Aqueous Shares Rocking Live Studio EP “Artifact” [Listen]

first_imgFor the last few weeks, Aqueous has been gracing fans with professional videos from a recent live session in-studio. The session took place at Sonic Farm Studios in Buffalo, NY – the band’s hometown – just a few weeks after recording Best In Show. The end result features some fan and band favorites, capturing the band’s innate ability for both composition and improvisation.Songwriting is always at the forefront with Aqueous, and that’s ever present in their newest release. Though the five-track recording also features a favorited cover of Radiohead‘s “Paranoid Android” that will totally rock your socks off. Artifact – LIVE STUDIO EP is available for a “name your price” download, so feel free to give as much or as little as you’d like to support the band. Have a listen below!<a href=””>ARTIFACT- Live Studio EP by Aqueous</a>Aqueous has some exciting shows coming up to close out 2016, including a post-Phish performance with Mungion, a December 30th performance with Dopapod, and a New Year’s celebration with Twiddle in Albany! Check out the EP and the band’s tour schedule below, and find all things Aqueous on their website.Aqueous Tour Dates12/28/16 – New York City, NY – DROM w/ Mungion (more info)12/30/16 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater w/ Dopapod (more info)12/31/16 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre w/ Twiddle (more info)last_img read more

Seth Rogen And The Lonely Island Are Still Planning A Fyre Festival Parody Film

first_imgNow that the calamitous faux-festival has once again captured the public consciousness following a pair of recently released documentaries, Jorma Taccone has confirmed that the project is, indeed, still in the works.“Oh yeah,” Taccone tells The Daily Beast in a new interview. “I don’t want to divulge all the details but we’re figuring it out right now. You’ve seen the docs, right? It’s crazy. This is something that Akiva and Seth cooked up, and we’re figuring it all out right now.”Jorma also notes that he has seen the Netflix Fyre Festival documentary, Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened, three times. He’s a particular fan of Andy King, the festival’s fixer-turned-meme who was willing to go to some, uh, serious lengths to try to save the event. “I was like, I would hire that dude for anything… Hire that dude!” Taccone jokes. “That guy is a champion.”This would not be The Lonely Island’s first project concerning the music industry. In 2016, the team released Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, a mockumentary about a misguided young pop star.Here’s hoping this new festival failure film from Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island comes to fruition sooner rather than later.[H/T The Daily Beast] Ah, Fyre Festival—the schadenfreude gift that keeps on giving. Ever since the purported luxury music getaway imploded in April of 2017, the saga of the doomed festival and its con man founder, Billy McFarland, has provided onlookers with plenty to smirk at. After all, while some good people surely lost out over the Fyre Festival debacle, the situation as a whole is undeniably amusing.You couldn’t write a more perfect story of high profile failure. Well, that’s not entirely true—If you recall, back when the story of the Fyre Festival’s trainwreck was breaking, Seth Rogen tweeted that he and musical comedy trio The Lonely Island (comprised of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone) had already been working on a new movie about a music festival that goes horribly wrong. As The Lonely Island joked a the time, they were even “thinking about suing Fyre Festival for stealing our idea.”last_img read more

