Electric Beethoven has continued to turn heads ever since their formation earlier this year, transporting the music of composer Ludwig van Beethoven into the whimsical world of improvisation. Led by Reed Mathis, the band of Todd Stoops, Clay Welch and Jay Lane seems to play tighter with each passing performance, as the bandmates lock into each other’s style and the music of Beethoven.The band has been sharing clips of their performances here and there, including a song from their recent set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, but today the band has announced plans to release the a full length, live rendition of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony. Electric Beethoven will be releasing one movement at a time, starting with today’s release of “Awakening of Happiness.” The live footage is taken from Cervantes Masterpiece in Denver, CO, from November 13th, 2016.Listen to “Awakening of Happiness,” below.The band will continue sharing movements from the live performance of this Symphony, so stay tuned. They also have shows scheduled for this Friday, November 25th at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA during the afternoon, at Tahoe Beach Retreat in South Lake Tahoe, California on the 26th and a free show at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Nevada City, CA on Sunday, Nov. 27.
This September, The Who‘s Pete Townshend will bring his 1973 brainchild Quadrophenia to four different venues across the country with a special twist: a full accompanying classical orchestra. The performances will also feature 80’s hit maker Billy Idol and vocalist Alfie Boe, who will sing the parts that Roger Daltrey voiced on the original album.Said Townshend in a statement, “I’m thrilled to be bringing Classic Quadrophenia Stateside through the month of September. Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike. I couldn’t be more excited to see it continue in the U.S.”Townshend premiered the “Classic Quadrophenia” concept in London in 2015. The U.S. mini-tour will stop at Tanglewood in Western MA, followed by a pair of performances at New York City’s famous Metropolitan Opera House and a final show at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.“Classic Quadrophenia” US Tour DatesSeptember 2 – Lenox, MA @ TanglewoodSeptember 9 – New York, NY @ Metropolitan Opera HouseSeptember 10 – New York, NY @ Metropolitan Opera HouseSeptember 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek TheatreFor tickets and more information, head to The Who’s website.[h/t – Rolling Stone][Cover photo via TheWho.com]
Scientists have studied crystallization since the time of Galileo, so it’s easy to imagine there’s nothing new to learn about the process.Harvard researchers might beg to differ.A new study has uncovered a previously unseen phenomenon — that curved surfaces can dramatically alter the shape of crystals as they form. The finding could have applications ranging from applying coatings to nanoparticles used in industry to aiding in drug delivery, and may even help shed light on how viruses assemble. The work, conducted by researchers at Harvard’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and funded by the National Science Foundation, is described in a Feb. 7 paper in Science.To investigate how curved surfaces affect crystallization, Vinothan Manoharan, the Gordon McKay Professor of Chemical Engineering and a professor of physics, worked with physics postdoc Guangnan Meng to develop a system in which nanoscale colloidal particles were injected into water droplets. As the particles — about 10,000 times larger than atoms or molecules — organized themselves into crystalline structures, researchers were able to observe the process in real time.“If you have the particles on a flat surface, like a piece of glass, they form a regular lattice, and they’re compact, with no preferred direction for crystal growth,” Manoharan said. “On a curved surface, however, they form a very different pattern. It looks like strips — almost like ribbons — and they branch out from different points.”Importantly, Manoharan said, researchers found that changing the curvature of the surface — by changing the radius of the water droplet — resulted in changes to the crystalized “ribbons.”Curving crystals A time-lapse video of a crystal growing on a water droplet, as seen through a confocal microscope. The crystal is composed of colloidal particles 1 micrometer in diameter (about 1/100 the width of a human hair, and 10,000 times larger than an atom). On a flat surface, the small growing crystallites could merge together to form a large domain, but on the curved surface of the droplet, the pieces cannot fit together — just as strips cut from a sheet of paper cannot perfectly cover a ball. As a result, the crystal forms ribbonlike domains that branch from one another. Guangnan Meng/Harvard University“As the droplet gets less curved, the width of those ribbons gets bigger,” he explained. “That was one of the hints that what we were seeing was the result of the curvature.”Manoharan stressed that for the new process to work, the crystals need to be able to “feel” the curvature of the structure they grow on.