestrial friends along the way. With the entirety of the video created over the course of a day and the total cost ringing in at around $50 dollars, Primate Fiasco’s video for “Astronauts” is a campy masterpiece that needs to be appreciated. “The song itself is more about socialism vs capitalism than about space, but the space race played such a pivotal role in the cold war, I let that show a little,” says Dave Russo, resident banjo player for Primate Fiasco, though for the music video, he notes, “We wanted to keep a low-budget homemade aesthetic in order to look like a childish astronaut pipe-dream.”And achieve this aesthetic they did, creating a perfectly ludicrous space adventure for about $50 and a day of their time. Russo spoke on how they cut down costs for the video: “We used the same camera equipment that we already owned for shooting concerts and shot the entire thing in our jam space and in a neighborhood parking lot right after a snow storm. Props were pretty much cardboard and duct tape. We originally had more realistic costumes and props underway, but thought they looked too real and decided to scale it down for both comical and conceptual qualities.” He also notes, “It’s fun to know that the smoke in the launch scene was from the same bong that is weightlessly floating around the cockpit later in the video.”You can enjoy Primate Fiasco’s music video for “Astronaut” below, or get high and spacey with them in person when they hit The Acoustic in Bridgeport, CT on Friday or American Beauty in NYC on Saturday. You can also check out their website for more information and additional tour dates on their website here.last_img read more

A break to explore

first_imgMost folks don’t spend much time contemplating the computer mouse. It’s just another piece of technology that takes up desk space, and what little attention it gets usually comes when it breaks.A handful of Harvard graduate students, postdocs, and staffers, however, now have a new respect for the engineering behind the lowly mouse, because they built one from scratch.As part of the fifth annual January@GSAS, a series of more than 100 classes, seminars, and training sessions offered to students in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences during semester break, a workshop introduced participants to the many uses of Arduino microcontrollers, through a project in which they built and programmed working computer mice.“It was a pleasant surprise to find workshops like this being held,” said Alp Sipahigil, a fourth-year graduate student in physics, who attended the session who attended the session at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I knew about Arduino devices, and had been looking for a chance to try them out, so this was a great chance to learn how they work in a short amount of time.”The January offerings are designed to give students a chance to escape the lab or the library and spend time exploring subjects that might not otherwise appear in a Harvard course catalog, from the biology of superheroes to the connection between neuroscience and magic. Some programs offer opportunities for professional development and social interaction.Along with workshops aimed at developing technological skills, the GSAS partnered with the Office of Career Services to highlight professional development programs, including sessions on making the transition to a nonacademic career and expanding professional networks using online social media tools.For Yasmine Meroz, a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of L. Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, the workshop proved both fun and an important opportunity to learn skills she can use in the lab.As part of a study examining plants and phototaxis, the phenomenon in which plants grow in the direction of a light source, Meroz plans to use an Arduino controller to manipulate light sources around plants.“I’m a theoretician, so this is something I never thought I would do, ever,” she said. “This is a great opportunity because this is exactly what I need to know for the experiment. Otherwise, I would need to learn it all by myself, and it would take ages. This is perfect. I think for any experimentalist of any kind, understanding how microcontrollers work … it’s like having a computer. You can do anything with it.”Among the other events offered to students this month was a forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that explored ways to develop innovative assessment techniques in the classroom.In a session led by Gary Sherman, a research fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching, participants reviewed various grading techniques — including absolute grading, grading on a curve, and pass/fail — and the advantages or disadvantages each offered.Among the newest grading models is multi-choice assessment, an idea Sherman described as a “choose-your-own-adventure” model for students. Rather than simply taking tests or writing papers, students have the ability to pick and choose from a menu of assignments, and are awarded points for completing each. Their grade is then calculated based on the number of points they amass.“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to these questions,” Sherman said. “Our goal here is to give you the tools you can use in your toolbox.”For Shane Campbell-Staton, who led a class titled “The Biology of Superheroes: Exploring the Limits of Form and Function,” the monthlong break was an opportunity to explore how his childhood passion for comic books and superheroes intersects with cutting-edge biology.“As I’ve gone through academia and gained an in-depth understanding of biology, I’ve been thinking about comic books and the extreme phenotypes that exist there — things like super strength or super speed — and I realized they bring up a number of issues that scientists are thinking in depth about,” he said. “Whether or not you’re into comic books, people love superheroes, so I thought that would be a good grounding point to pull people into the scientific literature.”For Sipahigil, the depth and breadth of activities in January are part of what makes Harvard special.“It’s amazing,” he said. “I hope these activities continue to grow. The variety of courses is already very impressive, but it’s getting better and better each year.”last_img read more