An education that works on two levels

first_imgComing to the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), I knew that I would find an intellectually rich environment, one at the cutting edge of policy and development discourse. A friend of mine had finished the program two years ago and had told me how great she found it. Yet I wasn’t clear about what makes Harvard and the Kennedy School stand out.I’m a Palestinian enrolled in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/M.P.A.) program as a Mason Fellow. In my previous life, I worked as an adviser to Palestinian negotiators on border issues. I did that for five years, and before that spent three years with a nongovernmental organization that monitored Israeli settlement activities in the occupied territories.At HKS, I’m taking courses that focus on communications and leadership, areas in which I have hands-on experience. I’m interested in learning some of the theories behind those areas to attain deeper and broader knowledge.When I arrived at HKS, I wondered how much of its fame was borne out of the historical reputation of the place and how much came on its own merit. Being a prestigious school in itself attracts great scholars, and arguably that could be enough to sustain a reputation.But whether they taught international relations, development economics, or power in the 21st century, the HKS professors demonstrated an impressive grasp on their disciplines. While these professors have strong opinions, they still manage to present and explain thoroughly other schools of thought, with their accompanying strengths and weaknesses. That gives students ample room to dive deeper in the causeways that are most useful to them and what they want to get out of their Harvard education. That approach makes for a substantially richer discussion of topics in class and out, and allows students to get the most out of courses. It’s an approach that’s often lacking in institutions that take a one-size-fits-all approach.In addition, the professors have experience in their fields that’s grounded in the real world. Having work experience myself, and having gone through the transformative process of realizing the difference between theory and practice, I’ve learned to appreciate the opinions of those who spent considerable time tackling problems far from academia. Moreover, the professors’ hold on theory is so substantive that they can convey the relationships, both strong and weak, between theory and practice. For example, when Ricardo Hausmann, professor of the practice of economic development, talks about an economic theory and its application in a development setting, he can decouple elements that are useful for the policy situation from those that have to do with theoretical or more philosophical and ethical aspects. The ability to navigate both realms with ease is what I think students most appreciate in the learning that happens at the Kennedy School.I found my public narrative course especially insightful. It’s providing me with a rich set of lenses through which to see and analyze what’s happening back home. I also find the discussion in class and outside it helpful in generating ideas and imagining alternative futures for my country. I had left my job because I felt that it was not effective in changing the situation at home. I’m hoping my year here will give me a few ideas on how to help to do that.Another special thing about the School is the kind of people who come to study there. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that it would be almost impossible to find another place that brings together so many people with such diverse backgrounds (professionally, geographically, and in years of experience) and yet with the same attitudes toward their responsibility to make this world a better place. They come from many countries, from nonprofits, for-profits, and government sectors, and with 10, 20, and 30 years of experience. Since they have backgrounds varying from energy, health, education, politics, and business, one would be hard-pressed to find a conversation uninteresting.The wealth of knowledge and experience that such diverse students bring to class enhances discussions. Professors are often challenged when they present examples from a country or a sector, since classes usually include someone with substantive knowledge of that specific example that exceeds the instructor’s. In the end, we learn as much from each other as we do from the professors.The combination of the two, the extensive knowledge that the professors bring and the richness of the cohort of students, creates a multiplier effect that makes for an intense and effective learning experience. The saying I once heard about Harvard has proven true: “Learning at Harvard is like trying to drink from a fire hydrant.”If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please e-mail your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at [email protected]last_img read more

Dell EMC Brings Real Innovation to a Real Estate Leader

first_imgChances are, if you’ve ever rented an apartment, you’ve interfaced with RealPage. Rental real estate is a trillion-dollar-a-year market and this Dell EMC customer has the largest database of lease transactions in the country.RealPage specializes in helping property management firms handle everything from rentals and leasing to marketing and accounting on a variety of properties including apartments, single-family homes, vacation rentals and commercial real estate. In addition, some smaller real estate firms rely on RealPage for complete IT-as-a-service solutions. The company provides on-demand, cloud-based software and data analytics 24/7 to more than 12,000 clients in North America, Europe and Asia.When its previous servers couldn’t keep pace with client demands, RealPage turned to Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.“With our previous servers, we were struggling to add properties for one of our largest and best clients. The PowerEdge R940xa solved our scaling problem, enabling us to easily handle the growing workloads and continue to expand our relationship with them.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPageBillions of reasons to refreshRealPage is one of the world’s largest software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers as well as one of the ten biggest users of Microsoft SQL—with more than 100,000 Microsoft SQL databases and 11 PB of storage. On peak days, the company processes over five billion transactions and produces two million reports for clients.Recently, RealPage decided to do a rapid server refresh using Dell EMC PowerEdge.“We chose Dell EMC PowerEdge servers not only for their speed and throughput, but also because various models are tailored for different workloads.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPageFor its SQL databases in a VMware virtualized environment, the company chose PowerEdge R740 rack servers. For its other spiraling workloads, RealPage opted for the extreme scale and performance of PowerEdge R940xa servers.Workhorse substantially reduces SQL licensing costsMicrosoft SQL licensing is determined by the number of server cores used. With RealPage’s enormous deployment, these costs represent a major expense. The company’s new PowerEdge servers help it deliver on-demand software and analytics solutions much more cost effectively.“The PowerEdge R740 is the workhorse for our SQL Server environment—reducing our server needs by one third with significant license fee savings.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPageDiving into a data lakeAnother project RealPage tackled recently was to begin building the nation’s largest shared data repository of lease transactions. This is used for operational and market forecasting, rental pricing and more.RealPage was initially told by numerous vendors that it wouldn’t be possible to dive into a data lake without using “bare metal” solutions. Then, the company talked to Dell EMC.“Dell EMC solved our data lake challenge with PowerEdge servers running in a VMware environment with Dell EMC Isilon network-attached storage,” remarks Carter. “This gave us the power and throughput we needed, while reducing physical storage by two-thirds. We also didn’t have to retrain our IT team to deal with bare metal.”Maintaining a mutually beneficial relationshipRealPage has partnered with Dell EMC throughout RealPage’s two decades in business. Over the years, Dell’s single-provider support has been essential.“With Dell, we get world-class support, so we can avoid the finger-pointing you get with competing vendors. This is a key to our relationship.”— Barry Carter, Chief Information Officer, RealPage Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:47Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Read the case study to learn more about how RealPage runs its business on Dell EMC. For additional information about PowerEdge servers, visit Join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.last_img read more

