This fall, The Disco Biscuits hit Las Vegas for a run leading up to Halloween joining Phish in Sin City and inevitably turning the city into a mecca for jam aficionados. The Biscuits have been releasing pro-shot videos from Vegas in recent weeks, with a video of “Once The Fiddler Paid” from their final night of the run debuting last week.Now, the Biscuits have added a clip from their performance on the 28th with the release of a video of “Helicopters.” The pro-shot video captures the first rendition of “Helicopters,” which kicked off a giant “Helicopters” sandwich that ended the first set of that night. Following a cover of the 80’s classic hit, “The Safety Dance,” this 24-minute “Helicopters” builds on itself beautifully, cutting out before the band moved into “Hot Air Balloon” and “Astronaut” before ending the show with a return to this first track. Check out video from the night below, courtesy of the band.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Brooklyn Bowl Vegas | Las Vegas, NV | 10/28/2016 Set One: Resurrection> The Safety Dance> Helicopters> Hot Air Balloon> Astronaut> HelicoptersSet Two: Above The Waves> Floes> Above The Waves> Tricycle> Above The WavesEncore: Frog Legs
We take a fresh look at Housing Day, one of the many hallowed traditions at Harvard University.
Is that headline over the top? Perhaps 🙂On the other hand, it’s obvious when you think about it and also nothing new.It’s the short answer to the question, “Chad, why are you incredibly pumped about being the new leader of VCE?”Let’s start by really understanding the word platform.In the Military domain: “…solid ground on which artillery pieces are mounted.”In the Political domain: “…a public statement of the principles, objectives, and policy of a political party.” In the Digital technology domain: “…a major piece of software, as an operating system, an operating environment, or a database, under which various smaller application programs can be designed to run.”The common pattern? A platform is a foundation, something you consume and build on versus something you decompose. In fact, the core value is that it is not decomposable. It must be used whole. When someone tries to decompose a platform, it loses its value, its purpose, its animus.In the past, the IT platform domains were primarily “server, network, storage, database, client, application, security.” Virtualization started the trend of mashing up server/network/storage by making the technical lines dividing those domains very blurry. Public IaaS clouds finished the job, making the dividing lines invisible. SaaS and PaaS models then moved the bar of platform further.In IT, the idea of a platform is nothing new. It’s always existed. So, it’s by definition the end game.What is changing – and disrupting massive ecosystems – is where platforms begin and end.Three reasons why I’m so pumpedReason OneStorage, compute and networking domains are commoditizing. Can anyone disagree? It’s not that there won’t be great innovations in sub-component stacks. There will be tons of new things like VMware NSX and Horizon, like EMC DSSD, XtremIO, and Neutrino. There will be things like VSAN and ScaleIO from VMware and EMC together and things like Cisco ACI and UCS Director.In open source land, the point solution innovation is overwhelmingly fast and furious. There will be innovations in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and the Openstack ecosystem; there will be Mesos releases, Docker updates, and the VMware Photon Platform, EMC RackHD, REX-Ray and so much more. It can feel never-ending.Of course there will be tons of innovations by our competitors too! And YES all those ingredients are awesome. 🙂But, the game is shifting towards “Buy commodity vs. Build where you differentiate.” I firmly believe that customers are thinking more strategically about where they buy vs. build, redefining where the new commodity line is drawn, which leads to…Reason TwoThe lowest common denominator of that new commodity line is convergence in consumption of infrastructure as virtualized pools of compute/network/storage with an integrated consumption and management model.This comes in 3 system-level architectures:Blocks – traditional virtualized system architectures; packaged for turnkey consumptionRacks – hyper-converged virtualized industry standard servers with software-defined storage and networking stacks; designed as a system to scale big; much simpler operational models than traditional stacks, scaling in simpler linear waysAppliances – hyper-converged virtualized industry standard servers with software-defined storage and networking stacks; designed as a system to start small; much simpler operational models than traditional stacks, scaling in simpler linear waysIn 2016, the people still building and trying to optimize their own stacks are wasting their time (with small exceptions that are very