Globe team tells story behind race in Boston stories

first_imgIs Boston racist? That’s the simplest version of the question discussed Monday at the Kennedy School by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race, and public policy, and a group of Boston Globe spotlight team journalists whose December series examining race in Boston was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting.But as the Globe team quickly noted, the report sought to reveal the complex reality behind that question — and the challenges that lie ahead.The series of seven articles, gathered under the heading “Boston. Racism. Image. Reality,” uncovered uncomfortable truths underlying nearly all aspects of life in the greater metropolitan area, and compared Boston both with other cities and with its own past.Boston is the whitest of the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas, the Globe reported. And while many Bostonians would like to think the city’s reputation is strictly a product of the ’70s busing era and its episodes of virulent racism, reality is more damning. The Seaport District, the city’s newest area of major development, has been built with more than $18 billion in public funds, yet it remains one of the whitest areas of the city, from its construction workers and contractors up through its business owners and new residents.The Globe team of editor Patricia Wen, columnist Adrian Walker, and reporter Todd Wallack were invited to HKS by an anti-racism student coalition not only to elaborate on these findings, but also to discuss the impetus behind the series and explore its repercussions. Spotlight members Akilah Johnson and Nicole Dungca joined the 90-minute conversation.,The series, Wen explained, was prompted by comments in the national media. Comedian Michael Che’s crack about the Super Bowl, in which he referred to Boston as the “most racist city in America,” was only the latest.“We weren’t sure if it was image or reality,” said Wen. “Is it just an image problem, with busing so calcified in people’s memory? Or are we not really different and we deserve the extremely bad reputation that we have? That’s what made us plunge into data.”The paper assembled a racially diverse team to tackle the subject.“This is not representative of the Globe,” Wen said. “But we felt it was important.” (The Globe’s newsroom is about 7 percent African-American, said Wallack.)The result: “tense, frank moments where we went back and forth with language and tone — what to leave in and what to cut out,” said Johnson. Even the headline was roundly debated. Although some top editors wanted “Is Boston Racist?,” the reporters doing the work successfully argued against the idea as superficial, with the potential to attract derision that would distract from their findings.Muhammad asked the journalists what surprised them in their findings.Walker, whose columns often address issues of race, noted gaps between “How we think of ourselves and the reality,” adding: “Everything was a bit worse than we thought it would be.” Wallack agreed. “The absence of people of color in so many communities was even more extreme than I realized.”,The scope of the findings stood out. “One of the powerful points of the series is that you are presented with so much data that you can’t say, ‘Oh, black people just don’t work hard enough to get into this university,’” said Johnson, adding that the series looked at 25 universities. “That represents systems that are actively keeping people out. Keeping people from engaging in a meaningful way.”The team discussed what this disparity means in terms of the city’s overall success. Hospitals have trouble luring talented doctors who aren’t white, for example, and law firms can’t recruit top African-American attorneys. “We’re leaving money on the table,” said Wallack.Despite the apparent lack of progress, the journalists noted, there has been change.“The percentage of black people in the city of Boston hasn’t changed much, but you have more people here who come from somewhere else, and a large percentage of people who are Latino or Asian,” said Wen.  “I’ve been really impressed with how people seem eager and ready for a more candid discussion.”“It used to be when you wrote about race, people would go crazy,” said Walker. “Now only some people go crazy. That has been heartening.”The challenge, the team agreed, lies in how willing Bostonians are to make changes — including financial investments — to create a more diverse city.  In a way, the city’s sense of itself as a bastion of education and liberal thought plays against real and lasting growth, cautioned Muhammad, citing “the arrogance of liberals who always think they’re on the right side of history.”“Liberal racism,” agreed Wen. “That is at the core of the Boston problem.”last_img read more

