David Byrne To Release ‘True Stories’ Complete Soundtrack For First Time Ever

first_imgToday, David Byrne has announced that he will release the complete soundtrack to his 1986 foray into feature filmmaking, True Stories, for the first time ever. In addition to Byrne, True Stories stars John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Spalding Grey, Annie McEnroe, and more. True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will be released on Friday, November 23rd, via Nonesuch Records.David Byrne starred in and directed the film, which is based on real stories from tabloid newspapers. He once described the film as being “like 60 Minutes on acid.” Predominantly comprised of music by Byrne’s band, Talking Heads, several songs from the film went on to be featured in the Talking Heads album of the same name, which was released later that same year. Byrne also went on to release Sounds From True Stories: Music For Activities Freaks, which features a small selection of cast recordings from the film alongside several instrumental tracks.The forthcoming True Stories, A Film By David Byrne: The Complete Soundtrack will mark the first time the music from True Stories will be released as it appears in the film. As Byrne notes in a tweet about the coming release, “I always imagined that the music written for True Stories should be heard as it is in the film. It makes the most sense this way.”The complete True Stories soundtrack will feature 23 songs from the acclaimed film, collected in one package in film sequence. The complete soundtrack set includes cast performances of “People Like Us” by John Goodman and “Dream Operator” by Annie McEnroe, among many others.David Byrne True Stories Complete Soundtrack Announcement Video[Video: David Byrne]To find out more information on David Byrne’s upcoming release of the complete True Stories soundtrack, or to pre-order the album, you can head over to his website here.last_img read more

Ruth Simmons to deliver principal address at Harvard celebration for Class of 2021

first_imgRuth Simmons, Ph.D. ’73, president of Prairie View A&M University, president emerita of both Brown University and Smith College, and one of the nation’s foremost leaders in higher education, will be the principal speaker at Harvard’s celebration of the Class of 2021 on Thursday, May 27.“I am delighted to announce that Ruth Simmons will deliver our principal address,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow in a message to the Harvard community today in which he announced the virtual celebration, calling her “among America’s foremost advocates for higher education.”“Having led a women’s college, an Ivy League research university, and a historically Black university, she has a unique perspective on how very different types of institutions contribute to the fabric of our nation” said Bacow. “She has also defended with great passion the possibility of improving our society by learning from our differences. I very much look forward to hearing her remarks later this year.”A native of Grapeland, Texas, and the 12th child of sharecroppers, Simmons began her career in academia with a scholarship to Dillard University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1967. She then continued on to Harvard, where she earned her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures in 1973.After several years teaching as a professor of French at the University of New Orleans, Simmons entered university administration, and went on to serve in various academic leadership and faculty roles at California State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College.In July 1995 she was chosen to be the ninth president of Smith College. During her groundbreaking tenure there, she focused on expanding access and breaking down academic barriers, perhaps most notably by establishing the first engineering program at a women’s college in the U.S.Her six-year tenure at Smith ended in 2001, when she was appointed the 18th president of Brown University, and the first African American to lead an Ivy League institution. She was beloved by the Brown community, and her time there was marked by an expansion of need-blind undergraduate financial aid, faculty expansion, enhanced curricula, and new facilities.Simmons also helped Brown begin to grapple with its historical connection to slavery and the slave trade, establishing the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. In her charge to the group, she asked that they “organize academic events and activities that might help the nation and the Brown community think deeply, seriously, and rigorously about the questions raised,” acknowledging also that the University’s history has given it “a special obligation and a special opportunity to provide thoughtful inquiry.” Today, the committee’s report continues to serve as a blueprint for other institutions reckoning with their own histories of injustice.Simmons left Brown in 2012 for what she thought was her retirement from leading institutions of higher education. That changed in 2018, when she accepted the presidency of Prairie View A&M University in her native Texas. In taking the reins of the historically Black college, Simmons saw another opportunity to continue opening doors for a new generation, just as Dillard had done for her in 1963.“How could I turn away from doing for other young people what was done for me?” she said during her inaugural address at Prairie View A&M.Simmons’ work toward equal educational opportunity also continues outside of the halls of Prairie View. In 2018, she testified on Harvard’s behalf in a lawsuit challenging Harvard College’s right to consider race as one among many factors in the admissions process.“The beauty of higher education in this country is that it’s very differentiated. We have women’s colleges. We have male colleges, very few, but we have some. We have African American institutions. We have religious institutions. And then we have great research universities like Harvard,” she said in an interview with the Gazette about the lawsuit. “Preserving the flexibility of institutions to create these classes, with very different students coming together, learning from each other, intensifying the environment for learning, both in and outside the classroom, preparing for leadership, is critical.”Over half a century of distinguished service in higher education, Simmons has received many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 1997, she received the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University. In 2013, she was named Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest decoration bestowed by the French government.Bacow also announced today that the Harvard community once more would gather virtually in May to award degrees, due to public health and safety concerns related to the ongoing COVID pandemic.“The delay of our Commencement Exercises for two years running is deeply disappointing, but public health and safety must continue to take precedence,” wrote Bacow. “Though circumstances may well improve by spring, it takes months of planning to prepare for our usual festivities, which draw to campus and to Cambridge thousands of people from around the world. Right now, the risk posed by that possibility is too great, but please know that one day we will welcome the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 back to campus for an unforgettable — and unforgettably joyous — Commencement.”Past Commencement speakers have included Washington Post executive editor Martin “Marty” Baron, the late Civil Rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, entrepreneur and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, and Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Simmons will be the sixth president of another university to deliver the address.last_img read more