workload-centric). It’s not that they aren’t smart or capable. It’s more that if you ARE smart and capable, focus on something that provides more value, which leads to…Reason ThreeThe higher order version of choosing “what you build vs. what you buy” and where you draw the commodity line is the next layer up in the stack: turnkey IaaS /PaaS (on and off premises, and in every form of capex/opex economic model) and SaaS models.Turnkey IaaS and PaaS are not actually turnkey yet. There is a window to make it that way – and EMC, VMware, Pivotal are in a better position than anyone to do that. It requires a pivot in some strategic thinking and posture – becoming more opinionated (while still always offering choice – that’s a brand promise). You can see the industry running to this point (see the EMC Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, Cisco Metapod, Mantl, IBM’s bluebox efforts, and Azure on-prem work).None of us have nailed it yet – but we will.If you agree with point #1 (the commoditization of components)…Then the center of the infrastructure universe is at the same place as the center of the universe for making storage/networking/compute convergence the new “commodity” domain. That’s at VCE within EMC. This strikes me as the center of that new entity.If you agree with point #2 (the new base commodity layer is converged/hyper-converged)…Then you want to be at the place that is the clear leader in converged infrastructure. That’s clearly VCE. VCE exits FY15 on an even higher run rate than the $2 billion+ we previously disclosed, demonstrating the resonance of the VCE value proposition and the tremendous growth potential of CI.For perspective, one of the other leaders in this space made their current run-rate public in an S-1 filing. It highlights a 4x delta. It also makes clear why everyone would target VCE as a leader in this category and that’s OK (competition is good for everyone)!Today, VCE is synonymous with Vblock, which is in the “Block” category of CI. Blocks are an important category and will continue to grow as the best way to support workloads in certain scales, industries and use cases. Vblock is an unquestionable leader in this part of the market – and in 2016 we will DOUBLE DOWN on Vblock with our partner Cisco.If you look at the incredible success VCE had in 2015 – a huge portion of that $2B bookings run rate is directly attributable to the success of Vblock. That formula is a winning formula we have developed and nurtured in partnership with Cisco over 6 years. It is a strong partnership – and one we will be doubling down and investing to grow. Vscale, the Vblock (in particular the VB500), as well as expansion/upgrades/refreshes into the enormous Vblock installed base – these are all areas that benefit EMC, Cisco, and most importantly – the customer.While Racks and Appliances represent critical new growth engines to the Converged Infrastructure business – let there be no doubt – our partnership with Cisco is central to our Converged Infrastructure plan.BUT hyper-converged models are an area of massive growth. VCE will not rest on the laurels of success in the Block category, rather we will disrupt ourselves to become a leader in hyper-converged Rack scale and Appliance forms of CI. These are different in a ton of ways than the well-established Block CI model (operationally, economically, technologically, and as a business model).Can we do it? Only results speak. Self-disruption is something that needs to be a core competency. VCE has it. We absolutely can be the leader in all three forms of CI (Blocks, Racks, and Appliances). Customers want partners who are more than a one-trick pony and offer a CI portfolio. We plan on doing it and will do it. Period.If you agree with point #3 (turnkey IaaS/PaaS/Data Fabrics are the “emerging commodity layer”)…Then you would want to be in the place where “turnkey buy vs. build” moves to the next level, where you could take the value of an engineered system and make it include engineered solutions.Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure are simply a means to an end for customers. They dream of a turnkey IaaS/PaaS/Data stack.The team that builds solutions like the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud stack, the Federation Business Data Lake, and what we will soon reveal as our solution for new Cloud Native app development – they are part of the same team building converged infrastructure.We can move commoditization further up the stack. We can aggregate, industrialize, and curate the technologies of EMC, VMware and Pivotal. 