Happy Broadway Debut to Bryan Cranston as All the Way Officially Opens

first_img Related Shows The Breaking Bad star is making his Broadway debut as Lyndon B. Johnson in the bio-play and as soon as he’s sworn in, the phone calls begin from every faction. Surrounding Cranston clockwise from left are Robert Petkoff as Hubert Humphrey, John McMartin as Dick Russell, Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover and Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr. About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Those meth-making days are long gone! In celebration of the official March 6 opening of Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way at the Neil Simon Theatre, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this portrait of the show’s headliner Bryan Cranston and the cast. Broadway Ink Congratulations to everyone involved with the production for bringing All the Way to the Great White Way! All the Way Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014last_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Love Thoroughly Modern Foster

first_img View Comments Star Files She’s hot off the press, one step ahead. She gets no kicks from champagne. She’s a vandal (and a very gifted bowler). You know her, you love her, it’s two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster! The Broadway triple-threat is making her return to the Great White Way in Violet, marking her 11th time on the boards. Foster has quite the stage and screen resume, so we asked you which role of hers is your absolute favorite. The results are in, and here’s what you (and Tony voters, as it turns out) had to say! 1. Millie Dillmount, Thoroughly Modern Millie— 25% Gimme gimme that thing called Sutton! Though Foster already had a handful of Broadway credits prior to Thoroughly Modern Millie (Les Miz, Grease, Annie, and The Scarlet Pimpernel, for those playing at home), her performance as the titular flapper in the 2002 musical was certainly her breakout role, and landed the actress her first Tony nomination and win. Foster fanatics also know that this part came as a surprise for her—she started as the understudy in the show’s out-of-town tryouts, and suddenly found herself in the spotlight just days before preview performances. Sutton Foster 2. Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes— 22% We all know that Foster is a triple threat, but an eight-minute tap break smack in the middle of belting out a beloved musical theater staple? Come on! The Tony winner headlined the revival in 2011 under the direction of Kathleen Marshall. Foster brought a fresh, sexy take to the role of Reno Sweeney, originated by Ethel Merman in the 1930s, and with her knockout performances of the signature Cole Porter tunes “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” the actress found herself accepting her second Tony Award. 3. Princess Fiona, Shrek the Musical — 16% OK, who else could play a farting/belching princess and get a Tony nod for it? Foster channeled her inner ogre in the 2008 musical Shrek, starring as the “bit bipolar’ Princess Fiona and proved that playing royalty doesn’t have to always be 100% glamorous. She raised her freak flag high, instigated some avian explosions with her singing and yes, melodically passed gas, and audiences loved it (let’s see you try to get away with that, Millie). Shrek the Musical closed on Broadway in 2010, but theatergoers can now watch Foster’s epic performance on DVD and Blu-ray.last_img read more

