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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgReturning for its 10th straight year, Backwoods Pondfest will once again let loose with some music-filled festivities in Peru, NY. From August 5-6, Pondfest will feature some of the best and brightest, and this year’s first round lineup announcement certainly has us excited!The festival will see a special tribute to David Bowie, as performed by Pink Talking Fish, as well as performances from The Nth Power, Blind Owl Band (x2), Thunder Body, Tweed, Lynguistic Civilians, Bella’s Bartok, Capital Zen, Funknut and Goose!Considering that’s only round one, there’s plenty more great music in store for the fans. Pondfest is a family-friendly, all-ages event, and the beautiful campgrounds and top notch performers should make for quite the weekend of festivities. The second round lineup is expected to be posted within the next month.You can see the full Backwoods Pondfest announcement below, and head to their official website for details. At only $75 for a two-day pass, there’s no reason to miss out!last_img read more

September 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgKarl du Fresne BlogSpot 21 August 2016Family First Comment: “Many of the reformers seem blind to much of the damage done by drug use. But Garry Evans saw it in his 18 years as a coroner. He told this newspaper on his retirement that the term ‘recreational drug’ was a misnomer; put a “w” in front of it, he said, and you’d be closer to the truth.”#wreckreationaldrugs My generation has a lot to answer for. Recreational drugs, for example – or as former Wellington coroner Garry Evans preferred to call them, “wreckreational drugs”.Mine was the generation that rebelled against the values of its parents. We were smug and spoilt, with plenty of time on our hands to reflect on how wrong our elders were about everything.We rejected their dreary, conformist moral values. “If it feels good, do it” became the catch-cry of a generation.And it did feel good – for a while. But then the casualties began to pile up. Drug abuse, serial relationship failures and, most tragically, emotionally damaged offspring are part of the price society has paid for idealistic 1960s liberalism.Initially, drugs seemed very much a middle-class hippie thing. Most of the dope smokers and trippers I knew in the late 60s were arty types and intellectuals. Drugs were one way of rebelling against a society they found dull and stifling.Quite a few ended up permanently damaged, but others succeeded in managing their drug use. They were smart enough to ensure that it never seriously interfered with their lives or careers.READ MORE: http://karldufresne.blogspot.co.nz/2016/08/the-lingering-consquences-of-idealistic_21.html?m=1last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRichard Saul Wurman, the creator of the Technology, Entertainment and Design conferences, will speak at USC this morning as part of a Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative event to discuss his new venture examining the art of improvised conversation and intellectual jazz.Wurman’s project, titled WWW.WWW, will gather some of the world’s most influential thinkers, take them to a secret location and randomly pair them for impromptu conversations onstage while the audience analyzes their discussions.Among those expected to attend are internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington.Wurman describes the new conference as a “top drawer” exclusive event saturated with creativity and innovation.“I am only interested in absolute excellence,” Wurman said. “The conference is intense, intellectually jaw-breaking and there are no speeches or presentations.”Wurman is also developing a tablet application that will allow users to view the WWW.WWW conference and interact with one another via Twitter.An author of 81 books on a variety of topics, Wurman has explored everything from social media and health care, to music and architectural design. Wurman created the TED conferences in 1984 to analyze the interplay between a variety of concepts.Several cities, communities and universities around the world, including USC, have begun hosting TEDx conferences in recent years to engage people in innovative thinking. TEDx conferences, which can be hosted by cities, universities or any other type of community, are organized independently, but must follow certain rules to be granted a license to use the TED name. The fourth TEDxUSC conference will be held in May.“TED conferences are so amazing,” said Mina Chow, a part-time lecturer in the school of architecture and a friend of Wurman. “The time just flies and students learn about innovation, a life-changing, ground-breaking and absolutely original process.”Inspired by TED, Chow is currently working on bridging architecture with cinema to create a 3-D project.“I’m using technological breakthroughs to present architectural design in an entertaining way and that is just one example of what TED stands for,” Chow said. “That’s what is so amazing about these conferences: One moment I’m having an intellectual epiphany and the next I’m dancing with my students to reggae on stage.”Wurman said TED conferences exhibit none of the usual traits people associate with conferences.“There’s no podiums, no panels, no speeches,” Wurman said. “It’s an eclectic meeting featuring everything from animal acts to the first Macintosh.”TED conferences have featured speakers as diverse as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and televangelist Billy Graham.“It is important to recognize the interaction of so many things,” Wurman said. “For example, social media spurred revolutions in the Middle East. There is an interconnection between all things, but in school it’s not taught that way.”last_img read more

