Phish has unveiled their latest archival live release via LivePhish. For this new official release, the band takes fans back to July 19th, 1991 at Somerville, MA’s Somerville Theatre. The performance marked Phish’s sixth stop at the Boston-area venue, where they were joined by The Giant Country Horns and Jon Fishman‘s mother, Mimi Fishman. The latest audio release out of Phish’s extensive vault marks only the second LivePhish release ever featuring The Giant Country Horns, which included Dave Grippo, Russell Remington, and Carl Gerhard.This show featured The Giant Country Horns for all songs excluding “Fee”, “Squirming Coil”, “I Didn’t Know”, “My Sweet One”, and “Runaway Jim”. Phish’s first set featured noteworthy, horn-heavy takes on “Golgi Apparatus”, “David Bowie”, “You Enjoy Myself”, and “Gumbo”, the latter of which featured Jon Fishman on trombone. The band opened up their second set with a rockin’ “Suzy Greenberg”, which was followed up by exploratory renditions of “Tweezer”, “The Mango Song”, and “Big Black Furry Creature From Mars”.Phish’s performance from July 19th, 1991 performance is now available for streaming for LivePhish+ subscribers. Fans can also download the recording here in multiple audio formats.Setlist: Phish | Somerville Theatre | Somerville, MA | 7/19/1991Set One: Golgi Apparatus, The Landlady > Bouncing Around the Room, David Bowie, Fee > Cavern, The Squirming Coil, You Enjoy Myself, Gumbo, Touch MeSet Two: Suzy Greenberg > Divided Sky, I Didn’t Know, My Sweet One, Magilla > Tweezer, The Mango Song, Big Black Furry Creature from MarsEncore: Lawn Boy > Runaway Jim Giant Country Horns. Giant Country Horns; Fish on trombone. Giant Country Horns; Fish on cowbell. Mimi Fishman on vacuum. Giant Country Horns; impromptu rapping. Carl Gerhard on trumpet. Sung as “Runaway Yim.”This show featured the Giant Country Horns for all songs except Fee, Coil, I Didn’t Know, My Sweet One, and Runaway Jim. The Bowie included Bouncing and Jeopardy! theme teases. YEM included Frankenstein teases as well as a Chameleon tease by the Horns. Gumbo featured Fish on trombone and Touch Me featured Fish on cowbell. Gumbo and BBFCFM included Giant Country Horn intros. After Touch Me, Page announced that they would be debuting the Esther animated film at the setbreak. I Didn’t Know featured Mimi Fishman on vacuum. Magilla contained an Up on the House Top tease from Carl Gerhard. Tweezer featured impromptu rapping. BBFCFM included theme from Leave It to Beaver and William Tell Overture teases during the Horn introductions and a quick tease of the I Love Lucy theme. Lawn Boy featured Gerhard, who was introduced as “Lawn Boy,” on trumpet. Runaway Jim was sung as “Runaway Yim.” This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.via phish.netPhoto via LivePhish
Sacvan Bercovitch, his generation’s foremost scholar of Puritan America and of the cultural echoes that puritanism bequeathed to modernity, died Dec. 8. He was 81.At Harvard from 1983 until his retirement in 2000, Bercovitch was the Charles H. Carswell Professor of English and American Literature and Language. During those years, he held a parallel appointment in the Department of Comparative Literature, in part because of his continuing work as a translator and champion of Yiddish literature.Until his death, Bercovitch was the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Emeritus, and maintained an office in Widener Library. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was past president of the American Studies Association, and from 1994 to 2005 was general editor of “The Cambridge History of American Literature.”Among his honors was the 2007 Bode-Pearson Prize for outstanding contributions to American studies. At the time, John Stauffer, professor of English and of African and African-American Studies, called Bercovitch “one of the great literary historians of the 20th century.” He was, Stauffer added, “one of the first American scholars to analyze the ideological and rhetorical functions of literature and to link art to political and cultural themes.”A funeral service for Bercovitch was held on Dec. 11 at Levine Chapels in Brookline, Mass. He had lived with his family in nearby Newton.In the new Harvard Department of English newsletter, longtime colleague Werner Sollors called Bercovitch “the leading Americanist for decades,” a transformative scholar who was “internationally known for his learned and provocative books.”They included “The Puritan Origins of the American Self” (1975) and “The American Jeremiad” (1978). While