Watch Full Pro-Shot Video Of Turkuaz At The Orange Peel

first_imgUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you should be well aware of the inimitable force that is Turkuaz. The Brooklyn-based, 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit delivers a modern take on the classic funk sound, establishing themselves amongst leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz makes a colorful impression everywhere they go.Since hitting the road in 2012, Turkuaz have released a handful of albums, canvassed the U.S. more times over, and continue to gather devoted listeners along the way. A quickly addictive pulse coupled with a reputation for their trademark sound and style have earned steadily growing attention across the nation. Just over the past two years, the band has made impactful appearances at Bonnaroo, Red Rocks, Lock’n, Mountain Jam, and have been filling rooms coast to coast from Terminal 5 in New York to The Fillmore in San Francisco.With the release of their album Digitonium, Turkuaz’s sound is more accessible than ever and poised to break out to a more mainstream audience. With a playful feel that evokes the best of 80s dance music, Turkuaz’s tightly arranged songs are built on thick grooves, driven by powerhouse rhythm and horn sections, as well as four distinct vocalists.Earlier this month, the band rolled through Asheville, NC to perform at the Orange Peel. The entire performance was professionally shot, and is now available for your enjoyment. Thanks to Iam AVL and their high quality film, you can watch the full show below.Turkuaz 2018 Tour Dates01/16 Miami, FL: The Wynwood Yard01/17 Miami, FL: Jam Cruise01/25 Ithaca, NY: The Haunt01/26 Stroudsburg, PA: Sherman Theater01/27 Rochester, NY: Anthology01/28 Toronto, ON: The Velvet Underground01/31 Cohoes, NY: Cohoes Music Hall02/01 Killington, VT: Pickle Barrel0202 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground02/03 Stratton, VT: Grizzly’s03/02 Okochobee, FL: Okochobee Music & Arts Festival03/03 Punta Gorda, FL: Funk Fest03/14 Telluride, CO: Club Red03/15 Frisco, CO: Barkley Ballroom03/16 Ft. Collins, CO: Aggie Theatre03/17 Steamboat Springs, CO: Gondola Plaza03/20 Park City, UT: O.P. Rockwell03/21 Jackson Hole, WV: Pink Garter Theatre03/22 Bozeman, MT: The Rialto03/23 Whitefish, MT: Remington Bar03/24 Sandpoint, ID: The Hive03/27 Eugene, OR: HiFi Music Hall*03/28 Chico, CA: Lost On Main03/29 Sacramento, CA: Harlow’s03/30 Los Angeles, CA: The Fonda Theatre^03/31 San Francisco, CA: Warfield Theatre^04/20 Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn. NY04/21 Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn. NY04/22 Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn. NY06/23 Rothbury, MI: Electric Forest Festival06/29 Rothbury, MI: Electric Forest Festival07/19 Scranton, PA: Peach Music Festival09/23 Morrison, CO: Red Rocks~* w/ Moon Hooch^ w/ Galactic~ w/ Greenskly Bluegrasslast_img read more

CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Udoh’s Hat-trick Sinks Etoile du Sahel

first_imgPyagbara somehow failed to convert a cross from the left before Udoh headed over the crossbar in a lively opening 20 minutes. The balance of power shifted totally from Etoile du Sahel after the break when Ghazi Abdelrazak was shown a second yellow card. The Nigerians began to put clear daylight between themselves and their opponents as Udoh got his second goal of the evening for his sixth CAF Champions League strike. And with ten minutes left to play, the fantastic forward powered in a third. Etoile could even have gotten a consolation as they caused the hosts all kinds of trouble with their quick counter-attacks but were not successful.The Tunisians now face a tough task to turn things around when both sides meet again at the Stade Olympique de Sousse. The tie is a repeat of the 2004 final that Enyimba eventually won on penalties after both legs had finished 2-1 to the home team. Elsewhere yesterday, Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango had kept Sundowns in the game in Kinshasa with some fine saves as Vita Club’s Ghanaian star Bernard Morrison proved a handful. The only goal of the game was scored in injury time at the end of the game as Morrison was once again given too much time and while his shot was well saved by Onyango his parry fell to Kule Mbombo, who scored.Vita’s compatriots TP Mazembe have a tough task if they are to defend their title after a 2-0 loss on Saturday at Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca. Abdellatif Noussir scored his first goal of the campaign just before half-time for Wydad and Reda Hajhouj converted a penalty midway through the second half in Marrakech. Coached by twice Real Madrid manager John Toshack, Wydad are attempting to win the competition a second time, having previously succeeded in 1992. Mazembe are chasing a sixth title, which would make them the second most successful club after eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt.‪NPFL Match Day 11 resultsRangers 1-0 FC IfeanyiUbahIkorodu Utd 0-0 Sunshine StarsEl-Kanemi 2-0 Shooting StarsKano Pillars 2-1 Nasarawa UtdPlateau Utd 2-0 Giwa FCWarri Wolves 1-0 MFM FCAkwa Utd 2-0 Niger TornadoesHeartland 2-1 Rivers Utd*Abia Warriors 1-0 Lobi Stars(Game continues 10am tomorrow after being called off due to waterlogged pitch)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja with agency reportLast Nigerian team standing in continental campaign this season, Enyimba FC of Aba on Sunday boosted Its chances of reaching the money spinning CAF Champions League group stage as Mfon Udoh’s hat-trick put Etoile du Sahel to the sword in the second round first-leg game in Port Harcourt. Mfon proved too hot to handle for the visitors as he netted his first African treble against an Etoile side reduced to 10 men in the second half after Ghazi Abderazek was sent off.Faouzi Benzarti’s side came into yesterday’s clash in the Garden City knowing full well a victory or draw by any scoreline would put them in pole position to reach the group stage of the championship. Udoh began his harvest of goals in the sixth minute when he converted from the penalty spot after Joseph Osadiaye was brought down in the penalty area of the Tunisians. Four minutes later, Christian Pyagbara almost doubled his side’s lead after shooting from a tight angle but the goalkeeper did well to save it for a corner kick for the People’s Elephants.last_img read more


first_imgWilliam Spawr1832217%$91,840 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won CATCH A FLIGHT EYES BIGGER PRIZES AFTER CALIFORNIANCatch a Flight is on the move. The Argentine-bred horse is an up-and-comer Richard Mandella hopes will continue to climb the stakes ladder when he runs in today’s Californian Stakes, a Grade II race for 3-year-olds and up that could lead to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.“He’s doing well and continues to improve as we go,” Mandella said of the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, who won the Grade III Precisionist Stakes on May 2 after running a creditable third behind victorious Shared Belief in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap.“He is what he is,” Mandella said matter-of-factly. “He just won that little stakes and he ran good against Moreno (beaten a head for second in the Big Cap on March 7).“It will be interesting to see how we do at this stage with a little more experience,” Mandella said. “But Moreno’s a good horse, I know that.”TEXAS RED WORKS WITH DWYER IN MINDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 1:02.80, after which trainer Keith Desormeaux indicated the son of Afleet Alex could make his return to the races in the $500,000, Grade III Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4, as opposed to the Grade II, $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby the same day.“The Dwyer is a one-turn mile, and the Los Al Derby is a mile and an eighth,” Desormeaux said. “The horse is 100 percent right now and if plans work out, we could run at Saratoga this summer, so the Dwyer in New York seems like a good starting point.”Texas Red missed the Triple Crown classics due to abscess issues on his right front foot. Now Desormeaux is looking forward to a summer campaign that could start with a bang, naturally enough on July 4.FINISH LINES: Detroit Tigers superstar outfielder Miguel Cabrera, a winner of the 2012 American League Triple Crown, posed for pictures last night with prospective Triple Crown winner Victor Espinoza prior to the Halos defeating the Tigers, 2-0, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Special thanks to Angels PR wizard, Tim Mead . . .Best wishes for a speedy recovery to top agent Ron Anderson who underwent triple bypass heart surgery earlier today in New York. Anderson currently represents Joel Rosario . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, prepping for the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 20, worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:00.20 for John Sadler . . . Santa Anita hosts a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop next Saturday. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Vann Belvoir323659%$135,340 Philip D’Amato40126430%$678,540 Victor Espinoza2353422%$390,120 Joseph Talamo821551618%$578,578 Tyler Baze11821132218%$1,081,440 ESPINOZA, AGENT PURSUE ELUSIVE TRIPLE AGAINAnd so it comes to pass that Victor Espinoza, a former bus driver, and Brian Beach, aformer broadcaster, stand once again on the verge of racing immortality.In just over a week, jockey Espinoza, and his agent, Beach, could be indelibly etched in history. All Victor has to do is guide American Pharoah to victory in the Belmont Stakes next Saturday and capture the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought that began in 1979, a year after Affirmed became the 11th and to date last winner of the game’s most elusive prize.The symbiotic team of Espinoza and Beach know this drill. They went through it last year with California Chrome, who dead-heated for fourth in the Belmont, thus missing the Triple and ending a five-week frenzy that began with victory in the Kentucky Derby, followed by a Preakness triumph that led to pursuit of the Belmont.