IT Architecture Building Blocks for Artificial Intelligence Prototypes

first_imgAbout a year ago I wrote a blog on the emergence of Artificial Intelligence in the enterprise. Since then we’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers and types of organizations starting to use AI to unlock the value in their data. Indeed, we are in the midst of a continuing deluge of data so it’s no surprise that AI/DL initiatives are kicking off across all sectors of our economy.This is great news, as the technology has matured immensely and the costs to entry have lowered. However, there are a number of steps to be considered as you look to start your AI journey in a sandbox environment. And because it can be a complex undertaking there are lots of questions too. The most important one being “where to start?”The first step is the planning phase. A couple months back I was talking with a customer from the manufacturing sector who wanted to bring a more data-driven approach to their business. The business leaders were concerned that they were falling behind industry competitors in the digital transformation race. The business needed to quickly build and accelerate a data first strategy and he was eager to get going. So, they setup an AI focus group to consider ways to incorporate Machine Learning and Deep Learning into their business lines. The group had executive sponsorship and met monthly over a year however the effort stalled before moving to production. Although the project began with a plan and intent the teams were stymied by the sheer number of available use cases and technology options. At this point they were reaching out to Dell Technologies as an experienced partner, one with a broad and deep solutions portfolio, to move the Proof of Concept (POC) along. Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence  The customer had the right idea with an internal cross functional team focused on AI, aka an AI Center of Excellence. To be successful the team should be comprised of lines of business leaders, developers, engineers, data architects, data scientists and IT staff. In my experience having a diversity of skills and perspectives from different areas of the business, along with executive sponsorship, is key to success. The executive sponsorship is extremely important because you need someone with budget and the authority to make decisions along the way. Once the foundation is laid the team must consider the use cases. They should be both quantifiable and time bound, perhaps reachable in three to six months. As an example, for manufacturing the team might identify a use case to reduce unscheduled machine maintenance by 15 percent. Reducing unscheduled maintenance would save millions by lowering machine down times and reducing energy costs. Another use case might be to reduce defects on the assembly line by 3 percent, which would also have a positive revenue impact.Focused Deep Learning Proof of ConceptNow that our AI Center of Excellence team has their use case it’s time to scope out a proof of concept. To level set expectations, moving from AI idea to production can be intimidating but that’s why experiments are conducted. Just as scientists build experiments to test their hypotheses the business uses prototypes or POCs to test their AI ideas and algorithms. However just because the prototype phase is seen as an experiment doesn’t mean that IT Architecture best practices should not be followed. In fact, it’s just the opposite. By focusing the prototype build-out with production in mind organizations can more quickly transition from sandbox to monetization. Many successful organizations use their POCs to deploy critical foundational elements that will scale. It makes no sense running a POC that takes years to successfully implement. More so, if you’ve deployed a solid IT foundation it’s easier to replicate another one when new use cases and models arise.In the prototype phase architecture plays a critical role. By building a prototype environment with the same building blocks as the scaled-out production environment you will accelerate the time to monetization for each model. However, AI workloads can be tricky. Here are a couple rules they tend to follow. First, our digital world provides an unlimited amount of data points so much so that AI applications must scale with the demand for unstructured data (Petabyte Scale). Second time is an essential factor necessary to answer your AI question so accelerated compute is a must. Therefore, while your solution may start small you need an architecture that can process unstructured data quickly and scale to keep up with the growing unstructured datasets.Entry Level AI Solution Beginning an AI journey is challenging from a business perspective, but the technology doesn’t have to be so. As a proof point we just published a reference architecture for an entry-level AI solution. It includes the world’s most powerful workstation, the Dell Precision 7920 Data Science Workstation, which provides ultimate performance and scalability to grow alongside your AI initiatives and data. It’s coupled with Dell EMC Isilon scale-out NAS  to give data science teams the ability to share massive amounts of data while providing high performance, reliability and seamless access from multiple operating systems. And without the need for costly and time-consuming data migration as you move to production. Dell EMC Isilon hybrid storage platforms, powered by the OneFS operating system, use a highly versatile yet simple scale-out storage architecture to speed access to massive amounts of data, while dramatically reducing cost and complexity. The hybrid storage platforms, such as the H400 used here, are highly flexible and strike the balance between large capacity and high-performance storage to provide support for a broad range of enterprise file workloads. The H400 delivers up to 3 GB/s bandwidth per chassis and provides capacity options ranging from 120 TB to 720 TB per chassis.Your journey to AI can take many paths. Choosing the one that begins with a solid plan, use cases and an affordable yet scalable AI prototype is the best route to success. Let Dell Technologies help you navigate: the Entry Level AI Solution referenced here is a great way to get started and to grow.If you want to learn more then please see the Dell Precision Data Science Workstation with Isilon H400 whitepaper. You’ll find the complete reference architecture with reproducible benchmark methodology, hardware and software configuration, sizing guidance and performance measurement tools.last_img read more