Israel opens embassy in UAE, expanding new relations

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates. The move follows last year’s U.S.-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the embassy would be in a temporary office while a permanent location is prepared. Eitan Na’eh, a veteran Israeli diplomat, will serve as the head of mission. The UAE was the first of four Arab countries to establish or renew ties with Israel under a series of agreements brokered by the Trump administration.last_img read more

The Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia sent an Open Letter to the Supervisory Board of Jadran dd

first_imgToday, the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia sent an Open Letter to the President of the Supervisory Board of Jadran dd Crikvenica, which we are transmitting in its entirety.” At the time when it was known and publicly announced on the CERP website that the pension funds PBZ Croatia osiguranje and ERSTE PLAVI had made a binding offer for the purchase of shares in Jadran dd; when it was known that their offered price was almost 6 million higher than the initial established price; that in the binding offer the bidders, ie pension funds undertook, in accordance with the invitation, to recapitalize in the amount of HRK 200 million within 6 months from the day of concluding the Agreement on sale and transfer of shares, the Supervisory Board of Jadran dd whose president you are based on the Decision of UV CERP, and based on the proposal of the Ministry of Tourism CLASS: 334-05 / 17-05 / 8, Reg. No .: 529-04-18-7 of 19 January 2018, unanimously appointed Peru as the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Matić, and Marija Galjanić Sovar as a member of the Management Board.And it would not be worrying if the Contracts with the new Management were not concluded for 4 years and if, at least it is speculated, millions in severance pay were not agreed in case of early termination of such Contracts. We believed that there was an agreement between the current and future owners of Jadran dd, ie between the Ministry of State Property, ie the Ministry of Tourism and Pension Funds, which submitted binding offers. However, at the request of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia from 15.02. 2018, which was sent to the Minister of State Property Goran Marić and representatives of pension funds who made a binding offer to Mr. Dubravko Štimac and Mr. Petar Vlaić, representatives of pension funds responded for the second day “that it is in their interest that when they take possession of shares in very soon to establish an appropriate management structure of the Adriatic “, and that they have already sent you, as the President of the Supervisory Board, a letter” to take everything necessary to convene the Assembly of the Company as soon as possible to set up a new Supervisory Board “, and the appointment of a new Supervisory Board does not assume any obligations or undertake activities that could have consequences for the future operations of the Company, other than those necessary for day-to-day operations ”. It was emphasized that they mean “activities in the field of human resources, taking on future obligations to suppliers and the like.”The Minister of State Property, Mr. Goran Marić, is implementing everything he announced earlier regarding the privatization of Jadran dd, saying that the privatization of Jadran is going on despite strong pressures, and according to media reports, his ministry has nothing to do with the scandalous appointments of the new Adriatic Administration. sales company. We as a Union have no reason not to believe his words.Is it possible that you then on your own initiative, without strict written instructions from the owner’s representatives, appointed a new Adriatic Administration for 4 years? Is it possible that the stories that you signed contracts with them are true, in which millions in severance pay are agreed in the event of early termination of the contract? Because, if that is the case, then we have the right to suspect that this is an organized undertaking with the aim of extracting millions from severance pay at the expense of Jadran dd, and then SIKD will call the State Attorney’s Office and Uskok to reconsider.Mr. Basic,Have you informed the Management Board of Jadran dd about the requests of the new owners that any Decisions, except those based on daily operations, are not acceptable? We ask because the new Management Board appoints new people to various positions, changes the organization of the Company, and with its actions and Decisions creates new obligations to the Adriatic, which could ultimately lead to a decrease in the value of the Company.You are the most relevant person along with other members of the Supervisory Board who currently represent the current owner of Jadran dd and as such, the most responsible person for all activities carried out in Jadran dd, so we will, in case of obligations to the Company, which could affect the position of employees Jadrana dd to request that you be liable for the incurred liabilities (which include possible severance pay) as members of the Supervisory Board with your assets.With respect,President of SIKD, Bruno Bulić  “last_img read more