2015 had a lot of great solutions work – but it still hasn’t been turnkey enough, curated enough. We can do that. It will take a little longer – but that’s the big opportunity.I can even dream of a day where all IT is consumed as a Platform. VCE is now the Converged Platforms Division of EMCOur mission is simple:Shift customers upward towards “buy vs. build.” Focus on delivering the business outcome – the cake, not the ingredients.Broaden the domain of Converged Infrastructure with a portfolio of Blocks, Racks, and Appliances.Raise the bar on defining new commodity into the IaaS/PaaS/Data Fabric domain. Bring the simplicity of public cloud IaaS/PaaS models to cases where the right answer is on-premises.Help power Virtustream and other parts of the Federation that deliver those elements as managed services and public cloud offers.Now, in addition to leading VCE, I continue to lead the EMC Global Systems Engineering community. All of my almost brothers and sisters in the EMC SE team will now be able to tap into the resources of VCE and vice versa. We can get the same 1+1=3 with the sales teams, the engineering teams, the customer service and professional services teams. That is powerful!VCE as the Converged Platform Division is at the center of EMC’s business strategy. Converged Platforms – both Infrastructure (Blocks, Racks, Appliances) and Solutions (IaaS, PaaS, Data Fabrics) are at the center of what customers want – and represent a path towards a simplified and accelerated IT world.It’s an incredible team, an incredible opportunity – and 2016 will be an AWESOME year! I’m PUMPED!Forward-Looking Statement LegendThis release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. 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Christopher Damian, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame class of 2013, discussed the intersection of homosexuality, Catholicism and theology in his presentation “Gay and Catholic,” hosted Thursday evening by the Gender Relations Center and the Institute for Church Life.Damian spoke about his journey toward reconciling his sexual identity with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Damian recounted his struggle to understand his identity throughout his undergraduate years.“How could I see my studies through a unified lens, if I couldn’t see myself as a unified person?” he said.Damian said one of the most difficult aspects he encountered while accepting his sexuality was how to understand the Church’s teachings regarding homosexuality and intimacy. Damian said he frequently questioned whether or not he would be able to fully engage in relationships with others, a question which poses a significant problem for LGBTQ-identifying Catholics.“I was worried that I couldn’t have friendship with anyone,” Damian said. “I wondered if my life as a Catholic was doomed to failure.”Damian said the language and rhetoric of the Catechism regarding homosexuality tends to be misrepresented and misunderstood by Catholics, specifically passages that refer to homosexuality as an intrinsic disorder. Damian said the focus on condemning the identity of LGBTQ individuals often leads to unnecessary rejection.“We should be careful about the things we say about sexual-minority students,” he said. “If Christians make claims about these people that seem blatantly untrue, this will cause others to question these issues and Christianity as a whole.”Damian said there is a need to define adequately the nature of the celibate vocation established for gay Catholics as well as address the definitions of friendship and intimacy for LGBTQ Catholics. He said celibacy allows others to engage in a life of self-giving love and reflect on the true nature of desire for intimacy.“The Church’s limitations are not meant to close us off, but rather, to open us up,” Damian said. “The Church places limitations so that we may be drawn deeper into reflection on where our intimacies and desires can lead us.”Damian said the definition of homosexuality can be highly misunderstood within the broader cultural context. Although sexuality and sexual orientation are frequently understood to be rigid and focused purely on sexual intimacy, “sexual attraction is very fluid and contextual,” he said.“I’m going to argue that the way in which the Catechism treats homosexuality is actually quite different for how it’s understood in the broader culture,” Damian said. “The more I’ve thought about it, it seems to me that while the desire for sexual intimacy with a person of the same sex is a significant part of the gay experience, it is only one aspect of it.”Damian said understanding homosexuality and identity requires understanding the transformative nature of the Church.“Catholicism never leaves things as they are,” he said. “It deepens, purifies and transforms all things it comes into contact with. So history becomes more than just history. For the Church, it can be deepened into salvation history.”Tags: Christopher Damian, Gay and Catholic, Gender Relations Center, Institute for Church Life, LGBTQ
