Railroad Earth’s Hangtown Music Festival Announces Initial Lineup

first_imgHangtown Music Festival in Placerville, California, will return this year for its seventh year. The late-season festival will fall from October 26th through 29th as a lead-up to Halloween. Today, the 7th Annual Hangtown Music Festival released its initial lineup for this year, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet. Host band Railroad Earth will perform for three nights during the four-night event. This year’s Hangtown Music Festival will also see two-set performances from Greensky Bluegrass and Dark Star Orchestra in addition to sets from Leftover Salmon, Turkuaz, Todd Snider, The Dustbowl Revival, Marchfourth, Shook Twins, and Monophonics. More acts will be announced in future months for this California festival. You can purchase tickets for Hangtown here, and you can check out Hangtown’s website here for more information about the event.last_img read more

Pollock: Artist and physicist?

first_imgAt a glance, a painting by Jackson Pollock can look deceptively accidental: just a quick flick of color on a canvas.A quantitative analysis of Pollock’s streams, drips, and coils by Harvard mathematician L. Mahadevan and collaborators at Boston College reveals, however, that the artist had to be slow — he had to be deliberate — to exploit fluid dynamics in the way that he did.The finding, published in Physics Today, represents a rare collision involving mathematics, physics, and art history, providing new insight into the artist’s method and techniques, as well as his appreciation for the beauty of natural phenomena.“Our article is mainly an invitation to think about some aspects of art from a scientific perspective,” said Mahadevan, who is the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and of physics.Crossovers between art and science are nothing new. Consider, for example, Leonardo da Vinci’s botanical sketches, proportional studies, and flying machines (or, for that matter, the culinary artistry of today’s molecular gastronomists).“My own interest,” said Mahadevan, “is in the tension between the medium — the dynamics of the fluid, and the way it is applied [written, brushed, poured …] — and the message. While the latter will eventually transcend the former, the medium can be sometimes limiting and sometimes liberating.”Pollock’s signature style involved laying canvas on the floor and pouring paint onto it in continuous, curving streams. Rather than pouring straight from the can, he applied paint from a stick or a trowel, waving his hand back and forth above the canvas and adjusting the height and angle of the trowel to make the stream wider or thinner.Simultaneously restricted and inspired by the laws of nature, Pollock took on the role of experimentalist, ceding some control to physics to create aesthetic effects.Mahadevan, collaborating with art historian Claude Cernuschi and physicist Andrzej Herczyński, both at nearby Boston College, took an interest in Pollock (1912–56) when his colleagues suggested that the artist may have exploited the same aspects of fluid dynamics that Mahadevan has studied in the past.Instabilities in a free fluid jet can form in a few ways: The jet can break into drops, it can splash upon impact with a surface, or it can fold and coil, as when a stream of honey lands on a slice of toast. Artist Robert Motherwell produced drips and splashes by flicking his brush; Pollock’s technique, on the other hand, is defined by the way a relatively slow-moving stream of paint falls onto the canvas, producing the trails and coils.In a sense, the authors said, Pollock was learning and using physics, experimenting with coiling fluids quite a bit before the first scientific papers on the subject would appear in the late 1950s and ’60s.Quantitative explanations for what are now termed inertial, gravitational, and viscous coiling regimes are relatively recent findings, emerging only in the past few decades. Mahadevan has studied the coiling of honey, nanofibers, and rope, and the behavior of a dripping faucet, among many other aspects of soft-matter physics.Mahadevan and his co-authors examined the black and red painting “Untitled 1948–49” and demonstrated mathematically that the only way Pollock could create such tiny looping, meandering oscillations was to hold his brush or trowel high up off the canvas and let out a flow of paint that narrowed and sped up as it fell. To create tiny loops rather than waves, he likely moved his hand slowly, allowing physics to co-author his art.The artist, of course, must have discovered the effects he could create through experimenting with various motions and types of paint, and perhaps some intuition and luck. But that, said Mahadevan, is the essence of science.“We are all students of nature, and so was Pollock,” he explained. “Often, artists and artisans are far ahead, as they push boundaries in ways that are quite similar to, and yet different from, how scientists and engineers do the same.”Pollock’s work and physicists’ modern understanding of natural phenomena blur the line between art and science, the authors said.The authors wonder whether a quantitative understanding of fluid dynamics could inspire a new style of art that takes Pollock’s medium a step further. Using a can of paint with a thin slit in one end, they suggest, an artist could paint with a film of pigment rather than a jet, creating aesthetic effects.“There are interesting quantitative questions everywhere in art,” said Mahadevan. “One that currently fascinates me is inspired by the Chihuly exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, not only because of the beauty of the glass-blowing forms, but also because it presents analogies to problems in biology and physics that span scales from the cell [in the context of cell shape] to the whole Earth [in the context of magma and lava flows].”“Of course, another, much harder, problem,” he said, “is the notion of ‘beauty’ in art or science, which we all can recognize but find hard to quantify.”Mahadevan is also a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard; a faculty associate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment; a member of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology; and a participant in the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Harvard.last_img read more