07 New fruit trees

first_imgThe new Attapulgus fruits are Sunsplash nectarine and WhiteRobin, Gulfking, Gulfcrest and Gulfprince peaches. Apricotvarieties are being developed, too. Plant breeders hope to have acommercial variety in about 10 years.The breeders’ emphasis is on the early season, so fruit farmerscan harvest for a better market window. But the peach andnectarine varieties are excellent for both home and commercialorchards.They’re a good fit in the home garden because early-ripeningvarieties require much less spraying for bugs and blight thanmid- and late-season varieties.Fewer spraysFor early-season peaches, sprays of an insecticide-fungicidecombination when the flower petals drop off and about 10 dayslater will often be all you need in your home orchard. It may notgive you picture-perfect fruit, but most home gardeners can livewith that.You may need another fungicide spray for brown rot close toharvest, a peach tree borer spray in September and two oil spraysfor scale during the winter.See your University of Georgia Extension office for a moredetailed spray guide, prepared by the UGA fruit insect anddisease specialists.The new fruit varieties come from a cooperative peach andnectarine breeding program between the U.S. Department ofAgriculture, University of Florida and UGA.Breeders’ resultsBreeders from those institutions have been developing new peachesand nectarines since 1991. While their work benefits homegardeners, the project’s aim is to benefit the agriculturaleconomy of south Georgia and north Florida. The results so far:Sunsplash nectarine blooms in lateFebruary and ripens inmid-May. It produces a sweet fruit of medium size.White Robin peach blooms in lateFebruary and ripens in mid-May.It bears a sweet, white-flesh peach with melting flesh. It’srecommended for home gardens, local sales and distant shippingwith careful handling.Gulfking peach blooms in mid tolate February and ripens in earlyMay. It has yellow, nonmelting (firm flesh) fruit with red skinand good flavor and size for a very early-season peach. It’srecommended for both home garden and commercial orchards.Gulfcrest peach is similar toGulfking, but blooms and ripensabout a week later. It has more red in the flesh and is slightlysmaller.Gulfprince blooms in mid to lateFebruary and ripens in late Mayand early June. It has high yields of medium-large, yellow,nonmelting-flesh fruit with a red-blushed skin color. It’srecommended only for home garden and local sales, not for distantshipping.The nonmelting-flesh peaches we’ve tested are excellent for homecanning and freezing, since the flesh is much firmer thanmelting-flesh types. We think the finished product looks muchbetter, too.Most people like the nonmelting-flesh texture as fresh fruit, butsome prefer the melting type. Besides the fruit, the beautifulpink flowers of these peaches are a real treat.To get these varieties, see your local nursery, or call theFlorida Seed Foundation at (850) 594-4721 for a list of nurseries.(Gerard Krewer is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) By Gerard KrewerUniversity of GeorgiaNew peach and nectarine varieties from Attapulgus, Ga., areadapted to the mild winters and humid summers of south Georgiaand north Florida. They may make life easier in home orchards. Volume XXXNumber 1Page 7last_img read more

Camera Gear to Help You Capture the Perfect Outdoor Moments