“This may not occur when we look at crystals made from atoms or molecules because the atoms and molecules are so small compared to the curved surface — they will not feel the curve, just like we don’t feel the curvature of the Earth when we walk around,” he said. “But if you had an atomic or molecular crystal growing on a nanoscale object, then it’s likely it would feel the curve, and when we looked at the literature, we were surprised to find reports of patterns in nanoscale crystals that look a great deal like the structures we saw.”Though the crystals’ appearance initially seemed similar to that found in snowflakes, Manoharan and Meng believe crystals on curved surfaces form through an entirely different process. The distinctive structure of snowflakes occurs, in part, due to the fact that the crystals form extremely fast, meaning water molecules don’t have time to form more compact structures. By comparison, the crystals created in water droplets by the Harvard team in some cases took hours to form.Meng and Manoharan brought their results to David Nelson, the Arthur K. Solomon Professor of Biophysics and a professor of physics and applied physics, and applied physics grad student Jayson Paulose. The two were able to create a model that helped explain the structure of the crystals.“The reason we see these structures is similar to the reason it’s impossible to accurately depict the surface of the Earth on a flat, two-dimensional map,” Manoharan said. “The analogy I like to use is that the crystals are like pieces of paper and you’re trying to somehow use them to gift-wrap a basketball.”Unlike paper, though, the crystals Manoharan’s team created can’t be creased, and they’re far too brittle to stretch across a curved surface. The result, he said, is that they tear, creating the ribbon structure.Understanding how the process works could prove invaluable in a host of industrial and pharmaceutical applications.“Nanoparticles are used in a number of different industries — they can be coated with metals for industrial use, or they can be coated to allow them to enter cells for drug delivery,” he said. “If that coating has some crystallinity to it, our results suggest that it may adopt patterns like those we see here.”The newly discovered crystallization process might also someday inform study of the mechanics of how the protein shells of viruses assemble.“Viruses are essentially shells of protein that encapsulate some genetic material,” he said. “One of the open questions in virology today is how that protein shell goes from a disordered state to form the viral capsule, and it’s possible this process we discovered may inform our understanding of that self-assembly process. Of course, in the long term, our hope is that if we can understand that process, we may eventually be able to interrupt it.”
On Tuesday, Congressman Jason Chaffettz of Utah proposed two bills to the 115th Congress of the United States, both of which pose direct threats to public land on as many as ten western states.The first bill, H.R. 621, aims “to direct the Secretary of the Interior to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for disposal, and for other purposes.”Congressman Jason Chaffettz has introduced two bills to the 115th congress that are detrimental to public lands in the American West.The brazen language of H.R. 621 is pretty self explanatory. If enacted, the bill would authorize the sale of 3.3 million acres of public land—land managed by both the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management—that Chaffettz and his cohorts in Congress deem “suitable for disposal.”Chaffettz didn’t stop there. He proposed another bill, H.R. 622, that seeks to revoke funding from the law enforcement arms of the Bureau of Land BLM and USFS—a move that would gut essential agenicies that are already in dire need of enhanced federal assistance.According to the USFS, law enforcement personnel are “an integral part of the overall management of the National Forest System that ensure prevention, investigation, enforcement, and program management requirements are fully integrated into all National Forest System resource management programs.”They play a critical role in things like poaching prevention and land use regulation.Proponents of the plan say that this responsibility will be assumed by local sheriffs, but conservation advocates like Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and the Theodore Roosevelt Convervation Partnership mantiain that, if USFS and BLM law enforcement funding is depleted, large swaths of our Forest Service and BLM land will be transformed into unmanaged quagmires.Anti-public lands advocates are currently directing their fight at lands west of the Mississippi, but every victory leaves them more emboldened, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t put the East in their crosshairs if they find success in their current endeavor.To contact your representatives dial the capital switchboard at (202)224-3121. You can also contact Rep. Chaffettz directly here or call his office at (801) 851-2500.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Okay, great. So you’ve had a strategic planning session. Everyone sat around a big table, talked a lot, shared ideas, got down in the weeds about controversial topics and maybe even worked with an outside moderator.You’ve got your plan, printed in full color on glossy paper, bound in folders and in the hands of each participant.Terrific. Now what? A key part of your strategic planning session actually happens after everyone leaves the table that day. This key element is answered by a simple question — who the heck owns this thing?That’s right — who owns your strategic plan? Is it your bank or credit union president? Members of the board? Maybe your marketing/branding expert or even someone in business development?The answer is — everybody owns your strategic plan. Your strategic planning team absolutely must walk away from the table with the understanding that everybody involved, from the CEO/president down the organizational chart, has full ownership of this puppy. continue reading »