Yasmine Syed, the recently elected Republican town supervisor, raised several concerns with items on the agenda of the Niskayuna Town Board’s March 27 meeting. None of the four Democrats on the five-member town board (John Della Ratta, Denise Murphy McGraw, Bill McPartion and Lisa Nemza Weber) made any comments on anything raised by Syed. None. Yet, when the board proceeded to a vote, the four Democrats voted for each item and against Syed. Each item passed by a 4-1 vote.It’s fair to conclude that this four-member Democratic block on the town board has adopted a tactic intended to punish the Republican supervisor for having won the election. Unfortunately, town residents are also being punished. We have become collateral damage in this battle and are now no longer told why the four Democrats favor or oppose any item on which they are voting. If residents wish to again know why the Democrats are voting as they are, it seems we must vote Syed or the other four town board members out of office.Elmer F. BertschNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The home at 390-402 Benhiam St, Calamvale.A CHINESE buyer has paid $7 million for a property with two titles in the outer Brisbane suburb of Calamvale — but he has no plans to develop it.The six-bedroom, brick home on a huge 20,400sq m site at 390-402 Benhiam Street attracted more than 100 people to its first open home, but there was one offer the owners could not refuse.Ray White Sunnybank Hills principal Eric Li, who negotiated the sale, said the buyer offered $7 million unconditional with a two-week settlement on the spot.“He just wanted to buy straight away,” Mr Li said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“He could see the competition and didn’t want to miss out.” The property at 390-402 Benhiam St, Calamvale.Mr Li said the buyer had been looking for a big block of land in the area and was very keen to buy.Perhaps surprisingly, he plans to move straight in with no intentions of developing the property.Mr Li said it was another example of the appetite from Chinese buyers for property in the Sunnybank area.The house is about 25 years old and has five bathrooms and a 10-car garage. It’s close to public transport, shops and Sunnybank. Calamvale is 17km from the CBD and has a median house price of $650,000.
The Swedish financial services authority has announced it will amend its proposed IORP II regulations regarding the calculation of balance sheet provisions for occupational pension funds.The announcement follows critical responses from several major pension providers to a consultation on the draft proposal for new regulations on occupational pension activities.In their joint response last month, Folksam, AMF and Alecta said the new rules would negatively affect both pension savers and employers.The regulator – Finansinspektionen (FI) – has now made a draft addition to its previous proposal, including an amended rule for calculating capital requirements for share price risk and new rules for an alternative method for calculating the long-term forward rate (UFR). This is the rate at the far end of the interest rate curve that pension funds use to determine provisions. Lars-Åke Vikberg, chief executive of Swedish pension fund SPK, told Danish pensions news service Pensionsnyheterna that infrastructure would, relatively speaking, come out a little better in the new proposal from FI.“It is good. Infrastructure investment fits very well into pension portfolios, which are naturally very long-term,” he was reported as saying.It was also positive that the regulator was allowing pension funds a phase-in of the UFR and did not have to apply the EIOPA rate immediately, he said.“FI has listened to criticism from the referral bodies,” Vikberg said.FI has set a tight deadline for written comments on the supplementary proposal of 14 October, and also invited parties to make oral submissions directly at a meeting convened for that day.The new regulations are currently scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2020.
Tyson Gay, back on the track hours after his world leading 9.75 seconds in the 100 meters, comfortably advanced through the opening round of the 200 meters at the U.S. world championships trials in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.“I am not trying to be Superman,” said Gay, who clocked a wind-assisted 20.14 seconds in his bid to run a sprint double at the August 10-18 championships in Moscow.Although he managed only a couple hours’ sleep after his speedy 100 meters win over Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin, Gay told reporters: “After I warmed up this morning I decided to go ahead (and run) because I am healthy. That’s the key.”His time was the third fastest behind Isiah Young (20.09) and Curtis Mitchell (20.11). All were wind-assisted.Gatlin, who is nursing a strained hamstring, chose not to run the 200.“9.8 on a leg and a half is good enough for me,” Gatlin said of his 100 meters time. The 200m semi-finals and finals are on Sunday, the concluding day of the meeting.