first_imgYears of experience and a pocket full of cash are no longer necessary for taking and sharing stellar photos and videos of your outdoor moments. For those looking to branch out a bit from the generic selfies and snapchats on smartphones, here are a few different ways to get quality images to commemorate  memories made outside.With smartphones being a widely owned product, cameras as well as their features have improved, making it possible to shoot sweet nature pictures and even action shots. There is much more that can be achieved with simple and inexpensive phone add ons.Cell phone tripods can secure your phone in one spot for an extended amount of time. Doing this in just the right spot could capture gorgeous time lapses from start to finish sunsets to inches of snow appearing to fall in just seconds. Beyond time lapses, certain mini tripods are made from a flexible material that gives you the versatility to attach it to hanging tree limbs and other non flat surfaces. This way, you can set it up in nearly any environment, set a timer, and get in position for a masterpiece. When hiking, biking, or doing any other recreational activity, there is no guarantee that you will have someone else passing through when the perfect photo op occurs. For just $5-10, you can take one of these lightweight, small to pack tripods along with you to ensure you have a way to capture any moment in any environment.External smartphone lenses are small, yet effective in advancing the capabilities of your tiny smartphone camera. Additional lenses come in a variety of effects such as wide angle, magna, and fish-eye lenses. With a small plastic clip-on, these lenses get positioned right on top of your existing camera lens to make your photos more dynamic, close up, or zoomed even farther out to perhaps get a photo of a larger landscape. Waterproof cameras are a great resource to have if you want to take underwater footage or if you plan on taking photos while out paddling and you don’t want to risk your cell phone getting wet. Waterproof cameras range from convenient store disposable ones around $10 to the more expensive options of a handheld digital camera or GoPro. GoPros can seem daunting to buy when you are looking at their retail price in-store and for the latest model. Luckily, there are plenty of apps and online avenues to buy used or older generations of the camera. With newest generations costing around $400, it is possible to find one for $100 or just under if you search for used options. Don’t be too intimidated by putting a little money into your photography experience as waterproof cameras will prove to be worth it as they take incredible shots in any type of environment or weather conditions, are lightweight, and like with GoPro, you have the ability to use mounts to attach it to the front of a SUP board, a whitewater kayak, on top of a snowboard, on helmets of climbers, and many more options.DSLR Cameras are on the pricier end of the photography spectrum, but yield some of the best results in the field. Made from well-known brands like Nikon, Cannon, and Sony these cameras are a bit heavier to cary, don’t have a waterproof capacity, but give photo enthusiasts a platform to line up the perfect shot from a variety of zoom lenses to snap quick and high definition photos on a wide variety of adventures. Experienced photographers tend to shoot with DSLRs as they have many different adjustments such lighting, focus, and shutter speed.From the lens of a smartphone to the twisting of a monster zoom lens, outdoor photography does not have to be complicated or past your price point to be better and more advanced. Next time you plan an adventure, think about the scenery and environment and what equipment could maximize the potential of your photography.last_img read more