Paying credit card interestMake a plan to pay off your credit cards as quickly as possible, then set up reminders to pay them in full each month.Utility WasteThere is a really good chance you are wasting your utilities, such as water and electricity. Here are some energy and water wasters to keep in mind.Leaving devices plugged in. Even if a device is switched off it will sometimes still draw power.Having a well maintained lawn. Watering your lawn is very costly and is not environmentally friendly.Poor insulation will cost you more money to cool and heat your home.Using old and outdated appliances.Paying for things that are freeI love Starbucks too, but making coffee at home is a great way to save money. Here are some other things you can get for free:Water. Carrying a reusable water bottle is way more cost effective than paying for bottled water. (Plus drinking more water is good for your health)Borrowing books, movies, and magazines from the libraryFree meals, sign up for birthday coupons. What a great way to treat yourself on your birthday!Entertainment. Many cities embrace farmer’s markets, free museum days, and community sports games.Perks and benefits through your workplace. For example, my husband’s company offers gym membership reimbursement.Living above your meansThis is easy. Live by this motto: Spend less than you make (or a lot less than you make).Paying for a gym membership you rarely useDo you spend $10 or more each month to have a tag on your keys with the name of the gym you send money to? Exactly.Here are some more affordable options:Ditch the gym entirely and workout at home. There are a ton of home workouts for free on YouTube.Go on hikes! If you can, this is a free and scenic option.Find a drop in gym where you can pay by the day. 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It is becoming increasingly clear that in order to be better positioned for the future of banking, new skills and capabilities will be required. Organizations will definitely need to invest in human resources, balancing the diverse development needs of current and future employees. In response to this challenge, financial institutions are trying to determine how employee development can be better integrated into the digital and technological goals and strategies that are increasingly fluid in the banking industry.When determining the best way forward, banks and credit unions are working to improve communication, involvement and participation of employees in various internal training programs. Alternatively, some are emphasizing and providing incentives for personal development options as opposed to formal training, with staff empowerment being the mission. Whatever direction is taken, it is becoming increasingly clear that learning will increasingly become a competitive advantage and/or a survival tool in financial services. continue reading »
Stefanie Brown at the historic Cintra House which she is selling. Picture: Peter Wallis.The second highest sale in Queensland in 2017, according to property data firm CoreLogic, was on the Gold Coast, where a palatial Hope Island mansion changed hands for $16.75 million.A Vietnamese businessman bought the waterfront residence at 2620-2622 Virginia Drive after just five days on the market. The view from 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, which set a new home sale record for Brisbane in 2018.Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire, who brokered the landmark sale, along with four of the top five house sales of 2017, is optimistic a new record could be set this year.“There are a number of property owners I’m talking to that may, or may not, potentially do something this year (that would see a new record set),” Mr Lancashire said.“There are not too many properties in Brisbane that have the capacity to do that, however, there are some amazing homes.“It’s just whether the ducks line up for the sellers.”Mr Lancashire said he was aware of at least two properties that could fetch more than 1 Leopard Street.“Brisbane is undervalued compared to the southern states,” he said.“I think $20 million is the next Brisbane barrier — that’s definitely an achievable target.” THE COST OF RENOVATING REVEALED Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire (L), with Hamish Bowman, negotiated four of the top five house sales in 2017, including the house behind them at 24 Palm Ave, Ascot. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said there was potential for Brisbane homes to fetch even higher prices in 2018, with a fresh wave of interstate migration likely to drive prices higher.“Migration to Queensland is picking up from New South Wales and Victoria where people are accustomed to much higher prices,” Mr Kusher said.“I wouldn’t be surprised to see higher priced sales this year than we saw last year just because although the market’s not really hot, you are seeing some growth and people are moving here from areas where it’s a lot more expensive.”Macquarie Bank expects about 130,000 people to move from Sydney to Brisbane in the next three years, bringing with them an estimated $8.1 billion. DIYERS COMING UNSTUCK But Mr Kusher admitted it would be a hard task to eclipse the record set by 1 Leopard Street. The opulent residence spanning three levels features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, an internal lift, a gym, a sound proof cinema, a wine cellar and marble flooring imported from Greece.A heated infinity lap pool and spa span the width of the property on the cliff’s edge, offering almost 72 metres of uninterrupted views of the Brisbane River and city skyline.“That’s a pretty unique property,” he said.“Not too many properties have a view like that.“But it’s not unrealistic to see a $10 million sale this year.“What you can get for $10 million in Brisbane, you’d probably pay $30 million for in Sydney.” 