Arsene Wenger backs Sadio Mane to win Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk

first_imgAdvertisement Sadio Mane is in the running to win the Ballon d’Or (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Sadio Mane deserves to win the Ballon d’Or ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and team-mate Virgil van Dijk.Messi is bidding to win the prize for the sixth time this autumn and his greatest challenger was expected to be van Dijk, who helped transform Liverpool into Champions League winners following his £75m arrival from Southampton 18 months earlier.However, Wenger believes that Mane should be in the frame. The Senegal international finished as the Premier League’s joint-top scorer last term alongside team-mate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – a feat that is all the more impressive when you consider Mane does not take penalties.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd Wenger believes Mane is deserving of the award as he was the ‘outstanding’ player in Liverpool’s Champions League-winning side.ADVERTISEMENTArsene Wenger names his 2019 #BallonDor winner!Thanks to @arsenesgame for their question. #AskArsene #beINWenger pic.twitter.com/bb5GlTlGlS— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) October 18, 2019Asked who should win the award, Wenger told BeIN Sports: ‘Mane was the outstanding character.‘I would say – because he is a fighter… and efficient. He’s not scared of anybody. At the moment, he deserves huge credit.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLiverpool will be hoping Mane is at his very best as the Reds bid to match a Premier League record against arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday.Jurgen Klopp’s men can make it 18 wins on the bounce with a victory against the Red Devils and they’re overwhelming favourites to do so.MORE: Man Utd legend Paul Scholes names Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp as the two best managers in the world Arsene Wenger backs Sadio Mane to win Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Virgil van Dijk Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 18 Oct 2019 11:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Joins Legislative Black Caucus, Community Members at Clean Slate Event

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 02, 2019 Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf will join members of the Legislative Black Caucus later today as it hosts a community event on how to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s new Clean Slate law to erase barriers to homeownership, college admission, and job opportunities by sealing past arrests or criminal records. The event runs from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Community Empowerment Association, 7120 Kelly St., Pittsburgh. Gov. Wolf will speak to attendees at 5 p.m.“Since taking office, I’ve aggressively pursued reforming our criminal justice system because it benefits everyone,” Gov. Wolf said. “Society does not benefit when it’s paying for mass incarceration. Reentrants do not benefit when they’re not given the opportunity to be productive members of society. Families do not benefit when one member can’t be a breadwinner because of a mistake made decades earlier.“The Clean Slate bill tackles some of the issues that excluded people with the ability to work from the workforce and I’m really grateful to the Legislative Black Caucus for organizing this event to help as many people as possible avail themselves of this new law.”Event participants include Duquesne Law, PennDOT, The Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Clerk of Courts Office, as well as members of the Legislative Black Caucus.“Last year we passed the clean slate law, and it is already having a positive impact on individuals and our communities,” Rep. Ed Gainey said. “People make mistakes. We know this. This law gives folks who made mistakes a chance to succeed without the stigma of a minor conviction dragging them down. It is a privilege to have Gov. Wolf join us and help people get the second chance they deserve.”“Once a resident of Pennsylvania has done what was asked of them by a judge, there’s no reason that those with minor, nonviolent crimes should have the specter of that crime follow them and negatively impact their life as they try to get on the right track,” Rep. Stephen Kinsey said. “Clean slate has the potential to open countless doors that previously were slammed shut and locked for those individuals with criminal records. Allowing returning citizens this opportunity will benefit our state as a whole.”“Clean slate legislation was championed in broad, bipartisan fashion with Pennsylvanians’ best interests in mind,” Rep. Jordan Harris said. “Nobody wants to be judged by their worst day for the rest of their life. Those who have paid their debt to society need to have access to housing, economic and educational opportunities so they can continue down the right path in life. Clean slate is another step that provides them an opportunity which can lead to generational change for their family.”Pennsylvania was the first state to pass Clean Slate legislation. Since the law went into effect in late December, Community Legal Services, which is offering free legal service to people seeking to avail themselves of this program, indicated more than 8,000 people have reached out statewide for help; 1,500 of them in western Pennsylvania.Clean Slate expands criminal record sealing to include more types of offenses, including some first-degree misdemeanors, which can be sealed by filing petitions.Clean Slate also creates an automated computer process to seal arrests that did not result in convictions within 60 days, summary convictions after 10 years, and some second and third-degree misdemeanor convictions if there are no subsequent misdemeanor or felony convictions for a period of 10 years after the time of conviction.Once a record is sealed under Clean Slate, it can generally only be viewed by law enforcement entities (e.g. police, district attorneys, courts, etc.), employers who are required to consider records under federal law, and employers that use FBI background checks.Most employers, landlords, schools, and the general public will not have access to sealed records. But, unlike expunged records, sealed records are not destroyed.People started filing petitions to seal their records under Clean Slate on Dec. 26, 2018. Automatic sealing goes into effect June 28. More information is available at MyCleanStatePA.com.“Thank you to the Legislative Black Caucus for organizing this event, which will help guide applicants through the process of exploring Clean Slate,” Gov. Wolf said. “I promise that I will continue to look at meaningful criminal justice reform to ensure all Pennsylvanians have a chance to move forward with their lives.”center_img Gov. Wolf Joins Legislative Black Caucus, Community Members at Clean Slate Eventlast_img read more