US Trains Mexican Marines in Drug War

first_imgBy Dialogo December 07, 2010 The United States is supplying intelligence and crucial training to elite units of Mexican marines who are engaged in an operation against drug cartels, The Washington Post reported. Citing unnamed diplomats and law enforcement officials, the newspaper said the effort includes more information-sharing and training than previously known. A wave of suspected drug-related violence has left more than 28,000 dead across Mexico since 2006, according to official figures. More than 2,700 people have been killed this year alone in Ciudad Juarez, a city of some 1.3 million. More than 50 killings in the border city in the past two years were of US citizens. The US assistance has enabled the Mexican marines to carry out the kind of rapid-strike operations undertaken by US forces against Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, the report said. Based in the US embassy in Mexico City and in consulates along the US-Mexican border, for example in Matamoros, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration deliver “intelligence packages” about the location of drug bosses to the Mexican marines, The Post said. The marines then go into action, sometimes capturing, sometimes killing their targets in spectacular urban firefights often within hours, the paper noted. Mexican officials deny that the US military is training Mexican marines, and the Pentagon declines to discuss the training, The Post said. But US officials and recently leaked diplomatic cables confirm that the US military is conducting urban-combat and counterinsurgency instruction in Mexico and the United States, the report pointed out.last_img read more

Call it what you will, but your credit union is the PFM

first_imgTo be very honest, I do not know where the term personal financial management (PFM) came from. Nor do I know why some companies are labeled PFM companies. From my point of view, personal financial management is something that people do, personally, to manage their  finances.  To say that a banking technology company is a “PFM vendor”, seems short sighted, because in my mind, the ultimate PFM provider is a credit union, not a vendor. At the core of any credit union is the desire to provide the member with solutions and resources that allow for sound financial management. Yes, it’s personal.There are fintech companies that focus heavily on leveraging technology to enhance the online banking experience using data, product and experience to build an environment that provides users more financial tools and relevance. Some of these companies partner with core and online banking providers with strong integrations, with the intent of differentiating their platforms and making them more robust, across all channels. I believe they also have a goal to empower credit unions to do more with data so the credit unions themselves, can compete and live up to their promise of being financial advocates. You can not be a financial advocate unless you actively provide a variety of financial management solutions. “Great” loan rates and a free checking, don’t make your credit union a financial advocate; they make it a commodity.The financial services industry is starting to come to the realization that in order to survive, they must open their architectures. This is putting healthy pressure on core providers to review and enhance their digital ecosystems. Not too long ago, many argued that neobanks would holistically disrupt existing banking models. Perhaps this was an awakening, but the demise of the banking industry is not likely to happen soon. What is happening, is that banks and bank technology providers are increasing innovation and enriching services by using other organizations’ technology or platforms, via solutions such as APIs. All improves a credit union’s ability to be the ultimate personal financial manager of their member households.So-called PFM providers or vendors, at least those that integrate with retail banking platforms, have morphed into financial technology providers that specialize in data collection, analysis, management and usage, with the intent of helping you, the credit unions, provide richer personal financial experiences. Budgeting tools, graphs and the sorts, are not going to you drive your success and help you grow your credit union, unless you approach things from a broader strategic position. You’re going to need data and must find better ways to leverage it, to better predict member needs, while supporting the age old notion that convenience and accessibility remain of paramount importance to the member experience. Digital banking is ripe for disruption and finally evolving as more tools are added, better data leveraged and mobile coming to the strategic forefront.Some Fintech companies, a couple of which had their roots in SaaS consumer budgeting solutions, are now digital financial management providers, working closely with online banking providers and cores to evolve the member experience so you can become the preferred financial provider and the ultimate personal financial manager. They are bringing data-driven user experiences to digital banking and empowering you to compete in new and exciting ways so you can truly become your members financial advocate.I’m no fan of the acronyms (like PFM, PFE) used today, so I’ll end with this. Credit union members need online or digital financial management and online banking is morphing into just this. This shift will help your credit union in many ways, the least of which is to become the true personal financial manager your members want and need. 41SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: https://www.strategycorps.com Detailslast_img read more