Top 10! Fans Flock to Our Snow-Day Video Picks, Ian McKellen’s Godot Secret & Broadway Workout Playlist

first_img 8. PHOTO: Get a Superb & Exquisite First Look at Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Betsy Wolfe & More in Bullets Over Broadway 7. NEWS: Joe Carroll Crowned Prince, Victoria Clark Returns & More Cinderella Cast Shake-Ups! 2. NEWS: The Wait Is Over! Star Ian McKellen Answers the Ultimate Godot Question 5. PHOTOS: We’ll Drink to That! Hedwig Star Neil Patrick Harris His Shirtless Mexico Margarita Binge 3. FEATURE: Happy New Year…Now Hit the Gym! Get Buff With Broadway.com’s 2014 Workout Playlist When it’s freezing out, Broadway fans like nothing than staying in, working out and savoring beach vacation photos of favorite stars. At least, that’s our conclusion from the list of this week’s most-read stories. Miss anything? Click below to catch up on the top 10 features from January 3 through January 9. 9. NEWS: Official Date Set for Nic Rouleau, Ben Platt & Syesha Mercado’s Broadway Mission in The Book of Mormoncenter_img 4. PHOTO: Muy Caliente! Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele Show Off Their Sexy Bikini Bods and BFF Swagger in Mexico 1. FEATURE: Snowed In? Here are 10 Awesome Broadway & Theater Movies to Binge-Watch on Netflix Tonight 6. PHOTO: See Carly Rae Jepsen Decked Out in Radiant Royal Gems Before She Steps Into Cinderella’s Slippers 10. NEWS: Grammy Nominee Josh Groban Could be Broadway Bound in “Something Brand New” View Commentslast_img read more