1 Leopard St Kangaroo Point has sold for $18MBRISBANE’S housing market could smash through the $20 million price ceiling in 2018 on the back of a record-breaking year that heralded a new era for the city’s property sector.With an exodus of Sydney and Melbourne homeowners predicted to sell up and move to the Sunshine State this year, agents say the only way is up for prestige property prices.The top sale of 2017 in Queensland was a clifftop Kangaroo Point home, which sold for a whopping $18.48 million — easily eclipsing the prior $14 million record set in late 2014 when mining magnate Gina Rinehart bought a home in Aaron Ave, Hawthorne.The luxurious home at 1 Leopard Street became Brisbane’s most expensive residential property when it settled in March last year.It was also one of the 25 most expensive home sales of 2017 in Australia. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The view from the bathtub in the apartment at 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm.A two-floor, “sky home” apartment in New Farm was the most expensive unit sale of the year in Queensland, fetching $6.15 million.The property at 10/170 Bowen Tce features four bedrooms and four bathrooms over two levels, with amazing views of the city from every room.Place managing director Sarah Hackett said homes of that quality rarely became available in Brisbane, but there was definitely a strong appetite for them.“There are people that have that sort of money looking to buy in Brisbane … but trying to find them a property that suits them is hard,” she said.“Those properties do exist, but the owners are mostly happy living in them!”She said she and her husband, Damian, had sold $9 million worth of property in the week before Christmas.“The end of the year was really strong and I think (2018) will start strong,” she said.One of the properties on the market with the potential to breach the $20 million barrier is the opulent house built by one of Australia’s most notorious businessmen, Christopher Skase. This house at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, is tipped to sell for more than $14 million.The four-storey home had been expected to set a new record for Brisbane before 1 Leopard St sold.Other properties with the potential to fetch big dollars if they sell this year include ‘Cintra House’ at 23 Boyd St, Bowen Hills, which is one of Brisbane’s oldest and most prestigious homes, and ‘Rivergum Retreat’ at 36 Needham St, Fig Tree Pocket, which is owned by Linc Energy founder Peter Bond. This home at 2620-2622 Virginia Dr, Hope Island, fetched $16.75m in 2017.Further north, the biggest house sale of the year in Cairns was at Trinity Park for $2.5 million, while a house in Townsville’s North Ward fetched $1.825 million.TOP QLD HOME SALES OF 2017BRISBANEHouses Price Sale Date Address1. $18.48m March 2017 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point2. $8.8m September 2017 128 Crosby Rd, Ascot3. $8.3m February 2017 24 Palm Ave, AscotMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago4. $7.6m June 2017 26 Mayfield St, Ascot5. $7.6m June 2017 2 Castleton St, HamiltonUnits Price Sale Date Address1. $6.15m March 2017 10/170 Bowen Tce, New Farm2. $5.662m March 2017 450/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead3. $4.9m June 2017 2141/32 Refinery Pde, New Farm4. $4.3m May 2017 602/1 Gray St, New Farm5. $4m May 2017 141/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead(Source: CoreLogic)GOLD COASTHouses Price Sale Date Address1. $16.5m May 2017 2620-2622 Virginia Dr, Hope Island2. $9.5m February 2017 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters3. $9m March 2017 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters4. $6.95m February 2017 The Promenade, Surfers Paradise5. $6.95m June 2017 Southern Cross Dr, Surfers ParadiseUnits Price Sale Date Address1. $5.5m April 2017 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach2. $3.795m March 2017 Brighton Pde, Southport3. $3.7m January 2017 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise4. $3.5m June 2017 Enderley Ave, Surfers Paradise5. $3.38m May 2017 The Esplanade, Palm Beach(Source: CoreLogic)TOWNSVILLEHouse Price Sale Date Address1. $1.825m August 2017 Cleveland Tce, North Ward2. $1.4m May 2017 Saltwater Dr, Toomulla3. $1.25m May 2017 Landsborough St, North Ward4. $1.2m February 2017 Panorama Crt, North Ward5. $1.12m May 2017 Edinburgh Crt, Castle HillUnit Price Sale Date Address1. $1.4 October 2017 The Strand, North Ward2. $1.2m September 2017 Walker St, Townsville City3. $1.19m November 2017 Mariners Dr, Townsville City4. $1.15m April 2017 Mariners Dr, Townsville City5. $1.1m May 2017 Mariners Dr, Townsville City(Source: CoreLogic)CAIRNSHouse Price Sale Date Address1. $2.5m October 2017 Brindabella Quay, Trinity Park2. $2.15m November 2017 Apollo Quay, Trinity Park3. $2.025m October 2017 Knott Crt, Whitfield4. $1.75m February 2017 Marina Quay, Trinity Park5. $1.5m February 2017 Gaway St, CaravonicaUnit Price Sale Date Address1. $2.35m January 2017 Marlin Pde, Cairns City2. $1.25m February 2017 Grafton St, Cairns City3. $1.2m February 2017 Esplanade, Cairns North4. $1.1m March 2017 Marlin Pde, Cairns City5. $1.1m September 2017 Colonel Cummings Dr, Palm Cove(Source: CoreLogic) The opulent mansion built by Christopher Skase could break records if it sells in 2018.The nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion, known as ‘Bromley’, at 36 Dickson Tce, Hamilton, was built in 1988 at a reported build cost of $35 million and was extensively renovated ten years later.A luxury residence built into the side of a hill at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, is tipped to change hands for more than $14 million — when the right buyer comes along.