at Harvard, he published “The Office of ‘The Scarlet Letter,’” a densely textured 1991 study of a single novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as “The Rites of Assent: Transformations in the Symbolic Construction of America,” a 1993 collection of his essays.Said Sollors, “His readers must have guessed that he was, and his colleagues and former students knew him to be, a whimsically self-questioning, disarmingly candid, and charmingly vulnerable man who would surprise you — and then surprise you again.”Before Harvard, Bercovitch taught at Columbia and Brandeis universities and as a young scholar in the 1960s at the University of California, San Diego. During his career, he also lectured at Princeton and Stanford universities and at others around the world. His books were translated into Chinese, Hungarian, German, Italian, and other languages.He was an Americanist, one with “a global audience for the way he defined the field,” said Sollors. But his reach and imagination were never narrow.The first three essays of his career were off the American path — explorations of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” and John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” He later wove other notes into his expanding symphony of scholarship on Puritan America: looks at William Blake, Thomas Mann, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, and Thomas Kyd, along with asides in family history, the Holocaust, medical ethics, anthropology, chess, and the challenges of graduate study. (Including Columbia and Harvard, Bercovitch supervised more than 100 Ph.D. dissertations.)Whatever topic Bercovitch took on, he adopted a fearless voice, people who knew him said. One critic wrote that “The Puritan Origins of the American Self,” the book that four decades ago put the young scholar on the literary map, “so suddenly inspired such intense admiration and controversy.”Friends knew him to enjoy tweaking authority and to be skeptical of privilege and power, which may have been a legacy from his Marxist parents. Bercovitch, for instance, took delight that he was a kind of upstart who inherited Room 417 in Widener Library, the former office of patrician Harvard historian Samuel Eliot Morison.“He stylized himself modestly as a Canadian outsider,” said Sollors, “a figure from a Kafka story, or a chess player who has to deal with constantly changing rules.”Bercovitch was born in 1933 in a Jewish ghetto in Montreal. He was the first son and third child of Alexander Bercovitch and Bryna Avrutik, Jews born in the Ukraine who had survived poverty and pogroms and who all their lives hewed to a utopian socialist dream. (His mother had put her beliefs to work, joining the Red Army in 1917. She was wounded in action in 1919.)Bercovitch’s euphonious and novel first name was an amalgam of “Sacco” and “Vanzetti,” two native Italian anarchists in Massachusetts who were executed for murder in 1927, despite a massive campaign by supporters who believed them innocent. For many years, the men were revered as folk heroes of the Left.After a rough childhood that included stints in foster homes, Bercovitch studied briefly at the New School for Social Research in New York and for a year at Reed College in Oregon. Then he gave up higher education to pursue life as a dairy farmer at Kibbutz Nachshon near Israel’s troubled border with Jordan.Bercovitch returned to Montreal with his first wife, and years later recalled, “All I knew how to do was milk cows.” He juggled a daytime job at Steinberg’s, a grocery store that quickly put him on a management track. The store paid for his night school education at what was then Sir George Williams College. It was there, he said, that he discovered the joys of literature.From 1992 to 2008, as a form of repayment to his own academic origins, he once said, Bercovitch taught at the Harvard Extension School.After earning his undergraduate degree in 1961, Bercovitch in 1965 earned a Ph.D. in English at Claremont Graduate School in California. He was already an instructor at Columbia then, starting down the path to explore what made America unique. Fruitfully, he would occasionally swerve off that path.“Bercovitch is the opposite of a provincial Americanist,” wrote UCLA professor Christopher Looby in a 2002 tribute. “The literary culture of the world — ancient to modern — is the rich background against which he sets the discovered singularities of his adoptive country.” A Harvard memorial service will take place at 5 p.m. on April 17 at Memorial Church.