Tougher peanuts

first_imgTifton, Ga. – University of Georgia researchers studying organic peanut production and researchers with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have found ways to reduce the amount of chemicals used in traditional peanut farming operations. Supported by a series of Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grants, the critical breakthrough in the overall research effort was a weed control strategy based on intensive cultivation. This includes using the right equipment in conjunction with cultural practices that enhance peanut competition with weeds. The production system – validated on certified organic fields – works, said Carroll Johnson, a USDA-ARS research agronomist with the UGA campus in Tifton. “We went through several years of consistent failure before we started seeing regular successes in weed control techniques,” Johnson said. “Since then, we’ve had a pretty good idea of how to manage weeds in organic peanut. “At our research site in Tifton, we were heavily infested with the major weeds that plague peanut growers: crab grass, Texas millet, crowfoot grass and small-flower morning glory, just to name a few. We gave our organic weed control systems a real-world test.” A key to successful weed control is finding the right cultivation implement, and that implement turned out to be the tine cultivator, Johnson said. “The saying goes that if you see a weed, then it’s too late,” he said. “When properly operated, the tine weeder eliminates the weed before it even has a chance to emerge from the soil.”The magic behind the tine cultivator is the flexible tines that scratch just beneath the soil, bringing the weed seedlings to the top where they dry up and die on the soil surface. “I usually start using the tine cultivator right before the peanut crop emerges and then repeat at weekly intervals for six weeks,” Johnson said. Another interesting development during the research was the awareness that peanut is much more tolerant than originally thought to the intensive cultivation needed to control weeds. “We basically took the peanut production handbook and put it through the shredder,” Johnson said. “We were doing things to peanut with intensive cultivation that had not been done before and getting away with it, and that is due to the superior peanut varieties now available to growers. “There are some resilient peanut varieties out there that have enough disease resistance and tolerance to the physical abuse of intense cultivation that makes it possible for us to produce organic peanuts in the first place. That was an important discovery right there.” The team was concerned that leaf funguses and soil-borne diseases would be limiting factors due to the absence of fungicides but that has not been the case, Johnson said. “We have outstanding peanut varieties that give us disease tolerance or even resistance, along with strong yield potential,” he said. But the right varieties and the right implement are still not quite enough to thoroughly control weeds. “During the on-farm validation of effective cultivation regimes for weed control, it became clear that we needed to have uniform, almost perfect, stands of peanut plants to eliminate any gaps in the row where weeds could get a foothold,” Johnson said. “That’s where one of the SARE grants, led by Mark Boudreau, came into play.” Boudreau, with UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, coordinated research that identified the ideal combination of row spacing, row geometry, and seed spacing. “The best system is peanut rows spaced 36 inches apart with six to eight uniformly spaced plants per foot of row,” Johnson said. “That eliminates gaps (skips) in the row where weeds can grow. We were able to demonstrate that production system on a large scale in an organic transition study led by Scott Tubbs.” Tubbs, an assistant professor of crop physiology and management at the UGA campus in Tifton, received a SARE grant to study peanuts in an organic transitional system at three locations across Georgia, one of which was in Tifton. “In those experiments at Tifton, the yields on two acres of organic peanuts averaged 5,211 pounds per acre in 2011. The 2011 state average was 3,400 pounds per acre,” Johnson said. “The results of the study showed that we can grow peanuts organically and it’s doable on larger scale, not just small research plots.” Johnson credits J. Frank McGill, a former UGA Cooperative Extension agent and retired UGA peanut specialist. Known as “Mr. Peanut,” McGill is considered one of the pioneers of modern peanut production in the South. “Once we developed a rough prototype of an organic peanut production system, Frank and I were visiting a certified organic peanut farm in Screven County,” Johnson said. “Frank took one look at the planting, which looked impressive, and gave our team an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Coming from the preeminent expert in peanut production, I knew that we were on the right track.” Those research successes in organic peanut production have led to similar efforts on other specialty crops, like organic Vidalia sweet onion. “The organic Vidalia sweet onion is a very high dollar, intensively managed crop. The production budget assumes weed control costs of $1,000 per acre, by hand,” Johnson said. “We were able to control weeds using the tine cultivator on transplanted organic Vidalia onions for $25 or $30 an acre,” he added. “We tend to baby the Vidalia onion with extra inputs, like fungicides, but we were able to manage organic Vidalia onion without such inputs and produce yields comparable to state yield averages. “Johnson and USDA-ARS research technician Dan Evarts were recently awarded the 2012 Land Stewardship Award from Georgia Organics for their research and outreach efforts in weed control strategies in organic peanut. While the award emphasizes contributions toward organic agriculture, the products from the research effort that work in organic production can also work in conventional systems, said Johnson. “I find it very interesting that peanut and Vidalia sweet onion are both intensively managed specialty crops and research on organic production systems for both crops points in the same direction,” Johnson said. “Both crops can be successfully grown organically and the discoveries on organic production in both crops can be extended to conventional production systems and reduce costs of production.”last_img read more