“It’s been similar as far as the whole routine,” said Beach, experienced in race track PR and a former radio and TV broadcaster who has represented Espinoza since January 2013. “Media inquiries and requests have steadily increased as the Triple Crown series has gone on.“We both had pretty positive experiences with it last year and the same so far this year. It’s just a matter of trying to manage his time and also trying to fulfill all the requests. This year, if anything, I think we’re doing fewer than last year.“Santa Anita helped quite a bit by holding a big media event last Thursday (May 21) when both Bob (Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah) and Victor were able to knock out a bunch of interviews all in one day. That kind of helped slow things down.“It gets a little exhausting mentally after a while to keep answering the same questions over and over again. This weekend, we’ve got it pretty much shut down. He’s got one more deal tomorrow with CBS Evening News, and when we get to New York, we have just a few obligations. He’ll be at the post position draw Wednesday with media there. Hopefully, we can take care of everything then and give him a break the last couple of days before the race.”The easy-going Espinoza and less-than-gregarious Beach might be opposites in some respects but are otherwise two veritable peas in a pod when it comes to maintaining low profiles, both on and off the track.“It’s pretty hard to wipe the smile off Victor’s face,” said Beach, 52, a former Director of Broadcast Publicity at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, who has represented Kent Desormeaux, Julie Krone, Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens, each in the Hall of Fame.“Prior to the jobs at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate, I worked in radio and television for about 10 years, so I know what they’re going through on the other side of it and they’re all trying to do their jobs and get their stories, so I try to help them as much as I can.“The great thing about Victor is his positive attitude and good outlook on things in general. He understands the whole process, this being his third time through it (the first being in 2002 with War Emblem).“He’s able to kind of compartmentalize all that and do his job and try to have some fun with the whole thing.” Fernando Perez791312916%$490,760 Martin Pedroza6651088%$261,294 Edwin Maldonado61812913%$337,200 Richard Baltas35114331%$449,570 Mike Puype3747611%$334,920 John Brocklebank1132127%$142,490 Peter Miller451011222%$375,810 Felipe Valdez71710610%$296,840 Mark Glatt3145513%$204,494 TRIPLE CROWN COUNTDOWN ON FOR ESPINOZACATCH A FLIGHT ON THE MOVE IN CALIFORNIANTEXAS RED WORKS FOR POSSIBLE RUN IN DWYER Tiago Pereira3668417%$276,670 Flavien Prat751616421%$954,730 Ricky Agarie1331323%$112,640 Dan L. Hendricks1132027%$110,390center_img Robertino Diodoro1932316%$110,240 Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Richard Mandella2666423%$490,160 Rafael Bejarano9420211721%$971,782 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jerry Hollendorfer43510612%$388,534 Michael Machowsky1854228%$132,920 Bob Baffert2052425%$216,560 Eddie Truman1261150%$220,150 Bruce Headley1031030%$76,450 John Sadler4257712%$245,488 Peter Eurton2833611%$224,636 Jeff Bonde1131127%$140,250 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Carla Gaines1433021%$149,830 (Current Through Friday, May 29) Doug O’Neill641114617%$501,598 Kristin Mulhall1332023%$77,200 Drayden Van Dyke6297615%$400,132 Mike Smith3077323%$591,060 Gonzalo Nicolas7266128%$218,508 -30-last_img read more

Warriors HQ Podcast: Draymond Green returns to Oracle Arena, Demarcus Cousins recovers in Santa Cruz

first_img“It’s now inevitable no one can beat the Warriors,” beat writer Mark Medina told Logan Murdock as they opened this week’s episode of WarriorsHQ after a breezy 116-108 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “If anyone was going to get their shots in, it was going to be earlier in the season.”Murdock countered with the observation that the Warriors’ victory against the Timberwolves was “one of their worse games” of the season and pointed to Coach Steve Kerr’s unhappiness with the team’s …last_img read more

Man on a Darwin Mission