38 Views no discussions HealthLifestyle Top five flat-belly foods by: – November 6, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Share Photo credit: hundredtenpounds.wordpress.comFive foods for a flat stomachDreaming of a flat stomach without hitting the gym? The good news is your dream may not be too far away. Whether you’re hoping to blitz away a muffin top or are battling with bloating, your diet is integral to shaping up this problem area. Start eating your way to a trimmer waistline with these top five foods for a flat stomach.Flat stomach food 1: Flax seedsFlax seeds (often referred to as linseeds) are nutritious seeds packed with monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) – which are actually a lot more diet-friendly than they sound. Monounsaturated fats, unlike saturated fats (the “bad” fats found in junk food), not only lower cholesterol levels but they can also help to reduce body fat. Liz Vaccariello, author of The Flat Belly Diet, advocates these healthy fats for those wanting to specifically target belly fat.Not only will these super seeds tackle love handles, but they are great for those suffering from bloating. Flax seeds provide high levels of fiber and can help to keep the digestive system running smoothly, helping to banish bloating, constipation and other digestive problems. Try adding a tablespoon of freshly ground flax seeds to your morning cereal, lunchtime salad, or homemade smoothie to start enjoying their belly-flattening benefits.Flat stomach food 2: BerriesBlackberries, blueberries, acai berries… what do these fruits have in common? They could all help you to squeeze back into your skinny jeans. Studies have suggested that those wanting to lose their belly fat should opt for fruit that is blue or red in colour (such as cherries, red grapes and many types of berries). In fact, it is the chemicals that are responsible for giving these fruits their colour (anthocyanins) that, according to recent research, also burn abdominal fat.Flat stomach food 3: YoghurtNot only is yogurt low in fat and calories, so good as a weight loss food, but many yogurts also contain active cultures (probiotics) which promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and help with digestion, excess gas and bloating. Yoghurt is luckily easy to fit into any diet plan as part of a meal or a snack between meals. You could also try combining natural yogurt, berries and flax seeds in a morning smoothie or bowl of cereal, getting you off to a great tummy-trimming start before you even leave the house.Flat stomach food 4: Whole grainsWhole grains are great for weight management and shedding those excess pounds. Not only are they a low-fat source of slow-release energy but, due to their high levels of fiber, they will help to regulate the digestive system and also keep you feeling fuller for longer. Eating whole grains also helps to lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and insulin in the body, both of which encourage fat to be stored around the belly.Many people, however, instinctively opt for wheat as their primary source of whole grains, which is often not the best choice. Not only is wheat difficult to digest – which can cause bloating in some – but it is better to eat grains in their natural form rather than as a processed flour. Good alternatives to try are brown rice, oats, buckwheat and spelt. Quinoa – although technically a seed – is also a nutritious alternative that can be used in the place of grains such as pasta and couscous.Flat stomach food 5: Water or other still drinksWhile it’s not technically a food, a lack of water in your diet could be the one thing still standing in your way of a flat stomach. Bloating is something that affects many women and the problem is often worsened – or even instigated – by a lack of fluids in the system. Drinking water will help to flush toxins out of the system, curb hunger, improve the digestive system and reduce fluid retention, all of which will leave your stomach looking flatter.If you are aiming for a flat belly, it is important to drink a minimum of eight glasses of liquids a day. Although this does not have to be water, it is best to go for liquids that are still (fizzy drinks can cause bloating) and low in calories. If you don’t fancy plain water, a good alternative is green tea – which is also rumoured to have fat burning benefits – or fennel, dandelion or peppermint teas, all of which can combat bloating.Real Buzz
(File photo)Franklin County Surveyor Joe Gillespie estimates about one hundred unmaintained roads will be impacted if commissioners decide to vacate old roads.The plan is to vacate roads that are not managed by the Franklin County Highway Department and not in the official county road system, such as a dead end.Commissioners look to relieve the roads from the county to avoid maintenance costs and liability, according to the Franklin County Observer.The surveyor advises property owners that do not want their road vacated to notify him.Commissioners could vote on a mass vacation of all roads unless they receive an objection, which could then be voted on by a case-by-case basis.A public hearing date has not been set.