Legacy systems have been supporting critical business functions for many decades across many verticals. They handle billions of online transactions every day and will continue to play a critical role in business. Replacing these legacy systems is a major challenge, which most organizations are not willing to assign any budget or people toward. However, with the help of Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) platforms and web services, it is possible to unlock the operations and processes of these stove-piped applications; extending their capabilities and exposing their services.With the establishment and definition of points of integration for legacy applications, it gets easier to extend new functionality. New functionality is implemented outside the legacy code and handles most of the new business logic, business rules, and complex processing. The remainder of the process steps is then taken over by the legacy application. Establishing well-defined points of integration for the legacy application is critical here. The new services should be integrated with the legacy application at the last possible point of the process flow, where embedded functionality in the legacy application is needed to continue the process or save the data.In addition to using message queues in delivering messages from new business processes to legacy applications, legacy application services and processes can be wrapped into web services and exposed to the new processes.The newly designed services and process flows can be enhanced by the use of Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS), allowing for a centralized management of rule assets; enabling business users to define, manage, and change their domain rules without affecting the application development code.Over time, not only new functionality is implemented in this fashion, but also existing functionality originally implemented within the legacy application can be progressively exported to be part of new services. Some of the advantages of this strategy include:The complexity and CPU-intensive computation are reduced in the legacy applications. CPU cost, software licenses and maintenance fees continue to be more expensive for legacy systems.The new services are developed and tested in parallel and are implemented using the latest open source technology that may not be accessible from the legacy systems.The use of BRMS improves the organization’s agility, reduces maintenance costs and engages business analysts and subject matter experts.The new services support an overall better SOA. Applications are decoupled through the Publish/Subscribe paradigm with message queues and web services. The new services can also reach out in the cloud for other services, and can be shared and governed easily.The use of modern technology will attract and retain millennial talent.In conclusion, organizations have invested heavily over many decades in legacy applications. These applications continue to support business-critical functions. Replacing them is a daunting task, but there is no need to increase the complexity of — and investment in — the old technology.New technology proven for many years to be efficient and cost-effective can serve an enterprise well by progressively migrating functionality from legacy to modern platforms and shrinking these old systems. This progressive strategy is easier to manage, and it paves the way for the enterprise to ready itself to the next step in which new, on-premises, modern services can become good candidates to be migrated to the cloudDell Digital Business Services enables digital transformation for customers by taking a business-first approach through a robust consulting methodology to create digital strategy roadmaps for organizations, enabling new revenue models, exceptional customer engagement, and superior operational excellence. Our services leverage digital technologies including analytics, mobile, social media, cloud and Internet of Things to deliver digital solutions to customers.Visit us for more information.About the co-authorYoussef Serghat is a Solution Architect at Dell Digital Business Services. He has led and contributed to a number of enterprise and cloud integration solutions supporting customers in telecommunication, airline, e-commerce, aerospace and healthcare industries. He started his 20 years IT career when CORBA was the standard and the facto in enterprise integration and today he is using SOA, ESB, and APIs, to solve enterprise and cloud integration unique challenges. This post is co-authored by Youssef Serghat, a Solution Architect at Dell Digital Business ServicesDell Digital Business Services has helped enterprises integrate their systems with the leading enterprise integration Dell Boomi iPaaS platform. The adoption of iPaaS platforms has enabled organizations to support a wide variety of enterprise integration scenarios, including B2B, EDI, web services and industry-specific standards such as HL7. Organizations that have embarked upon digital transformation by embracing and using a combination of cloud services have seen a dramatic improvement in their business agility and an increase in their operational efficiency. However, some of these same organizations have also seen an increase in the operating cost of their legacy systems.Over time, some organizations have integrated their legacy systems with other applications, using a combination of proprietary and open source ESB platforms. But when it comes to legacy systems they have limited the use of these integration tools for protocol adaptation and data transformation. Once the data is transformed, it is then handed to the legacy application where all business logic, business rules, and heavy computing are performed. This strategy has many drawbacks.Historically, legacy applications have been mainly developed with little notion of integrating with external systems, these kinds of applications are called “stove-piped applications,” as they don’t have well-defined points of integration or interfaces in which synchronization of information can be done with other systems. This makes it difficult to integrate into an overall SOA infrastructure. Also, when new functionality is needed for a legacy application, it is implemented within the same application. For example, when a new Trading Partner (TP) needs to be on-boarded, all business logic and business rules specific to this TP are implemented within the same application’s code logic. Some of the drawbacks of this strategy include:An increased complexity of legacy applications with new code base, and additional resources and licenses needed to be purchased to support worst-case scenarios, resulting in excess capacity that often goes unused.A continued use of legacy applications as stove-piped, with no point of integration and no good support for an overall SOA enterprise.An increased complexity and no improvement in time of on-boarding new TPs. The implementation of business rules related to TPs and the incorporation of the new logic is performed in sequence, resulting in a long queue of TPs waiting to be on-boarded.An inability for the application to take advantage of outside services and applications that exist in the enterprise or in the cloud.