Mulch 101

first_imgMulch is great in the right quantity, but can be a handicap to plant growth if applied incorrectly.By definition, mulch is a layer of porous material covering the surface of the soil. In forests, leaf litter creates surface mulch. Mulch materials are either inorganic or organic. Inorganic mulches include lava rock, gravel, crushed rock and landscape fabrics. Organic mulches include bark, wood chips, pine straw, grass clippings and leaf litter or composted leaves. Inorganic materials last a long time because they do not decompose readily. Organic materials will decay and break down – but as this occurs, they add organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Organic matter in soil stabilizes soil structure and feeds microorganisms. Fresh or succulent material decomposes faster than dry or woody material, and smaller particles break down faster than larger pieces.A layer of mulch provides several benefits to plants and soils including reducing water loss by slowing down surface evaporation, minimizing weed competition, moderating temperature changes in the surface of soil, improving soil structure, retarding erosion, reducing negative plant interactions with maintenance equipment and reducing soil compaction. Mulch is also attractive and enhances landscape design.To gain the benefits listed above, apply mulch in a layer at least 2 inches deep, but no more than 4 inches. Fibrous roots extend well beyond the drip-line, or the outer perimeter of the leaf canopy, so mulch should be applied over as large an area as possible. Do not apply mulch on stems, trunks or root flares of trees, and leave a few inches of bare soil around young plants. Mulch may not be required around plants on a wet site because it might restrict airflow into the soil.Too much mulch around plants is bad for plants because it:• Contributes to root rot by reducing aeration and trapping water. • Promotes development of roots into mulch rather than the soil.• Retards root development, which leads to reduced shoot growth.• Reduces activity in phloem tissue and can cause tissue death.• May make plants susceptible to cold injury if hot spots of decomposition that delay winter hardiness are present.• Provides habitat for rodents. • Inhibits movement of oxygen and water to soil.The bottom line is the right amount of mulch around landscape plants helps sustain healthy plants and soil, but too much or too little mulch exposes both plants and soils to environmental and biological stress.last_img read more

New England Federal Credit Union donates $25,000 to COTS

first_imgNew England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) has made a $25,000 donation to Burlington s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). Appearing onstage on July 2 at the Flynn Theater before the Queen City Music Hour, NEFCU President John Dwyer presented the donation to COTS Grants Manager Beth Krueger.   We at NEFCU feel strongly about supporting our community, and today we d like to recognize an organization that we believe deserves our special support, said Dwyer.  For more than 25 years, the Committee on Temporary Shelter, better known as COTS, has provided needed services and shelter for the homeless Among its many services, the COTS family Services program focuses on the unique needs of families with children under the age of 18. On behalf of our management, employees and members of NEFCU, we are pleased to make this contribution to COTS to help them continue their good work.COTS s Beth Krueger was extremely pleased to accept the donation. This is really an extraordinary demonstration of good corporate citizenship, she said. Without the support of NEFCU and other committed organizations, COTS would not be able to fulfill its mission, which is so especially important just now.Membership in NEFCU is open to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington, Lamoille, and Addison counties. For more information about membership requirements and benefits, visit nefcu.com.Source: NEFCUlast_img read more

Dysfunctional Congress throws credit unions a bone

first_imgby: Henry MeierIt is with gritted teeth that I congratulate Congress this morning for passing legislation (HR 3468) providing Share Insurance Coverage to credit unions holding Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA). Passage of the bills means that credit unions in New York will be able to accept these accounts provided membership requirements are satisfied.For those of you responsible for implementing these kinds of changes, take a look at section 497 of New York’s Judiciary Law. IOLTA are accounts opened by attorneys holding funds received from members, typically as part of a retainer agreement. Under New York’s law, which is similar to the requirements of other states, when an attorney receives funds from a client in a fiduciary capacity that are too small an amount or are expected to be held for too short a time to generate sufficient interest income, the attorney places these funds in a single joint account.The catch is that NCUA has refused to extend Share Insurance Coverage to IOLTAs. NCUA has opined for years that Share Insurance protection can only be extended to such funds if all of a lawyer’s clients are qualified members of a credit union. This is because membership eligibility is determined not by the attorney but by his clients.  The federal law would now stipulate that “if the attorney administering the IOLTA or the escrow agent administering the escrow account is a member of the insured credit union in which the funds are held” then insurance coverage must be extended provided that doing so in consistent with state law. Under Section 497 of New York’s Judiciary Law, it would be.  For those of you designated as low-income, you could already accept these funds as explained in this opinion letter. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