August 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHalf of the Elite Eight is set.Gonzaga, Purdue, Texas Tech and Virginia all picked up wins in the Sweet 16 on Thursday to advance to their regional finals. REVENGE FOR THE ZAGS!(1) Gonzaga takes the rematch with (4) Florida State and punches the first ticket to the 2019 #Elite8! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/5bPr25oR2u— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Meanwhile, the Boilermakers came away with a 99-94 overtime win over Tennessee in one of the best games of the tournament so far. The Volunteers erased Purdue’s 18-point second-half lead with a big rally and held an 82-80 advantage of their own when Grant Williams finished a put-back dunk with 10 seconds left.Tennessee, however, fouled Carsen Edwards while he was shooting a 3-pointer on the next possession. He made two of the three free throws, sending the game to overtime, where the Boilermakers secured the victory.Purdue with the SLAM! 😤 #Sweet16#MarchMadness | @BoilerBall pic.twitter.com/SNe3Um1mT9— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Texas Tech shut down Michigan’s offense en route to a 63-44 win while Virginia’s Ty Jerome hit a deep 3-pointer late to help his team hold off Oregon, 53-49.Ty Jerome wants to keep dancing. pic.twitter.com/IJeMq5vi2X— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 29, 2019Complete resultsWest RegionNo. 1 Gonzaga 72, No. 4 Florida State 58No. 3 Texas Tech 63, No. 2 Michigan 44South RegionNo. 1 Virginia 53, No. 12 Oregon 49No. 3 Purdue 99, No. 2 Tennessee 94 (OT)Studs of the nightPurdue senior guard Ryan Cline had a career game when his team needed him most. He tallied 27 points and hit seven of his 10 3-point attempts against Tennessee.Brandon Clarke recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds to help Gonzaga pick up a win.Jarrett Culver led Texas Tech to a win by scoring 22 points and adding four assists.Duds of the nightTerance Mann was 1 of 8 shooting and finished with five points against Gonzaga.The entire Michigan team was ice cold against Texas Tech. The Wolverines shot 16-of-49 from the field and hit just one of their 19 3-point attempts. Kyle Guy was 4 of 15 from the field and 2 of 11 from 3-point range in Virginia’s win. HighlightsPurdue’s Eric Hunter Jr. with the chase-down block.#Sweet16 is all about HUSTLE! 💨#MarchMadness | @BoilerBall pic.twitter.com/ktJDkXKlct— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Clarke finishes this huge put-back slam over a Florida State defender.Brandon Clarke flies in the BIG putback! 😤 #Sweet16#MarchMadness | @ZagMBB pic.twitter.com/U98rb6oGOC— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Cline ties it up late for Purdue.”YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE IT!”@BoilerBall answers to tie it up!#MarchMadness | #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/BKleqNLttt— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Texas Tech guard Matt Mooney banks in the 3-pointer.Matt Mooney hits the crazy triple to give @TexasTechMBB the 6 point lead!#MarchMadness | #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/BCIanOV6I9— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Virginia’s Mamadi Diakite converts on the jam. Duke star Zion Williamson explains why he never considered shutting it down after injury March Madness 2019: 7 key stats from Purdue’s thrilling OT win over Tennesseecenter_img The Bulldogs controlled the opening 20 minutes of their matchup against Florida State in the first game of the night. The Seminoles made a run and cut their deficit to just four on a free throw by Trent Forrest with a little more than four minutes to play before Zach Norvell Jr. answered with a 3-pointer to help Gonzaga pull away for a 72-58 win.Florida State topped the Bulldogs in the Sweet 16 a season ago. Related News Mamadi Diakite throws it DOWN! 🔥UVA is on a 10-0 run! #MarchMadness | @UVAMensHoops pic.twitter.com/KXKaUL1HEX— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019Tariq Owens throws it down for Texas Tech. Tariq Owens AGAIN! 😱@TexasTechMBB is now up 36-18 over Michigan! 😳#MarchMadness | #Sweet16 pic.twitter.com/vTwbLK5NZQ— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 29, 2019What’s nextNo. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 1 Duke, 9:39 pm. ET — It’s the Blue Devils vs. the Hokies, Round 2. In the first matchup, neither team was at full strength. Duke star Zion Williamson was sidelined with a sprained knee, while Hokies guard Justin Robinson missed his team’s 77-72 victory with a foot injury. This time around, both players will be on the court with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.last_img read more