Related Shows The Heir Apparent Uncle knows best? The Classic Stage Company’s production of The Heir Apparent celebrates its opening night on April 9. Written by David Ives and directed by John Rando, the play stars Tony nominees David Pittu and Suzanne Bertish and will run through May 4. Suzanne Bertish Young Eraste has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and he’s bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant who could “out-Figaro” Figaro. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Pittu and Bertish are joined by Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen, Amelia Pedlow, Dave Quay and Payton Whitehead. View Comments
It is estimated that 25 billion tons of soil are lost every year due to erosion. With it taking 500 years to replace just one inch of top soil, any thing that helps to prevent erosion will benefit future generations.There are several ways to prevent erosion in the home landscape, but the most important thing you can do is cover the soil with vegetation or mulch. Grass works greatA grass lawn is one of the quickest and easiest ways to add vegetation to a large area. Sod or quick growing grass seed is often planted as a temporary measure until other landscape plants, trees and shrubs are established. However, some areas are either too shady or too steep for grass to grow well. In spots that receive less than four hours of sunlight per day, trying to grow grass is a waste of time. Grass can grow on steep slopes, but maintaining it with a lawnmower may become difficult or impractical.Ground covers hold soil in placeIn these challenging situations, consider establishing alternative ground cover plants, trees or shrubs that are best adapted to the site. The roots of these plants will help hold the soil in place and minimize erosion. There are many ground covers that can be planted to cover larger areas fairly quickly while not breaking your landscape budget. Some favorites include junipers, Japanese spurge, Asiatic jasmine, autumn fern, bugleweed, cast-iron plant, Carolina jessamine, creeping raspberry, daylilies, Japanese plum yew, evergreen candytuft, liriope, mondo grass, rosemary, St. John’s wort and phlox. Do your homework and determine which plants are best suited for sunny versus shady areas. For more information about growing these and other groundcovers in Georgia, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication about ground covers online at http://t.uga.edu/9s . The best time to install ground cover plants, and all new plants for that matter, is in the fall or winter months. Remember to mulch around these plants to fill in the gaps and cover any exposed soil. Any mulch type is better than no mulch at all. Mulch selection on steep slopes may be limited to either pine straw or finely shredded wood mulches, which tend to stay in place better than other types. Wood chips and pine bark nuggets tend to float away with heavy rains.Build a terraceIn areas that are difficult to access, it may be necessary to install an earthen ridge or terrace, which will catch runoff water, let it soak into the ground and deliver it safely to the bottom of a hillside with minimal erosion. Terraces should be installed on a hillside on the contour at regular intervals to create shorter slopes that will slow down the force of the water. Fairly level areas between the slopes could include lawn grass surrounded by a boarder of landscape plants. A more expensive and permanent approach would be to add retaining walls built of stones, blocks or landscape timbers. The average homeowner should not tackle retaining walls higher than a foot or two. Hire a professional landscape contractor with the proper equipment and expertise for these larger jobs.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Times Free Press (Chattanooga):America’s biggest public utility has completed the closing and cleanup of its aging fleet of coal plants to comply with clean air requirements and has done so while keeping power rate increases below the rate of inflation.When the Tennessee Valley Authority reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups in 2011 to clean up its power generation, coal industry advocates warned closing fossil plants would push up power rates and cut jobs in TVA’s seven-state region.But over the past seven years, TVA managed instead to phase out more than half of the 59 coal-fired units it once operated—and install scrubbers and other pollution controls on some of its biggest remaining coal plants—without any major rate increase. In fact, TVA has cut rates in the past five years while attracting a record volume of investment in its seven-state region.TVA shuttered 33 coal-fired units in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky and spent $2 billion to install scrubbers or selective catalytic control devices at the Gallatin and Shawnee coal plants in the past decade. In their place, the agency has built combined-cycle, natural- gas-powered plants, added another nuclear reactor and purchased more renewable power.At the time of TVA’s settlement with the EPA, the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy and other pro-coal advocacy groups warned that TVA’s plans to shutter 7,000 megawatts of coal-fired electricity generation would boost electric rates in the Tennessee Valley by more than 20 percent and cut 65,000 jobs and $900 million of manufacturing output in Tennessee.“The doom-and-gloom forecasts about the costs of moving away from dirty coal were clearly exaggerated, and we now have cleaner air to breathe and a more energy efficient system,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.More: Pollution Controls Don’t Prove As Costly As Critics Forecast TVA Transitions From Coal Without Cost Increases, Supply Worries