first_imgWhen you think of helping people in the inner city, do you think of Darwin?  Probably what comes to mind are religious missions, government social workers, the Red Cross, the Peace Corps, or UNESCO.  David Sloan Wilson, author of Evolution for Everyone, who has spent a lifetime studying evolution, had a “Damascus moment” a few years ago; the idea that Darwinism is so powerful and productive, it can improve people’s lives.  Like an apostle, he has taken his faith to the streets of Binghamton, New York. We only have his account of his mission work.  He told it in New Scientist on August 29.  My new mission was not a complete break from what I had been doing before. Throughout my career, I have studied the fundamental problem of how altruism, cooperation and other traits that are good for the group can evolve in any species. I have also studied the evolutionary origins of human characteristics such as gossip, decision-making, physical attractiveness and religion. But that was all academic research: how would my ideas fare on the streets of Binghamton? Wilson’s apostolic team went door-to-door to take measurements of “prosociality,” the kind of altruistic good will that seeks the good of the community.  “We did this using a variety of methods, including experimental games, door-to-door surveys and questionnaires aimed at schoolchildren, and by observing the frequency of spontaneous prosocial acts such as people picking up and posting a stamped addressed envelope left on the sidewalk, or the extent to which people decorated their houses during Halloween or Christmas.”  Measurements were duly taken and maps were made of prosociality. The maps showed that altruism is not evenly distributed around the city, but is clustered in hotspots, forming hills and valleys and rugged terrain.  Not surprisingly, the communities doing well mutually followed the Golden Rule: “As an academic evolutionist, I knew that prosociality can evolve in any species when highly prosocial individuals are able to interact with each other and avoid interacting with selfish individuals – in other words, when those who give also receive.”  These communities also got the most social support from multiple sources, including “family, neighbourhood, school, religion, and through extracurricular activities such as sports and arts.” Wilson was puzzled, though, why prosociality was high in some areas and low in others.  “Do people who are genetically predisposed towards altruism tend to flock together?  Or do people become more altruistic when they interact with others who display this trait?  Or are external environmental conditions the major influence?”  He figured that all three play a role.  Philosophically, though, that provides two escape hatches for a theory, like a doctor saying your laziness is caused by genetics, your parents’ bad discipline, or your astrological sign. Which is the dominant factor?  Additional measurements showed that people change their prosociality habits to match the neighborhood they move into.  It seemed intuitive to Wilson that prosociality is a good thing to promote: “Promoting prosociality is a good idea not only as an end in itself, but because living in a caring, supportive neighbourhood carries many additional benefits, from lower crime rates to a healthier developmental environment for children.”  Next, therefore, he wanted to experiment to see if he could turn a “valley” into a “hill” of altruism.  He did this with a “Design Your Own Park” initiative, giving neighbors a creative opportunity to work together.  “Most people scarcely know their neighbours,” he said, “but there’s nothing like a common goal to bring people together.”  Another experiment is trying to improve improve the curriculum for Binghamton High School students who are falling behind. Wilson drew on the guidelines by Nobel economist Elinor Ostrom, who defined the criteria in which group projects succeed, such as clearly defined goals and equitable sharing of costs and benefits.  “One year into our initiative, five schemes are up and running and showing great promise, though it is too early yet for a real assessment of success.” One question that arises, though, is what does Darwin have to do with all this?  “A group that functions well is a bit like an organism with numerous organs: remove any single organ and the organism dies,” he said.  Granted, but such words were spoken 2,000 years ago by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 12 to show how a church needs each individual to function as the body of Christ.  Isn’t Darwinism essentially selfish, like Richard Dawkins preaches?  Isn’t Darwinism descriptive, not prescriptive?  Wilson feels justified by faith in the initial successes his team is seeing with his experiments on human subjects.  He crows, This proves that educational policy informed by evolutionary theory can make a difference on the ground. Indeed, I am convinced that a Darwinian perspective can improve policy in many arenas. At the Evolution Institute we are using evolutionary science to help address a whole range of issues in addition to education, such as risky adolescent behaviour, failed nation states and human regulatory systems at all scales. First Binghamton, then the world.  For Wilson, this is a global mission, and he is passionate about it: This kind of work is what evolutionary science should be all about. Evolution is fundamentally about the relationship between organisms and their environments. Field studies – rather than lab-based research – should form the foundation of research on all species, humans included. Yet the vast majority of studies in the human-related sciences are not based on field research, and the most field-oriented disciplines, such as sociology and cultural anthropology, have been least receptive to the modern evolutionary perspective. Don’t think for a minute, though, that Wilson’s mission is motivated by the agape love Paul described in I Corinthians 13, or Jesus’ command to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”  That becomes clear in his last paragraph: What we have done in Binghamton is to establish a field site for human-related evolutionary research. It could prove as useful as Tanzania’s Gombe national park has been for the study of chimpanzees and the Galapagos Islands for the study of finches. Wilson admits to being no different from any other evolutionary biologist.  In his case, though, he works on human subjects. Update 09/09/2011:  In Nature 09/08/11,1 Kevin Laland reviewed Wilson’s book The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time (Little, Brown, 2011).  As a fellow evolutionist, Laland was mostly impressed, but he did bring up the fact that previous attempts by evolutionary sociologists (Desmond Morris and E. O. Wilson in particular) at “Mixing sociology, anthropology and psychology with evolution can be explosive.”  Therefore, “Readers conscious of this backdrop might be forgiven for approaching The Neighborhood Project, by biologist David Sloan Wilson, with trepidation.”  Waltzing through the book with pleasure, Laland had little negative to say,  But in the last two paragraphs he raised some red flags: Wilson’s attempts to harness his research to improve society are admirable, but there are reasons to be cautious. Evolutionary theory is one of the most fertile, wide-ranging and stimulating of all scientific ideas, yet therein lies the danger: just about anything can be endorsed by an evolutionary hypothesis. For instance, at the first Evolution Institute workshop in 2008, one evolutionist claimed that knowledge that did not exist in ancestral environments, such as mathematics, can never be picked up spontaneously by children. Another claimed that all subjects can be learned readily in a supportive environment. Some advocated child-directed learning; others, direct instruction. Although Wilson is right to claim that evolution can deliver multiple solutions, it is also credible that some of these evolution-inspired hypotheses are wrong. In other words, evolutionary theory not only lacks any guarantees of success, it lacks any reliable way to measure what is right or wrong.  Laland ended by noting that the Binghamton project is too young to evaluate. He wished it success, hoping that it would prove “a triumph for science, pluralism and common sense as much as for evolutionary biology.”  Time will tell.  The track record has not been good. 1. Kevin Laland, “Evolution: Small-town utopia,” Nature,  477  (08 September 2011), page 160, doi:10.1038/477160a. This deluded maniac must be dismissed at the outset on charges of being hopelessly inconsistent with his own belief system.  Remember the danger we described in his Evolution for Everyone curriculum back in 2005?  (Re-read the 12/21/2005 entry.)  Now he is on the loose trying to delude the world.  Whatever good he accomplishes with high school students and parks projects derives not from Darwin, but from Christ.  Like all fallen, sinful humans, Wilson has a deformed, dead image of God imprinted on his soul.  That is what drives him to improve things.  One cannot derive true altruism from Darwin, even if he believes that altruism somehow “emerges” in human social groups by evolutionary processes just like it might in bacteria cultures or buffalo herds.  Why?  Because there is no should in the Darwin dictionary.  (He would never consider the possibility, being an evolutionist, that the appearance of cooperation in bacteria colonies and buffalo herds might be due to designed traits created into them.  Instead, he ascribes magical powers to the environment to “naturally select” prosociality; see the fallacy of this reasoning in Randy Guliuzza’s latest ICR Acts & Facts article.) Because Darwinism has no moral compass, it is utterly hopeless for Wilson to go on this mission.  Evolution is what evolution does.  Think about it: if evolution produced Binghamton before he got there, then he is interfering with evolution to try to change it.  If evolution produced the world we have, then he is interfering to try to improve failed nation states.  What is failure?  What is improvement?  These concepts have no meaning in a Darwinian world.  His mind is an illusion.  His mission is an illusion.  Good ideas are an illusion.  At best, his work should be seen as a self-serving plot, just like his evolutionary theory predicts.  At worst, he should be viewed as a pawn of his own selfish genes, without the slightest control over what evolution is doing to him. David Sloan Wilson has a super-bad case of the Yoda Complex, in which he envisions his mind on some higher plane than the rest of humanity.  With his academic elitist friends, he looks down on the rest of us, viewing others as evolved primates, while he himself has access to the truth of Darwin.  That is why we call him a deluded maniac, no matter how worthwhile his projects seem on the outside.  Wilson hasn’t come anywhere near Damascus.  He needs a genuine Damascus moment, one that is a complete break from his evolutionary past; one that acknowledges that everything he has been doing all his life, despite his passion for it, is 100% opposed to what is right and good; one that receives the enlightenment of eternal Truth from outside himself; one that calls him to fall on his face off his Yoda pedestal and repent; one that receives mercy and grace to live as a truly altruistic creation of his Maker, empowered by His spirit.  Pray that, during his self-righteous experimentation on other humans, David Sloan Wilson will enter a gospel-preaching church and observe true agape love inexplicable by Darwin.  Pray his Maker will meet him before he meets his Maker.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Microsoft Goes To The Mall With Kinect Features For Wall-Sized Displays

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market markhachman Tags:#Kinect#Microsoft Essentially, Kinect Fusion would allow users to “scan” their own physical objects, then manipulate them and print them out. It’s a different take on the same problem that Autodesk attempted to solve in 2011 with a process that could create 3D models from two-dimensional photos.In a mall kiosk, a retailer could use Kinect to simply “scan in” a new piece of merchandise, Heddle said.The Future Of User Interfaces Is… Microsoft?It’s all part of the what Microsoft sees as its future: natural user interfaces, driven by speech and touch and gestures. Touch might not work naturally on the PC, but it adds a degree of public performance to any retailer. Think about a wall-sized display projected onto the wall of a Microsoft store, or Williams-Sonoma, or JC Penney. Who wouldn’t stop to watch someone waving at a giant LCD screen, and seeing it react?There are still problems to solve. By raising one’s hand, Kinect knows that a user is trying to use it. But that user has to relinquish control for another user to have a turn. In reality, the first user will probably walk away when they’re done; however, other users might want a turn in the meantime, causing a fight for control. And even though Kinect for Windows was designed for Windows 8, it still can’t control it, Heddle said.Nevertheless, Kinect for Windows allows brands to engage with users, and users to engage with brands. A UI that some see as a hassle on the desktop becomes fun in the mall — and the only content to engage with is the brand that paid for it. You might call that a selling point.Images: Microsoft, Amazon (Just Dance) Related Posts center_img The next step, Heddle said, was to make those activities more purposeful. Instead of dancing, for example, Kinect could be used as a rehab tool, working with a virtual physical trainer to ensure that users were putting in the required work. Microsoft also hopes to make Kinect an interface for “dirty hands” environments, such as using a PC when it might be covered with grease, for example. (Samsung’s Galaxy S4 also allows users to swipe left and right, plus preview content, by simply moving their hand near the screen.)“But to do that, we need a selection mechanism,” Heddle said. “The value is that we can see you, understand the way you’re looking, and draw the clothing on you… But to do that, you need to allow the user to choose the clothing, and now there’s a 2D UI component.”How It WorksIf you think about it, operating a PC-like environment doesn’t have to be much different than, say, playing the giant electronic keyboard at FAO Schwarz, as Tom Hanks and a friend did in Big.To gain control of the display, users raise their hand, identifying themselves to the screen. That hand appears as a wavy circle, a cursor that can be moved across the screen by moving your arm. Users “click” by pushing in toward the screen. (There is apparently no double-click in the Kinect interface.) What the new SDK adds is the closed-fist “scroll” gesture, which essentially works a swipe. Close your fist and move your hand down, and the window moves down. Chop your closed hand down rapidly, and the windows scrolls rapidly, like a flicked page on a smartphone.According to Heddle, the new Kinect interface presents a familiar, Windows-like environment for interacting with large-screen content. Small-screen content, too. Last year, Microsoft Research quietly unveiled the Kinected Browser — a set of browser elements that let developers write what are essentially Kinect-aware Web apps. A future with Kinect-equipped PCs won’t necessarily need dedicated software or apps.Kinect FusionMicrosoft also announced Kinect Fusion, essentially the opposite of a 3D printer. With Fusion, the Kinect sensor functions as a wand, which a user can move around a statue or other object, transforming it into a virtual object using voxels, or pixels that exist in a 3D space. While there’s a limit to the number of voxels that can be stored, the detail of the 3D object can be improved by merely moving the Kinect sensor slowly around, allowing it to take more “pictures” of the object, Heddle said. Maybe touch will never be a particularly good match for Microsoft’s Windows. Its Kinect sensor, however — yes, the one mostly used as an attachment for its Xbox 360 game system — might be another story.Today, Microsoft announced two new gestures for Kinect for Windows, the PC-specific version of its Kinect interface. Within the new Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7 are two new gestures: the “push” or “click” gesture, and a closed-fist gesture for scrolling and panning a screen. Both could help power interactive wall-sized displays at your doctors’ office — or the mall.Not An Actual Product — YetRight now, Kinect for Windows is more of a research tool than an actual product. The sensor itself costs $228.99 at Amazon, is designed for closer sensing, and comes with a warning that it must be used as either a development tool or with software that has been designed for it – which, really, none has. But all that’s changing.“We actually think that this will be the biggest advancement [in Kinect for Windows] since the original introduction,” said Bob Heddle, who leads the Kinect for Windows team in the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) Group at Microsoft. Microsoft calls the new gestures Kinect Interactions.If the closed-fist gesture sounds familiar, that’s because Microsoft demonstrated it at its recent TechFest, where Microsoft’s vision for the future was embodied in wall-sized displays. In that environment, touch doesn’t work as well as simply interpreting gestures via Kinect, which can “read” a user’s gestures and translate them into a familiar user interface.Windows On WallsMicrosoft sees those wall-sized displays, powered by Kinect for Windows, in three areas: interactive displays in public spaces, health care, and education and training. Some of Microsoft’s vision is already a reality: at Bloomingdale’s in New York, FaceCake and Microsoft installed “virtual dressing rooms” last year, where shoppers could use Kinect to “try on” a virtual scarf or dress, layered on top of their video “reflection”. And there are virtual exercises of a sort, too, with “Just Dance” and similar Kinect-powered games grading players on how well they copy dance moves.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Spurs team news & likely line-up vs Palace

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Tottenham team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 15:38 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lucas Moura Tottenham Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Mauricio Pochettino’s men will hope to bounce back from a poor showing in their 2-2 draw with Rochdale in the FA Cup Tottenham take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League this weekend, looking to recover from their embarrassing 2-2 draw with Rochdale in the FA Cup.Spurs took a 2-1 lead in the dying minutes, only to allow the lower-league side back into the tie, with Rochdale now set to visit Wembley in the replay.Palace have not won since January, however, and Spurs seemingly have the perfect opportunity to bounce back. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player TOTTENHAM INJURIES Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from, and could give Lucas Moura his Premier League bow after the Brazilian sparkled against Rochdale, scoring his first goal for the club.TOTTENHAM SUSPENSIONS Spurs have no suspended players.TOTTENHAM STARTING LINE-UP With the FA Cup replay on the horizon, Pochettino is unlikely to tinker too much with his strongest XI.Lucas Moura could start, however, while Davinson Sanchez is set to continue in defence after Toby Alderweireld struggled last time out.Harry Kane will surely lead the line, while Serge Aurier and Ben Davies could play as full-backs after Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose featured against Rochdale.Spurs XICRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS Roy Hodgson has a number of injury problems to contend with ahead of the game with Spurs.Mamadou Sakho is a slight doubt with a calf strain, while reported Spurs target Wilfried Zaha could also miss out due to a knee injury.Martin Kelly has a hamstring injury, while Julian Speroni (knee), Bakary Sako (ankle), Jeffrey Schlupp (knee) and Scott Dann (knee) are all sidelined, along with Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickham.Roy Hodgson, Crystal PalaceTV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match kicks off at 12:00 GMT on Sunday, with live television coverage available on Sky Sports in the UK. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Crystal Palace have lost their last five Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur, scoring just one goal in the process. However, the Eagles did win an FA Cup fifth round match against the Lilywhites in February 2016. Spurs will be looking to win three consecutive away league games against Crystal Palace for the first time in their history. Kane has scored 13 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances in the month of February, scoring in both matches this month. Palace have scored five Premier League penalties this season, with no side scoring more (level with Everton and Man City); Spurs are one of three sides (also Leicester and Man City) yet to concede from the spot. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sell the Issue, then Your Organization to Better Connect with Your Audience

first_imgAt least at the get go. That’s the most vital takeaway from my Cause Marketing 101 for Nonprofits workshop earlier in the year, and one that’s applicable to every communications strategy you use — at least for early passes and newer audiences.As session leaders Jay Aldous and Stevan Miller (both brilliant facilitators and cause marketing geniuses with the US Fund for UNICEF) pointed out, the immediate point of connection has to be on the issues. The issues shared by your organization and your audiences (be it a potential cause marketing partner, a prospective donor or board member, or a possible program participant), or their needs that your organization/products/services can address, are the first point of connection.Here’s a great UNICEF example, used to develop cause marketing partners for their immunization program. Immunizations don’t have emotional weight, but the right to a healthy childhood does, especially with moms. So UNICEF went after partners in the baby and child product arena (among others). Point of connection made.Once that connection is made, then jump in with your powerfully succinct summary showing (always stronger than telling) that your organization does it better — is the most effective in addressing those issues, satisfying those needs, with a concrete proof or two.Jay and Stevan, a million thank yous. Sometimes the simplest path is so hard to find.Source: the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (, Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, ( and read her blog at for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint.last_img read more

Quick Tips on Great Email Subject Lines

first_imgGet up close and personalUse “you” in the subject line — Your gift can change this family’s life. Be a teaseYou’re not going to believe this… Lots of great ideas here for you to put to use. I urge you to experiment, but wait to complete the body of the email before you write the subject line. Review the email to identify the most compelling element; then feature that in the subject line.Source: the AuthorNancy E. Schwartz helps nonprofits succeed through effective marketing and communications. As President of Nancy Schwartz & Company (, Nancy and her team provide marketing planning and implementation services to organizations as varied as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Asian American Media, and Wake County (NC) Health Services.Subscribe to her free e-newsletter “Getting Attention”, ( and read her blog at for more insights, ideas and great tips on attracting the attention your organization deserves.NOTE: You’re welcome to “reprint” this article online as long as it remains complete and unaltered (including the copyright and “about the author” info at the end), and you send a copy of your reprint. There’s no more important content in your organization’s email and e-newsletters than the subject line.I’ve thought and written a lot about this topic, but was struck by these imaginative suggestions from Gail Goodman, CEO of e-newsletter service provider Constant Contact:Ask a questionObviously, the question has to be relevant to your audiences Tell it like it isThe just the facts approach works best when you have a specific audience and know their interestslast_img read more