Interest brewing in coffee king Di Bella’s original New Farm home

first_imgPhillip and Gianna Di Bella at Di Bella Coffee in Bowen Hills. Picture: Annette Dew“It was actually my first home when I was single,” Mrs Di Bella said.“When we were married, we lived there for a few years. I bought it as it had a beautiful courtyard and it was very safe and secure as there are internal steps to the garage. $230,000 refund in mortgage fees Piece of history set to pay off Muscle flexed in mega home sale Coffee king Phillip Di Bella is selling his Brisbane townhouse. Picture: Alex Coppel.A HUMBLE brick townhouse is where it all began for coffee king Phillip Di Bella and his wife, Gianna. The two-bedroom property at 2/578 Lower Bowen Tce, New Farm, is where the couple lived 15 years ago when they started their coffee roasting empire.But now they’ve decided to close that chapter and reluctantly put the property up for sale. This is the townhouse Phillip Di Bella lived in when he started his coffee roasting empire. Picture supplied by Ray White.“This is a genuine opportunity to buy a split-level home right in the middle of Brisbane’s most sought after suburb,” Mr Lyne said.“This is your chance to purchase the perfect house alternative without the associated price tag.”The property will be auctioned through Ray White New Farm on August 19. The view from Brisbane coffee king Phillip Di Bella’s New Farm townhouse. Picture supplied by Ray White.“I love it, and I’d like to see it go to a young person who will love it like I did.”Di Bella Coffee began as a small coffee roasting operation in Brisbane in 2002 and has steadily grown from there.Ray White New Farm agent Tom Lyne said townhouses were in high demand as affordable alternatives to houses in the heart of New Farm. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Brisbane coffee king Phillip Di Bella is selling his New Farm townhouse. Picture supplied by Ray WhiteMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“So it is a bit emotional for me to be selling but the time is right.”The Di Bellas never roasted any beans there, but they did bag a lot of coffee in the garage. “When we were starting out we did the New Farm markets on a Saturday and Phillip used to drive the truck down with the coffee kart at 4am and I would join him later,” Mrs Di Bella said.last_img read more

Hawkeye in line to be GLT provider

first_img The system is understood to have been recommended as the preferred option to a meeting of the 20 top-flight clubs. A German system, GoalControl, has also been under consideration after submitting a tender. If the recommendation is accepted it means Hawkeye’s camera-based system will be in place at Premier League grounds and Wembley Stadium from next season. Press Association Hawkeye, which was sold to technology giant Sony two years ago, already provides systems for tennis and cricket. The Premier League provided seed money to help Hawkeye develop a goal-line technology system back in 2007, but there is no longer a formal relationship with the company. League chiefs made their recommendation based on both cost and ease of implementation and use. Earlier this month FIFA chose GoalControl, which is also a camera-based system, for the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June and next year’s World Cup finals. Two other systems, also German, have also been licensed by FIFA but they both use magnetic sensors rather than cameras. Former Arsenal and FA vice-chairman David Dein, who has long campaigned for goal-line technology, claimed every top-flight referee in England was in favour of having a system. He said at the Soccerex conference in Manchester: “The Premier League will be the first league in Europe to introduce it. I have been on this campaign for six or seven years and now it’s going to happen. The referees need help, the camera will always beat the eye, and every referee in the Premier League is in favour of it.” center_img British-based firm Hawkeye is expected to be named as the provider of goal-line technology for the Premier League later today.last_img read more

French sports minister says the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland has been postponed

first_imgFrench sports minister says the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland has been postponed Associated Press March 9, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPARIS (AP) — French sports minister says the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland has been postponed.last_img