Storage the ‘tipping point’ for renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The emergence of lithium-ion batteries and other new energy storage technologies represents a “third tipping point” for wind and solar energy that is needed to transform renewables into the world’s largest source of power, a veteran energy venture investor and technology entrepreneur said.“Storage is really everything. It will change everything if we dramatically ramp up the amount of storage that we have,” Bill Gross, founder and chairman of Idealab, a Pasadena, Calif., venture capital firm and startup incubator, said Oct. 17 at a sustainability conference in Oakland, Calif.The “first tipping point” for renewable energy came in recent years, “when building wind and solar became cheaper than building new anything else,” Gross said. The second tipping point is occurring now, because “building new wind and solar are cheaper than existing power plants.”Until energy storage advances, however, the variability of wind and solar power will limit renewables’ further ascent, Gross said. “It can’t replace baseload. It can’t replace a gas power plant yet.”Barbara Lockwood, vice president of regulation for Pinnacle West Capital Corp. subsidiary Arizona Public Service Co., agreed. “As a utility, we look at tried-and-true technology, and that’s what we deploy for reliability purposes. Having said that, batteries just are an amazing technology … They very much are going to be part of the future.”In addition to contracting with First Solar Inc. for a 65-MW solar array coupled with 50 MW of batteries that is expected online in 2021, Arizona Public Service is considering energy storage offers to two requests issued this year, one for new installations and one to add storage at existing solar facilities. “We are amazed at how the prices are coming down,” Lockwood said.More ($): Energy storage seen as ‘third tipping point’ for renewables
By Dialogo July 20, 2009 Buenos Aires, July 17 (EFE).- Argentine paleontologists have discovered the remains of an ancestor of the piranha that lived eight million years ago and was a meter long, according to reports in the local press today. Without being identified, the remains of Megapiranha paranensis spent nearly a century in a museum in the city of La Plata (60 kilometers south of Buenos Aires). The discovery consists of a set of fossil teeth, just as terrifying as those of today’s piranhas, that scientists rescued from obscurity, and which they studied and identified as part of a fish that lived in the Paraná River. “This material was collected around a hundred years ago near the city of Paraná,” said Alberto Cione, from the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology of the Museum of La Plata, speaking to the daily La Nación, of Buenos Aires. Scholars believe that these fossil remains belong to the evolutionary “missing link” between pacu fish and today’s piranhas, both related species. “Pacu fish, which have a plant-based diet, have a dentition designed for crushing hard plants, with two rows of rounded teeth. Piranhas have a principally carnivorous diet, as a result of which their teeth are compressed triangles, serrated, and very sharp, in a single row,” Cione explained. In contrast, the inner teeth of the Paraná “megapiranha” “are inserted in between the outer teeth, in a kind of zig-zag pattern,” Cione indicated. “The megapiranha’s teeth are classified as intermediate between those of the pacu fish and those of the piranha, and not only regarding position: they are more compressed than those of the pacu fish and already have serrated cutting edges,” he specified.
SeaRoc Group has been awarded a variation to provide detailed geographic information system (GIS) seabed analysis for E.ON Humber Gateway offshore wind farm.E.ON requested the variation to receive more detailed information about the seabed condition as a whole and at detailed locations through the use of spatial analysis. This information should enable Humber Gateway and other agencies to support critical decision making, manage risks and minimise potential impacts to the seabed.Amanda Forbes, senior GIS analyst/developer at SeaRoc, said: “We have worked with E.ON since 2012 providing GIS and associated services to their offshore wind farms Robin Rigg and Scroby Sands and are pleased to extend our services to the Humber Gateway project. This analysis package will provide detailed information regarding the seabed’s condition within and around the wind farm area.”SeaRoc Group has provided E.ON GIS data management services since 2012 under a larger framework contract. Provision of data analysis services started at the beginning of January 2018 and the work will last for 8 weeks.