This Week’s Picks! Rock Out with Hedwig’s Inch, Sing Shakespeare & More

first_img Rock Out with Hedwig’s Inch September 4 at the Mercury Lounge Take a three-hour nap, mainline caffeine, and be ready to party at midnight. After their regular gig as the latter half of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the band Tits of Clay heads to the Mercury Lounge for a late night, straight-up rock show with special guests. Last time, it was Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. If Andrew Rannells or John Cameron Mitchell want to stop by this time, we’re not complaining. Click for tickets! Enter the World of Normal September 2 at 54 Below You’ve seen Adam B. Shapiro in the The Normal Heart—now he’s spilling all the juicy details in person at New York theater hotspot 54 Below. His new solo show Nothing Normal, featuring special guest Danielle Ferland, is an “eclectic mix of songs and stories celebrating the hilarious and precarious sides of life” and anecdotes from the movie. Click for tickets! Hey, we know you’re sad that summer is officially over. But chin up, plucky theatergoers! There’s tons of cool stuff to make you forget the ice cream truck’s imminent demise. There’s Andrea Martin’s return to Pippin, a musical Shakespeare experience in Central Park, and bubbly Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford on your TV. It’s all part of this week’s picks! Get Chatty with Annaleigh Ashford September 1, check local listings Just because it’s the end of summer—noooo!—doesn’t mean you can’t end it on a high note. Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford, now appearing in You Can’t Take It with You, stops by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. We’re not sure what she’ll talk about: Her role on Masters of Sex, working with James Earl Jones, coal mining… So you’ll just have to have to watch! You can catch up on your sleep Tuesday. Catch Andrea Martin’s Return to Pippin Beginning September 2 at the Music Box Theatre Pippin has become a reunion-fest in recent months—not that we’re complaining. Look who’s come back! First, it was original Pippin star John Rubinstein. Then, Broadway vet Priscilla Lopez. Now it’s Andrea Martin, who won a Tony for originating Berthe in the acclaimed revival, returning to the hilarious role through September 21. Which former alumnus will return to the beloved musical next? Can we vote on that? Seriously. Click for tickets! Sing a Song of Shakespeare Beginning September 5 at the Delacorte Theater You know how a group of seemingly clashing elements can create something wonderful? Come watch The Odd Couple theory at work as Broadway stars (Lindsay Mendez, Christopher Fitzgerald), community members, and special guests (stars from Sesame Street and the New York Theatre Ballet) come together for Public Works’ musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Good news: It’s free. Bad news: It only runs through September 7. So geteth goingeth. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

Lloris ‘watchful’ of De Gea future

first_img Lloris is reportedly on a United shortlist of possible replacements for De Gea, who is said to be considering his future with only one year left on his Old Trafford contract and Madrid keen on taking him back to Spain. In comments carried in The Sun, Lloris said: “For the moment there is a goalkeeper at United and we are watchful of his situation. You have to keep a certain calm with all this. Press Association Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has indicated he would be open to a move to Manchester United if David de Gea leaves for Real Madrid.center_img “If things should happen then they’ll happen naturally.” Lloris, 28, joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has made 99 league appearances. He is under contract at White Hart Lane until 2019. last_img read more

Takeaways: Giants’ rookies make an impact in MLB debuts

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have some banged up players right now. Alex Dickerson’s back is bothering him. Brandon Belt’s knee isn’t fully healthy. Others have the type of aches and pains usually associated with suiting up nearly every day for close to four months.It all feels better after a win, though. And after their third extra-inning victory in four days Sunday, this one courtesy of Mike Yastrzemski’s solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning, the Giants remain 2 1/2 games back of the …last_img

HootSuite Mobile Gets Ads with 140 Proof

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#advertising#twitter#web While the blogosphere has been buzzing over how and when Twitter will finally roll out the full details of its anticipated ad platform, 140 Proof has put together an advertising platform for the microblog service of its own. Today, it announced that it will integrate targeted advertising for HootSuite on both Android and iPhone.HootSuite is launching an Android version of its Twitter client today, along with a new version for the iPhone, both of which will have ads by 140 Proof. While this certainly may not be the most exciting news around to Twitter users (has anyone ever said “Boy, this would be great, if only it had some advertising!”), companies looking to reach Twitter’s userbase have a way for targeting their ads.From what we heard last week about Twitter’s expected ad platform, 140 Proof takes a similar approach. According to the company’s press release, “the ads behave just like tweets: each ad must have a real tweet associated with it so users can reply, and if desired, retweet the ad.”A big difference here, however, is that the expected Twitter ad platform would only appear in searches. The 140 Proof ad platform, on the other hand, is highly targeted, focusing on a number of features, such as “keywords in tweets, followers, as well as device, location and platform”, according to TechCrunch. The ads will show up directly in the user’s tweet stream, but will be easily identifiable.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg has the same IoT problems we all have