Six weeks after Shohei Ohtani was diagnosed with a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament that threatened his use as a pitcher, perhaps until 2020, he was cleared on Thursday to begin a throwing program.Tests showed continued healing in his elbow from the platelet-rich plasma injection and stem-cell therapy that he underwent last month, the Angels announced. It’s a significant piece of surprising good news for a team that has been ravaged by injuries.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Based on the time Ohtani missed and what’s typical for this type of rehab, the best-case scenario would be for Ohtani to be able to pitch in games by the beginning of September.“We were obviously pleased with the results of his evaluation, and we are looking forward to him beginning that throwing process and seeing where that eventually takes us,” general manager Billy Eppler said. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak So far Ohtani’s progress has been better than when Garrett Richards had PRP treatment in 2016. Richards was diagnosed with a torn UCL in early May, and initially slated for Tommy John surgery. He then got further opinions that led him to PRP, but he still didn’t resume throwing until August.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Richards returned to pitch at 100 percent by instructional league in October 2016. Although he’d dealt with other injuries subsequently, his ligament remained intact until this month, when it finally gave way. Richards is now scheduled for Tommy John surgery next week.JC Ramírez also underwent PRP to treat a damaged UCL in September 2017, and he didn’t resume throwing until November. Ramírez also appeared to be healthy, before eventually tearing the ligament after two starts in 2018.Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano briefly tried PRP in 2016, but both ended up having Tommy John surgery before they were cleared to throw.The Angels have never discussed the specifics of Ohtani’s damaged UCL, beyond calling it a grade 2 sprain. Eppler, however, said that no doctor had ever told him that Ohtani needed Tommy John surgery. Ohtani began throwing immediately, playing catch at a distance of up to 60 feet on Thursday afternoon.Ohtani still has several significant tests to overcome before the Angels know when he can pitch again. He will need to slowly increase the intensity of his throwing, up to game speed, before they can be confident enough that his ligament will hold for him to proceed without surgery.If Ohtani, 24, still ends up needing to have Tommy John surgery, the Angels would likely want to know that before mid October, so he could have the procedure and be ready for the 2020 season.In the meantime, Ohtani was cleared to resume hitting three weeks ago, and he returned to the Angels lineup just over two weeks ago. Ohtani, who is 6 for 24 since returning, is hitting .283 with an .887 OPS this season.On the mound, Ohtani has a 3.10 ERA in nine starts. He last pitched on June 6, the day before the UCL damage was discovered. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
After losing narrowly to Ireland, England must beat the old enemy Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) if they are to retain the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines. England went down 7-8 to the Irish, holding them 6-6 in the singles after being edged out 2-3 in the morning foursomes. “It was very disappointing,” said England team manager Derek Hughes. “We have very good performances from the middle order but we didn’t get anything from the top three matches. “Normally you expect to get at least a point from there but it was a day when the big names didn’t deliver. You can’t take anything away from Ireland but the lads are sure to go out tomorrow to make up for today.” The morning foursomes was a session of low scoring as both teams took full advantage of benign conditions at the tree-lined parkland course. The best scoring of all came from the second match where the English pairing of local Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Haydn McCullen were simply too hot to handle.They defeated the experienced Paul McBride and Jack Walsh 6&5 in an exemplary display of precision and ball striking. The English duo recorded seven consecutive birdies from the second hole, or put another way, Ireland were two under after nine holes but found themselves four down. The pairing of Harry Ellis and Ben Amor teamed up for the second day and enjoyed a comprehensive 5&3 win over Alec Myles and Rowan Lester. They raced 4-up after six holes before Ireland rallied. However, Ellis and Amor closed out the match with a birdie at the 15th. The Irish pair of Jordan Hood and Gareth Lappin never trailed against Robert Burlison and Bobby Keeble and ran out 2&1 winners with a birdie at the 17th and it was a similar story for Sean Flanagan and Ronan Mullarney in the bottom match against Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore and they also won on the 17th by 3&1. It meant the decisive match was the top tie where Ireland’s Robin Dawson and James Sugrue were one down with three to play before turning it around and winning on the 18th against Adam Chapman and Marco Penge. In the singles, the top three matches went Ireland’s way with Chapman, Penge and Turner all losing, Turner by 5&4 and the other two on the final green. With the middle order of McCullen, Burlison, Amor and Singh Brar all coming out on top, it left the score at 6-6. But only Keeble managed to achieve a victory, winning 3&2, but Moore and Ellis were both on the wrong end of their scorlines. 7 Aug 2013 England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat