March 2

12 Days Of Phishmas 2018: Mike Gordon Fascinates A Muscle Shoals Legend With Lessons He Learned From Phish [Watch]

first_imgIt’s that time of year again… In eight short days, Phish will return to New York’s Madison Square Garden for their annual four-night New Year’s run. Each year, we like to celebrate the season in the days leading up to Phish at MSG with the 12 Days of Phishmas, a daily series that gives you your Phish fix and helps stoke your excitement in the days leading up to the run. In 2016, we took you back to 12 historic Phish performances at The Garden. In 2017, with the Baker’s Dozen barely out of sight in the rearview, we relived the magic and mystery of the band’s historic residency.For years, we’ve been earmarking some of our favorite Phish interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and other cool content that we haven’t found the right occasion to share with you…until now. For 2018, we’ve made you a very special Phishmas Advent calendar to help spice up your countdown to showtime. As we approach the start of the run on the 28th, we’ll open up one panel a day and reveal a fun surprise inside—a little something sweet and Phishy once a day until the Garden party begins. No peeking! By the time we’re finished with the calendar, it will finally be time for the gift we’ve all been waiting for: Four nights of Phish on their home court at the World’s Most Famous Arena.8 Days Til’ Phish: Bass Summit With Mike Gordon & Norbert Putnam (2017)On the fifth day of Phishmas… Mike Gordon sits down with legendary producer and bassist Norbert Putnam for a “Bass Summit” panel discussion at Colchester, VT’s Saint Michael’s College. The panel was hosted by Saint Michael’s professor of fine arts Bill Ellis in late October of 2017 following Phish’s monumental Baker’s Dozen run.Norbert Putnam was part of the original Muscle Shoals rhythm section and has produced hundreds and hundreds of records, working with the likes of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, J.J. Cale, Joan Baez, and many, many more. Mike digs deep into his childhood next to the music industry behemoth, discussing what attracted him to the bass, and how the vibrations of the instrument resonated with him—It all goes back to a family vacation in the Bahamas where Mike was enthralled with a poolside Calypso band’s bassist. As Mike notes, he went on to tell his father, “If I’m ever gonna be in a band, I wanna do that thing.”Mike also gives his thoughts on what truly makes a band click. He explains that it takes “hundreds of thousands of hours,” from his experience, to find that perfect connection. He also emphasizes a certain sort of “surrender” thats necessary to realize that goal. But as he continues to reflect on the idea of what makes a band “click,” he admits that after 1800 + shows and more than three decades with Phish, he still feels he hasn’t quite figured it out.As the conversation continues, Putnam gets noticeably more and more enthralled with Mike’s take. The feeling appears to be mutual. Putnam knows nothing about being in a high-profile touring band. Gordon is unfamiliar with the trials and tribulations of a seasoned studio warrior. They’re both speaking to a master of a section of the music industry they’ve only ever known from afar, attempting to soak up everything they can in the process.Beyond that mutual respect, it sure does feel good to hear Mike discuss how close he is with his bandmates of 35 years. Mike explains that, to him, the most important elements of Phish’s longevity have been the band’s ability to communicate openly and the lasting friendships he’s maintained with Trey (Anastasio), Jon (Fishman), and Page (McConnell). As Mike confides to Putnam, during Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run, the band’s goal was not to make everything perfect, but to make it “passable.” Because of the deep connection they’ve shared for so long—both as a band and as people—”passable” turned out to be “outstanding.”Watch Saint Michael’s College’s “Bass Summit” panel discussion with Mike Gordon to learn more about Mike’s earliest memories of the bass, Mike’s longstanding practice of journaling throughout his life, and more.Bass Summit With Mike Gordon & Norbert Putnam (2017)[Video: Connor Vandagriff]We’ll be back tomorrow to open the sixth panel on our Phishmas 2018 Advent calendar. What other Phishmas surprises are in store? You’ll just have to wait and see…In the meantime, you can go back through the previous Phishmas surprises:On the first day of Phishmas… The Big Daddy ShowOn the second day of Phishmas… David Byrne Interviews PhishOn the third day of Phishmas… Trey Anastasio Interview At New Yorker Festival On the fourth day of Phishmas… A Look Inside The Hoist Sessions From Cactus FilmsOn the fifth day of Phishmas… Mike Gordon Fascinates A Muscle Shoals Legendlast_img read more

March 1

Health care system can learn from restaurant chain

first_imgThe nation’s health care system needs to learn to serve millions of Americans with consistent quality, reasonable cost, and decent service — much like popular chains like the Cheesecake Factory have learned to do in the restaurant world, Atul Gawande writes August 13, 2012 in The New Yorker. Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health, describes quality control methods used — including timers, computerized recipes, and kitchen managers who rate the food presentation on a scale of one to 10 before it’s served — in a Cheesecake Factory restaurant he visits in the Prudential Center in Boston.“The critical question is how soon that sort of quality and cost control will be available to patients everywhere across the country. We’ve let healthcare systems provide us with the equivalent of greasy-spoon fare at four-star prices, and the results have been ruinous,” he writes. “The Cheesecake Factory model represents our best prospect for change. Some will see danger in this. Many will see hope. And that’s probably the way it should be.”With health care reform in mind, Gawande reflects upon the process used when his mother underwent knee replacement surgery in a major Boston teaching hospital. He also discusses efforts by for-profit health systems like the Steward hospital chain to streamline medicine. He stops in to watch Steward medical staff use video technology to remotely track the status of hospitalized patients. “The way medical care is organized is changing — because the way we pay for it is changing,” he writes. Read Full Storylast_img read more

January 18

Motown the Musical Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img Related Shows The Broadway production currently stars Josh Tower as Berry Gordy, Krystal Joy Brown as Diana Ross, former Broadway.com video blogger Charl Brown as Smokey Robinson and Bryan Terrell Clark as Marvin Gaye. Motown The Musical A U.K. production is planned for the summer of 2015. View Commentscenter_img Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance. What’s going on? Broadway’s Motown the Musical will close on January 18, 2015. The tuner, which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14, 2013, plans to return to the Great White Way at a Nederlander theater to be announced in July 2016. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015last_img read more

January 18

Spring Awakening Revival Starts Previews on Broadway

first_imgDon’t do sadness—Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening will begin Broadway previews on September 8! Starring Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, along with Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winners Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus and more, the production will officially open on September 27 and play a limited engagement through January 9, 2016 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Michael Arden’s production previously played two different engagements in Los Angeles. The staging incorporates American Sign Language with the dialogue, as select characters are portrayed as deaf, with additional performers providing their voices. The show features choreography by Spencer Liff.Spring Awakening, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play by the same name. It follows a group of teenagers as they navigate through their sexual and intellectual blossoming, with varying degrees of support from adult figures in their lives. The original production won eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical.The cast will also include Camryn Manheim, Patrick Page, Russell Harvard as well as over a dozen newcomers, including Austin McKenzie as Melchior, Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla, Katie Boeck as the voice of Wendla, Daniel Durant as Moritz and Alex Boniello as the voice of Moritz. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Spring Awakening View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

January 18

Odds & Ends: Gabriella Pizzolo to Play Little Idina in Beaches & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Gabriella Pizzolo & Grace Capeless Tapped for BeachesFun Home’s Gabriella Pizzolo and her former Matilda co-star Grace Capeless have been enlisted for the remake of Beaches, which is slated to bow next year on Lifetime. According to TVLine, they will appear as the younger versions of CC (Idina Menzel) and Hillary (Nia Long), respectively. Beaches, based on the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer and 1988 movie starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, follows the various stages of the friendship between CC Bloom, an actress and singer, and Hillary Whitney, a San Francisco-based lawyer. Keeping it in the family, Capeless’ mom Jodi Capeless will take on the role of CC’s mom Leona in the childhood scenes, while Sanai Victoria is set to play Hillary’s daughter Tori.Catch Free Leslie Odom Jr. ConcertWant to be in the room where it happens with Leslie Odom Jr.? The Tony winner will close out the free Sessions at the Circle concert series at the Big Apple’s Columbus Circle on September 6. The former Hamilton star will perform songs from his recently released self-titled jazz album at 6PM on the second floor mezzanine level at 10 Columbus Circle.Dates Set for Hamilton in San FranciscoSpeaking of a certain Tony-winning tuner, the national tour of Hamilton will begin in San Francisco at the SHN Orpheum Theatre on March 14 and is set to run through August 5. The production will then move on to the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles, where it is slated to play August 11 through December 30. The Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gargantuan hit is scheduled to kick off on September 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre.Scarlett Strallen to Lead London’s She Loves MeAfter charming the Great White Way all over again earlier on this year, Joe Masteroff, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s She Loves Me will play London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Directed by Matthew White and starring Broadway alum Scarlett Strallen (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder) as Amalia, the production will play November 25 through March 5. And, just because it’s a holiday weekend that deserves to be vanilla ice cream-filled, check out Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi and more below in the recent Broadway production. Star Files Leslie Odom Jr. Gabriella Pizzolo View Commentslast_img read more

December 30

Ask the Doc: Ankle Strain vs. Ankle Sprain

first_imgWelcome to our new Ask the Doc feature. We will be posting regular updates from Dr. Sean Cook with questions pertaining to outdoor injuries and basic health and fitness. Up first is a classic trail injury: the ankle sprain. Hey Doc,While skiing last winter I twisted my ankle. At a local ER I was diagnosed with a strained ankle. What is the difference between an ankle strain and sprain?———————————————————First, some basic anatomy: Ligaments are tissues that attach bone to bone whereas tendons are tissue connections between muscle and bone. The foot and ankle are connected by both. Ligamental stretching or tearing is called a sprain whereas the same injury on a tendon is a strain.Over-lifting or excessive usage are two of the most common causes of strain and are not frequently associated with ankle injuries. Sudden rolling of the foot is the cause of most ankle sprains. The amount of damage to ankle ligaments is measured by three increasing grades. Minor amounts of swelling and pain are common to minimally damaged ligaments and are classified as grade I injuries. Inability to bear weight, especially if the affected ankle moves more freely compared to the non-affected ankle, may indicate may indicate a higher grade injury and the need for a formal medical evaluation.Shoes with good ankle support that prevents ankle rolling are recommended whenever climbing or moving on uneven ground.When Sean Cook, M.D., is not tempting fate kayaking the Chattooga River, you can find him practicing infectious disease in Eastern Georgia and South Carolina.last_img read more

December 20

Army Provides Mobile Satellite Communications For Disaster Response

first_imgBy Dialogo January 27, 2011 De hecho, cuando alguien no entiende, depende de los otros visitantes ayudar, y eso ocurre aquí.dgedggddcdffgeef Este sitio web es mayormente un recorrido de toda la información que uno desea saber pero no sabe a quién preguntar. Echa un vistazo aquí y sin duda lo descubrirás. eedkbedcbckfgbdd Sometimes the enemy isn’t an insurgency – it’s a storm surge. Just ask Col. Quill Ferguson. “When you enter into a crisis situation, normally one of the first things to go is your communications,” said Col. Ferguson, G6 for U.S. Army North, which frequently responds to natural disasters. “Having a satellite-based network allows you to bridge some of that infrastructure damage that you normally get, whether it’s an earthquake, a hurricane or another man-made or natural event.” In the years since Hurricane Katrina exposed dangerous information gaps between various government responders, the Army has developed high-tech capabilities that enable rapid, inter-agency communications during an emergency. One of those systems, the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability, or JISCC, has been deployed in response to wildfires in California, the earthquake in Haiti and other disaster areas, said Joseph Cellini, JISCC project lead for the Army’s Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T). In austere battlefield environments, network infrastructure can be nonexistent – leaving Soldiers to rely on imported satellite communications to transmit information by voice, data and video. Back in the U.S., a disaster that wipes out the communications infrastructure can have the same chilling effect. “The advanced, futuristic technologies that we live with go away, and you become very austere,” Cellini said. “You have no electricity, satellite, bandwidth and communications. Think of all the things we do on a daily basis. Now take it all away. That’s really what happens at an incident site such as 9/11 and such as Katrina.” Now, the Army is able to fill that void by bringing in its own communications pipelines. Army North relies on vehicles powered by a generator and equipped with a satellite connection, allowing Soldiers to connect with their higher headquarters on both classified and unclassified networks, said Sgt. 1st Class Alberto Hernandez, who is assigned to Army North. “Once we have established communications through the satellite link, it’s just like being back at the office. You have the same capabilities,” Hernandez said. “It helps immensely.” The familiar, user-friendly equipment for transmitting voice, video and data means personnel don’t confront a “learning gap” in the critical moments, Ferguson said. “We can be on the air in 10 minutes or better, and that means the difference in saving lives and coordinating with the first responders at every level – whether it’s the local, state or federal level,” he said. “The most crucial element of any crisis is information, and being able to disseminate that information, to share it with the right people, at the right time.” In addition to satellite feeds, both the Army North vehicles and the JISCC come equipped with handheld portable radios that can run on various bands and frequencies, permitting different agencies to talk to one another. That provides simultaneous situational awareness for first responders including police and fire departments, Emergency Medical Technicians, state and local governments, and relief organizations such as the Red Cross, Cellini said. “There are no longer these disparate communication nodes he said.”Everyone can talk by doing talk groups. It brings everyone on the same common page.”last_img read more