Filing for board seats begins

first_imgFiling for board seats begins November 15, 2003 Regular News Filing for board seats beginscenter_img Filing for Bar president-elect for the 2004-05 year begins November 15, with a deadline of 5 p.m. December 15. The Bar is also continuing to accept nominating petitions for 23 Board of Governors and 19 Young Lawyer Divisions Board of Governors seats.According to Bar rules, president-elect candidates cannot begin active campaigning and soliciting support until November 15. To qualify, they must submit a petition signed by at least 1 percent of the Bar’s active membership, or around 650 signatures.The winner of the post will serve as president-elect designate until the June Annual Meeting when he or she will be sworn in as president-elect when Kelly Overstreet Johnson is sworn in as president. In June 2005, the winner will become Bar president.There are 23 seats on the Board of Governors up for election this year, each for a two-year term.Six of the incumbent board members have indicated they are not seeking reelection: Alan B. Bookman in the First Circuit, Seat 1; Louis Kwall in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1; Francisco R. Angones in the 11th Circuit, Seat 1; David Bianchi in the 11th Circuit, Seat 7; Robert C. Blue, Jr., in the 14th Circuit, Seat 1; and Michael T. Krantz in the 15th Circuit, Seat 3.Board members who have indicated they are seeking reelection are: Michael J. Glazer in the Second Circuit, Seat 2; Gregory S. Parker in the Third Circuit, Seat 1; S. Grier Wells in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 1; Chas. Chobee Ebbets in the Seventh Circuit, Seat 1; Mayanne Downs in the Ninth Circuit, Seat 1; Warren W. Lindsey in the Ninth Circuit, Seat 3, Robert M. Brush in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1; Ervin A. Gonzalez in the 11th Circuit, Seat 3; Don L. Horn in the 11th Circuit, Seat 5; Timon V. Sullivan in the 13th Circuit, Seat 1; John G. White III in the 15th Circuit, Seat 1; Alan C. Brandt, Jr., in the 17th Circuit, Seat 1; Jesse H. Diner in the 17th Circuit, Seat 4; Clifton A. McClelland, Jr., in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1; J. Christopher Lombardo in the 20th Circuit, Seat 1; Ian M. Comisky in the Out-of-State, Seat 2; and Brian D. Burgoon in the Out-of-State Seat 4.Bar members can qualify for a board seat by submitting a nominating petition signed by five Bar members in good standing who reside in their circuit.Nine of the YLD Board of Governors incumbents have indicated they are not seeking reelection: Courtney K. Grimm in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 1; Bonito J. Young in the Eighth Circuit, Seat 1, John Marc Tamayo in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1; Morgan R. Bentley in the 12th Circuit, Seat 1; Cecelia R. Boyd in the 14th Circuit, Seat 1; an open seat in the 16th Circuit, Seat 1; Clifton H. Gorenflo in the 18th Circuit, Seat 1; Joseph G. Colombo in the 18th Circuit, Seat 2, and Eric L. Meeks in the Out-of-State, Seat 1.YLD board members seeking reelection are: William L. Sundberg in the Second Circuit, Seat 1; Kelly A. O’Keefe in the Second Circuit, Seat 2, Curry G. Pajcic in the Fourth Circuit, Seat 2; Jewel W. Cole in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 1; Brandon S. Vesely in the Sixth Circuit, Seat 2, Alison H. Haskins in the 12th Circuit, Seat 2, Cynthia J. Hubbard in the 10th Circuit, Seat 1; Carlos A. Kelly in the 20th Circuit, Seat 2; Victoria E. Wu in Out-of-State, Seat 2; and Scott E. Atwood in Out-of-State, Seat 3.To qualify for a YLD board seat, candidates must submit a nomination petition signed by five YLD members in good standing in the candidate’s circuit.Ballots for contested races, either for president-elect or the board races, will be mailed on or before March 1 and must be returned no later than midnight, March 22. Once again this year, the Bar will be offering members the option of voting with a paper ballot or electronically online at a special site put up by, the Bar’s election’s company.last_img read more