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Facebook#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Mark Zuckerberg#top Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Ryan Matthew Piersoncenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Mark Zuckerberg began 2016 with the goal in mind to recreate the artificially intelligent personal assistant featured in Iron Man, J.A.R.V.I.S. Well, maybe not to actually recreate it, but to create simple AI to run his home.He recently updated the world on his progress in a note on Facebook.So far this year, I’ve built a simple AI that I can talk to on my phone and computer, that can control my home, including lights, temperature, appliances, music and security, that learns my tastes and patterns, that can learn new words and concepts, and that can even entertain Max.This would enable Zuckerberg to learn more about the current state of AI as well as the challenges that face developers in the home automation space. His Jarvis project would combine different AI systems including language processing, voice and face recognition. With these, tied into his Jarvis server, he could bring home systems such as his lights, cameras, thermostat, and Spotify together with human interface systems like a messenger bot and the camera at his front door.See also: How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoTWith these tied into his Jarvis server, he could bring home systems such as his lights, cameras, thermostat, and Spotify together with human interface systems like a messenger bot and the camera at his front door.That’s when he began noticing the problems that have been plaguing the Internet of Things for some time.In some ways, this challenge was easier than I expected. In fact, my running challenge (I also set out to run 365 miles in 2016) took more total time. But one aspect that was much more complicated than I expected was simply connecting and communicating with all of the different systems in my home.Basically, all the different components that make his AI work are speaking different languages. There is no C-3PO to help interpret this information and establish a mode of communication between the coffee maker and the garage door opener.This presented a challenge that Zuckerberg would need to overcome if he had any chance of giving his AI the ability to do anything useful.Using Messenger as the interfaceAnother issue he ran into was creating a user interface that enabled him to communicate naturally with his Jarvis system. He wanted to create something that was as easy to talk to as any of his human friends. This meant giving it an interface that existed everywhere at the same time.Facebook’s Messenger was one of these solutions. Using its API, Zuckerberg could communicate with Jarvis using his phone from anywhere. This also enabled him to develop it to a point where voice commands and facial recognition could come into play.As Zuckerberg nears the end of his year-long challenge, he reflected on where we are with AI today:In a way, AI is both closer and farther off than we imagine. AI is closer to being able to do more powerful things than most people expect — driving cars, curing diseases, discovering planets, understanding media. Those will each have a great impact on the world, but we’re still figuring out what real intelligence is.Zuckerberg’s AI project is interesting. His breakdown brings to light a lot of the challenges facing a rapidly growing IoT market. Interoperability is key to making systems that readily communicate with one another. More importantly, the fact that artificial intelligence (and what exactly counts as artificial intelligence) is a subject that the tech world will be debating for quite a while.last_img read more

Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)This interview was first published on November 24, 2010.Editor’s Note: If you’ve flown on an airplane in the U.S. in the last ten years, you know that TSA stands for the Transportation Safety Administration. It’s the group of government workers who frisk and interrogate travelers before letting them on a plane.Many Americans think the TSA keeps them safe from terrorists. Casey Research founder Doug Casey has a different view…Louis James: Doug, your favorite group of people, the Transportation Security Agency, have been in the news a lot lately, with their chief being summoned to Capitol Hill to answer for the excesses of his underlings. Today is National Opt-Out Day, when Americans are encouraged to refuse the full-body “porno” scans and the alternative pat-downs. And yet, the TSA is said to have very high approval ratings…as high as 81% in one CBS poll. As straws in the wind go, that does not bode well. What do you make of this?Doug: They’re certainly the face of government that one encounters most often these days. Some newer polls and news stories suggest that support for what they do may be waning, but in general, it’s another sign of the accelerating decline of the American Empire. As Tacitus pointed out in the second century, the more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state. Although it’s also true that the more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws… – CASEY: How to prepare for when money diesThere’s one asset you can own (now widely available in America) that will help protect you and your family from this chaos. Click here to learn more. — Biggest Accounting Fraud Since Enron?Get ready for another accounting scandal… one so big that it could trigger the next major financial crisis in America. According to Jim Rickards, this could be 525 times bigger than Enron. It’s not just employees and investors of a specific company who are in danger… All 300 million American citizens are potential victims of this massive accounting hoax. Click here to find out if you’re in danger. Recommended Links All bureaucracies inevitably become sodden, counterproductive, and centered mainly on their own agendas. But the TSA is on an extraordinarily steep downward trajectory. I suspect that is for several reasons. One is that the TSA is on the “front line,” as they pathetically describe it, of an unnecessary and illusory war on terror, so they’re very sensitive about somehow justifying their existence. Another is that they’re dressed up in uniforms and organized in a paramilitary manner; once you put people in costumes, they become much more obedient chimpanzees. Another is that their employees are actually the dregs of U.S. society. It amazes me that when Congress created it, they found 50,000 people, practically overnight, who thought that getting paid to go through fellow citizens’ dirty underwear at airports was a good deal.This is unskilled labor of the most menial sort. But these are not, by and large, teenagers with no skills; rather, they are middle-aged people who should be able to find some more productive (or at least higher-paying) use for their time. I suppose it was perceived as a step up for those who were Walmart greeters or packing bags at Safeway…although that’s incorrect, because although those are low-paid, unskilled, and unchallenging occupations, they are at least honorable work.And they’ve now expanded the force to 65,000, and they are still hiring: they’ve placed ads on the backs of pizza boxes. These people are truly the bottom of the barrel.L: I’ve just looked it up, and the TSA screener gets paid $10.91-$15.59 per hour. Overtime is up to $23.23, and there are bonuses. I wonder what those are for…Doug: I doubt the bonuses are based on “customer satisfaction.” Though I bet the government benefits are significant, and the fringe benefits are commensurate with government employment. At this point, the average government employee makes about 50% more than a civilian worker. It’s appealing to those who have not bothered to learn a useful trade.But the real problem is psychological. Certain types of people are drawn to certain types of jobs. Only a certain type of person would, for example, become a prison guard. It’s bad enough being sent to prison involuntarily, so what does it say about a person who’ll spend his or her days there, just to be the one with the baton? Many are really bad apples, and the power has, quite predictably, gone to their heads.L: You don’t think any of them think they are actually making people safe; Saving lives?Doug: There might be a few who actually believe that, but that doesn’t mean they are not still, on average, the sort of person who enjoys bullying other people. Actually, the people who are even more contemptible are the members of the chattering classes who cheerlead for the TSA, by saying “Yes, some mistakes are made, some officers are overzealous, or lack common sense, but it’s good and necessary in principle.” That’s totally pernicious nonsense on all levels. It’s a matter of principle that’s in question, something to which they’re completely oblivious.There are many, many recent examples of just how arrogant and abusive these thugs have gotten recently. I just read today about a cancer victim that had a bladder bag…L: Can’t take any liquids through security!Doug: Yes. So they pawed the thing and spilled urine all over the fellow, and he had to travel that way. Another story I read recently was of a woman who had pierced nipples and the TSA removed the rings with some pliers they had lying around, even after the things were identified and were obviously no threat. And there was a six-year-old child who couldn’t walk without a leg brace, but they made him take it off to go through the metal detector.And you better not back-sass your betters today, either…Actually, the TSA serves absolutely no useful purpose. On the one hand, it’s playing into the bad guys’ hands by helping bankrupt the U.S., by death through a thousand cuts. On the other hand, if a bad guy really wanted to do some damage, he’ll just stand in a line with hundreds of others waiting to go through screening, and detonate his carry-on bag there. That will certainly happen.Doug Casey is a multimillionaire speculator and the founder of Casey Research. He literally wrote the book on profiting during economic turmoil. Doug’s book, Crisis Investing, spent multiple weeks as number one on The New York Times best sellers list and was the best-selling financial book of 1980. Doug has been a regular guest on national television, including spots on CNN, Merv Griffin, Charlie Rose, Regis Philbin, Phil Donahue, and NBC News.Doug and his team of analysts write The Casey Report, one of the world’s most respected investment advisories. Each month, The Casey Report provides specific, actionable ideas to help subscribers make money in stocks, bonds, currencies, real estate, and commodities. You can try out The Casey Report risk-free by clicking here.last_img read more