December 18

Tech must-haves for 2015

first_imgDon’t forget your members when choosing where to invest your budget dollarsAs 2014 comes to a close and technology budgets are finalized for the coming year, many credit unions are considering key technology investments for 2015. The obvious upgrades to core processors, online banking, loan origination systems, in-branch technology, and the like are, of course, at the top of the list. But there are also frequently overlooked options that credit unions should consider as key to improving their members’ banking experience. Some are small, some are big, but all three of these recommendations will be noticed and appreciated by your members.Go native with your mobile bankingMobile banking is the single biggest vulnerability facing most credit unions today and is the most likely entry point for competitors — both traditional and non-traditional financial institutions — to poach credit unions’ members. (Click here for a free report that examines the potential sources of disruption facing credit unions in the next year.) A quick search of the 20 largest banks and credit unions shows they all offer native apps for both Apple iOS and Google Android. Still, many credit unions are still not dedicating enough resources to this critical channel. In a recent report from Accenture, 67% of Millennials said they feel the traditional and digital experience they receive from their bank is “somewhat or not at all seamless.”Bridge the gap between in-app and in-branch experience by focusing on your mobile banking offering and adding all the functionality your members want — mobile deposit, PFM, p2p payments, etc. Then, make sure that the services available in both channels are connected and the service they provide from your employees in a branch is consistent with what is available within your mobile banking apps.Upgrade your website with responsive web designThe number of screen sizes being used grows on a daily basis: desktops, laptops, iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone (now in 3 sizes), Kindle Fire, Surface, Galaxy — the list goes on. How your credit union is represented on all of these devices, no matter what the screen size, is important to maintaining a uniform image. With 47% of members using the Internet or mobile devices as their primary method of banking, your image needs to be consistent in the same way that each of your branches are. The right image can attract members and encourage existing members to expand their relationship with your credit union; the wrong image can be offputting. Your most important branch is probably your website, not any single, physical location.Put simply, responsive websites improve how your content is presented, enhance readability, result in faster page rendering, and are SEO-optimized. Josh Rubin, renown interaction designer and co-founder of Cool Hunting, adds, “Responsive web design isn’t just about adapting the interface to screen size; it’s about understanding the situation people are in when they’re using different devices.” Responsive design isn’t a new concept, but it is more important now than it has been in the past as device types and sizes for both tablets and smartphones are rapidly multiplying. To check if your site is responsive, open your credit union’s homepage and slowly resize the screen using your mouse. If the layout doesn’t change and instead scroll bars appear on the bottom of the browser window, you don’t have a responsive website.Add social media channels to your member service programsSocial media channels — Twitter and Facebook in particular — are important for reaching members and protecting and building your credit union’s reputation. Brandwatch hit the nail on the head when it said, “Every meaningful social conversation can be nurtured into a real relationship that can eventually become a direct revenue opportunity, positive word-of-mouth, or direct referral.”Social media is the ultimate level playing field. The upside is that it’s as easy way for you to inject your brand into social media conversations as it is for much-bigger competitors. The downside is that it takes a dedicated team member who is adept at handling communications across different technology platforms and is committed to providing real-time responses in the spirit of your credit union’s member service ethos. Look for a digital native with social savvy — probably a Millennial — to run your social media programs with the goal to inform and educate the public, respond to your members in real time with general information about products or promotions, and move conversations to a secure channel when they become confidential and require privacy.Native apps, responsive websites, and social media connected member service are just a few areas that credit unions should look to substantially improve the service they provide their members. Don’t overlook these areas when creating your budgets or roadmaps for 2015. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andrew Tilbury Andrew Tilbury is the Chief Marketing Officer of Bluepoint and oversees Bluepoint’s integrated marketing strategy and product management including brand management, media relations, interactive marketing, and product management. Tilbury … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

December 18

Yes, an authentic company culture really can drive retention

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Employee retention is a complex phenomenon that can be difficult to predict broadly, not to mention down to the level of a single employee.The latter is the topic of a recent blog post — titled Why You Shouldn’t Link Culture and Retention — I read on HRE Online, which addressed why people leave organizations with great cultures.Getting past the headline, the argument appears to be that cultures should not be used to retain people because of the fundamental human tendency towards boredom. As the novelty or effect wears off, employees get bored and leave. Instead, the post argues, culture should be used for driving performance.While I certainly agree on the second point, I can’t say I’m fully behind the reasoning on the first. continue reading »last_img read more

December 8

Delaware Co. sees increase in COVID numbers

first_imgThe Board of Supervisors said, “the numbers in Delaware County are increasing and we are working diligently to get this recent outbreak under control.” 194 people are now under mandatory quarantine, with 7 people isolated in the hospital. The county also said Delaware County Public Health posts daily on a coronavirus dashboard which shows the number of reported cases and recoveries each day. The county has reported a total of 215 confirmed cases to date. Delaware county has reported 9 new cases of the coronavirus today, bringing the number of known active cases of the virus in the county up to 52. The county had reported a total of 9 COVID related deaths and 154 full recoveries or people no longer seeking care. Officials say these new numbers are higher than the total of positive COVID cases Delaware County saw at the height of the state shutdown. DELAWARE COUNTY (WBNG) — The Delaware County Board of Supervisors has announced they are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the county. Delaware County advises residents to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and regularly wash their hands, encouraging these practices especially as the winter months approach.last_img read more