Status quo is not an option: An interview with Gary Vaynerchuk

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Upon meeting Gary Vaynerchuk in person for the first time at this year’s Financial Brand Forum, I was immediately struck by his energy, enthusiasm and gratitude. Having followed Gary on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other channels, this wasn’t a complete surprise, but you need to see him in person to realize that his level of engagement and passion for what he does and communicates is no act for social media. He is a huge believer in the value of hard work, testing new ideas, helping others succeed and disrupting oneself.He is also a social marketing machine, continuously on his smartphone, generating a never-ending barrage of great content of video, audio, and blog material every day. At the Financial Brand Forum, he even had his personal videographer with him, capturing every moment of the day for future distribution. Despite his amazingly busy schedule, however, he never is too busy to engage with one of his fans — who, like me, are somewhat awestruck by his message and presence. He is genuine, grateful for his followers, and never turns down a request for a selfie.Gary’s opening keynote presentation at this year’s Financial Brand Forum was direct, insightful and without compromise. His message of using social media marketing to improve results in an increasingly digital world was well received by the audience in excess of 2,000. His ability to combine his personal story with industry insights and humor was entertaining as well as educational. While not being hesitant to call out marketers in the audience for being late in the use of social media marketing, he provided inspiration that it is not too late to get on the bandwagon. continue reading »last_img read more

Do right by your data and your data will do right by you

first_imgApart from a credit union’s members, the member data it stores in multiple systems and databases represent its next most valuable asset. But some credit unions may struggle to successfully find, manage and leverage the value of the vast amount of data they store. Organizations face impacts today that were not imagined in prior strategic planning cycles. Credit unions now see great value in raising the priority of proper data management in their business strategies.Your data must be trustworthy. This is important in normal times, but even more so in periods of unusually high stress. Credit unions have turned to data as the resource for mobilizing their efforts to ease members’ anxieties.Four Steps to Data Management MaturityA formalized data management practice helps credit unions apply a higher level of discipline to the business of keeping their data in good order. Credit unions can benefit from a consultation with a data management specialist who can apply a proven four-step process to assess a credit union’s data management maturity level: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Expenses need to be cut, but not in my department

first_imgWe’re all aware that 2021 could be a lean year for earnings, given that loan losses are expected to increase, the low rate environment is expected to continue, and the unknowns seem to outnumber the knowns for the pandemic and the economy.Many organizations are in expense control or cost-cutting mode. One of the challenges, beyond the obvious, is how to get your team on board with the decisions that are being made. Making equal cuts across departments might seem like the best way to avoid “being unfair,” but it’s rarely the best path for the organization as a whole.Strategy and reality are the filters. When making tough decisions, your strategy must be paramount. Think long and hard about any cuts that could chip away at your business model, the ability to generate income, acquire members, cross-sell or the member experience. As you consider, ask how long these decisions will have an impact, and what they might do to your competitive position in the future. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data…center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more