How the decline in the taxi industry affects credit unions

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Details Not too long ago in major cities across this country it was not unusual to see someone walk to the curb, raise there arm and yell “taxi” as they tried to flag down a cab driving by. Other than personal vehicles and buses, taxis were the mode of transportation if you wanted to travel through the city or head to the airport. Cabs would line up at hotels, train stations, convention centers and major office buildings as well as being hailed from the street.The taxi industry thrived. Some individuals made it their life’s work to drive a cab. The hours were long, weather conditions at times treacherous, passengers sometimes rude or even intoxicated but the appeal of being your own boss, setting your hours and making a decent living appealed to many.In cities like Chicago and New York every taxi is required to have a medallion. The medallion serves as the license or permit for an individual to drive a taxi and pick up customers. The medallion can actually be seen on the vehicle as it is usually bolted to the hood.Cities limit the number of medallions they issue making these permits to drive a taxi very valuable. They can be owned by individual drivers or by companies who then lease them. Medallions can be sold between parties or are sometimes auctioned by the city issuing them.In 2011, in the City of Chicago, 397 medallions were sold with most commanding a price of over a quarter million dollars. In New York, two medallions earned a bid of 2.5 million. In 2015, in the City of Chicago, 14 medallions were sold ranging in price from $150,000.00 to $290,000.00. In 2016, in the city of Chicago, only one medallion has been sold to date at a price of $95,500.00.What has caused this drop in sales and price? Competition from companies like Uber and Lyft. Rather than trying to get a cab standing on a street corner in the rain, snow or dark of night, you can use your iPhone to order a Uber or Lyft to pick you up from a location you designate. The vehicle that arrives can be a Lincoln, Cadillac or SUV. They are usually cleaner and roomier than most taxis, can have complimentary water and candy and the fare and tip are automatically billed to your credit card. In addition, within minutes after your ride ends a receipt is sent to your phone and you are able to rate your driver.The taxi industry is claiming this competition is killing their industry and is unfair because Uber and Lyft drivers do not always have to meet the same licensing requirements as taxi drivers. They say their industry is on life support.The impact in the decrease of the value of the medallions goes beyond the taxi industry. A small number of credit unions have been lending money to medallion owners for years. It was a smart loan backed by collateral worth hundreds of thousands and to an industry that has been around for decades.Unfortunately, some of the credit unions have overloaded their portfolios with these medallion loans and are now experiencing the same impact of those who over concentrated in the housing market and failed to diversify. The loans are underwater, many are in default and serious losses have been created.Some believe the actions by the taxi industry to run a better, more efficient business model as well as the cities attempt to level the field amongst transportation drivers, is too little too late.Likewise, the failure of the credit unions to see the shifting trend and diversify their loan portfolios may also be too late for them to restructure and survive.It is an unfortunate occurrence for the taxi industry and their lender. One failed to keep up with changes in their industry and the other failed to minimize their risk. It is a tough lesson but hopefully it is one that others will learn from and act on sooner than later.last_img read more

President signs bill avoiding shutdown, funding govt thru Sept. 30

first_img continue reading » President Donald Trump sighed a bill Friday funding the federal government through Sept. 30, the end of fiscal year 2019. The bill fully funds several credit union loan and grant funds, and report language addresses several ongoing CUNA advocacy priorities.It funds the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund at $250 million. The CDFI Fund CDFI Fund makes capital grants, equity investments and awards for technical assistance to certified CDFIs, 285 of which are credit unions.It also funds NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund at $2 million, the same as previous years. The fund functions as revolving loan program and a technical assistance program for credit unions.CUNA-requested language in the legislation includes calling on: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 tips for financial marketers to tap AI’s personalization potential

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While fintech companies have been at the leading edge of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered innovation, financial services marketers are making up ground fast. McKinsey Global Institute says healthcare, financial services, and professional services have seen the greatest increase in their profit margins because of AI adoption.Advances in digital and mobile banking have created a “greenfield” of new opportunities for bank and credit union marketers, including leveraging data to map, analyze, and optimize the customer journey through inbound and outbound marketing interactions.For financial brands beginning to transform their marketing, there are five best practices that will enhance customer engagement across the customer journey.last_img read more