US indicts North Koreans, accuses state-owned bank of evading sanctions

first_imgTopics : The indictment adds to mounting friction between Washington and Pyongyang after denuclearization talks launched by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stalled.The indictment is the largest of any North Korea sanctions violations case, a US law enforcement official said. The alleged crimes include money laundering and bank fraud.Washington “has signified its commitment to hampering North Korea’s ability to illegally access the US financial system and limit its ability to use proceeds from illicit actions to enhance its illegal WMD and ballistic missile programs,” Acting United States Attorney Michael Sherwin said in a statement.Some of the $2.5 billion was directed to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, a US official said. The US Justice Department accused North Korea’s state-owned bank of evading US sanctions laws and charged 28 North Korean and five Chinese citizens in its largest crackdown on North Korea sanctions violations.In a grand jury indictment made public on Thursday, US prosecutors accused North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) of conspiring with the employees charged to cause other banks “to process at least $2.5 billion in illegal payments via over 250 front companies.”The United States blacklisted the FTB in 2013; the UN Security Council did so in 2017.center_img The transactions took place in China, Russia, Libya and Thailand, and many of those charged were bank employees, including two former presidents of the FTB and two former co-vice presidents.North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 that have been strengthened by the Security Council over the years in a bid to cut off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.North Korea continued to enhance those programs last year in breach of UN sanctions, according to a report this year to the UN Security Council.last_img read more

Renovated cottage up for grabs in Redcliffe

first_imgThe home includes a teenager’s retreat and good sized backyard. Picture: Supplied.“The home has a great backyard size-wise and can accommodate people with pets and kids, and people who like to entertain.“It’s a home with so much potential for anyone to make it their own.”The property is being marketed by David Huynh and Darren Suhle of Ray White North Lakes.It will go to auction on Saturday, March 9 at 2.15pm. The updated kitchen at 169 Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.Downstairs there is a teenager’s retreat, with bathroom, opening to the back entertaining deck. “The bathroom is definitely my favourite (room in the home). The bathtub and the colour scheme are amazing,” Mrs Tawadrous said. She said the home would suit a couple with a teenage child, who could make use of the downstairs retreat, or an older couple who need space for guests. The home at 169 Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.THIS two-bedroom home has been completely renovated and is going under the hammer this weekend. Owners Krestina and John Tawadrous bought the property at 169 Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe four years ago and set out to completely overhaul the house. “We wanted something where we could pick the colours, make it our own and give it a touch of luxury,” Mrs Tawadrous said. “We did everything from ripping out the kitchen to gutting the bathroom.“We were living there while were renovating and I was heavily pregnant. It was liveable but it was in a bad way.center_img The renovated bathroom has a soaker tub. Picture: Supplied.“We had to rip out the kitchen and we found dead mice behind it.” The home today is almost unrecognisable from what the couple first bought. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019A front porch leads into the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, with a study nook in the living space and a laundry off the kitchen. The gourmet kitchen has stone benchtops and modern cabinetry, while timber floors feature throughout the living space. The two bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom has floor to ceiling tiles, double basins and a freestanding bathtub. last_img read more

Granny’s Bay Coastal Protection Work Moves Ahead

first_imgImage source: Fylde CouncilWork has recently started at Granny’s Bay, as part of the £22 million coastal protection project along the Fylde coast, VolkerStevin reports. VBA, a joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded an extension to the contract to redevelop Granny’s Bay.On completion, this work will provide new coastal defenses and upgraded promenades at Fairhaven, Church Scar and Granny’s Bay.Commenting the latest news, Councillor Roger Small, Chair of the Operational Management Committee for Fylde Council, said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw and will mean that we have a wonderful new foreshore, pleasing to look at and use as a recreational resource, as well as providing shoreline protection.”The Sea Defense Project is replacing the sea defense walls, as the existing coastal defenses are time expired and have been failing.According to VolkerStevin, the current concrete coast defenses were built in the 1890s and have been undergoing emergency repairs every year to prevent a major breach.last_img read more