Disc Jam Ready To Bring A Rocking Lineup With An Intimate Vibe To Upstate New York

first_imgThe Disc Jam Music Festival is once again coming to Stephentown in upstate New York for its sixth edition, from June 9th-12th. Still tagging itself as one of the “little” festivals, Disc Jam definitely knows how to keep the vibe intimate, while boasting a solid lineup of some of the jam, funk and livetronica scene’s top talent. Taking place on a 700 acre expanse of rolling fields, wooded forest, a small pond, stream and other natural beauty all around, the festival has seen its attendance rise year after year, as its lineup simply gets better and better (ticket details at this LINK).Headlining the festival this year will be Dopapod, who will be performing two nights, with one set being special “Dopapod Orchestra” performance. Joining them will be Electon, which sees The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner’s teaming up with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead / American Babies guitarist Tom Hamilton and Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield. Connecticut funk act Kung Fu is slated to perform, along with instrumental rock-fusion band TAUK, everyone’s favorite mash-up tribute Pink Talking Fish, the psychedelic funk of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, that straight soul that the Nth Power so deftly delivers, and the list goes on and on.Check out the recap video from last year’s festivities:[courtesy of CreativeElement]Enjoy a much-anticipated Radiohead set from Consider The Source, as well as what is sure to be an epic late-night global dance party to the gypsy dubtronica sounds of Govinda. Gubbulidis (Mihali and Gubb from Twiddle) will bring the feel good vibes. Oh, and Cappadonna will be representing the Wu-Tang Clan a set of some straight Staten Island, NY hip-hop just to throw that in there. A special Dub Apocolypse set featuring Aashish Vyas and Sleepy Wonder of Thievery Corporation and Ed Mann from Frank Zappa’s band rounds out the lineup nicely.Disc Jam boasts great GA and VIP camping options with picturesque views all around, and for the first time will feature a shuttle option for those that want to take the step up and stay at condos that are five minutes down the road from the festival. On-site is an awesome Disc Golf course that will see two separate tournaments take place over the weekend, with free play all day Thursday and Friday for anyone that wants to give the frisbee a spin (details).For more information and tickets, check out the Disc Jam Music Festival website HERE. See you there!Enter To Win A Pair Of VIP Tickets:last_img read more

Friesen is best for Board of Supervisors

first_imgAbout 40 years ago, my late wife, Betsy Davis, became the first woman to run for the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. She didn’t quite make it. Since then — with understandable bias — I have seen few candidates that could match her concern and commitment. But this year I have been deeply impressed with the candidacy of Pat Friesen for supervisor, a person who has the same commitment that Betsy had. I have known Pat as a member of my congregation, a person committed to “creative industry” (small unique businesses here in town that showcase creative young local entrepreneurs), and a person who has served on almost every board in town dedicated to the arts, civil rights and women’s rights.But it isn’t a question of how many organizations she has served, but rather that of a detailed devotion to so many of the things that make this a great city, from Code Blue to SPAC.When we have someone with this much political experience, wisdom and as powerful and sophisticated a commitment to the public good, it would be a shame to lose that.I strongly urge voters to support her candidacy for the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.Rev. Tom DavisSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Batsman Hope backs West Indies to get 500 in ODIs

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – West Indies have the firepower to post the first 500 total in one-day internationals, top order batsman Shai Hope has said ahead of the Cricket World Cup. England boast the top ODI score of 481-6 that they posted against Australia last year in Nottingham, while Australia’s 417–6 against Afghanistan in 2015 is the highest total in the history of World Cup.Wicketkeeper-batsman Hope smashed 101 off 86 balls and Andre Russell lived up to his big-hitting reputation with a breezy 25-ball 54 as the Caribbean side amassed 421 in Tuesday’s warm-up match against New Zealand before being all out in the final over.“It is definitely a goal we can try to achieve at some point,” Hope said after West Indies won the match by 91 runs.“Definitely, it would be great to be the first team to cross that 500 mark, and I am sure we have the batting firepower to do it.”Besides all-rounder Russell, West Indies also have formidable power-hitters in Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounders Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite.“If you are asking me if we are capable of it, definitely we are,” Brathwaite said.Russell, 31, was at his destructive best with the bat in the last edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, smashing 52 sixes and scoring at a strike rate of more than 200 for the Kolkata franchise, both best in the league.“He is just incredible – a freak of nature really,” Hope said. “I don’t really know what to say about Russ, he just hits it and once he hits it, it goes for six.“It is a pleasure to be on the same team as he, I can tell you that. If you are on the field you are not sure what you are going to bowl at him. It is just nice to enjoy from the inside.”last_img read more

Day Two – Men’s Amateur: England duo hit Route 66 on way to match play

first_img England colleagues Joe Long and Callum Farr hit Route 66 to motor into the last 64 of the English Men’s Amateur Championship.Gloucestershire’s Long and Farr, from Northamptonshire, carded course record scores on the Bracken at Woodhall Spa to make the knockout stages of the England Golf event.Boyce Hill golfer Jack Dyer also followed them in with a six under par round to join the duo in the record books and the match play stages after day two of the stroke play qualifying event.Long’s 36-hole total of nine-under par saw him lead the field by three shots and he will go into the match play as top seed.Farr’s 66 helped him recover from an opening round 79 on the Hotchkin which left him facing an early exit from the tournament.His two-round total of level par allowed him to comfortably make the cut which came at +4.Long admitted: “I didn’t know what the course record was, but it’s always nice to hear what you’ve achieved after playing well.“I managed to get the record at Royal Johannesburg when I was in South Africa over the winter with England too.“I’ve been playing consistently going into the championships and just hitting my driver so well.“My confidence is high so we’ll see where it takes me over the coming days.”The competition for silverware over the next four days promises to be as hot as the weather with a host of top names in contention to go all the way to Sunday’s 36-hole final.The 2019 Brabazon winner Ben Schmidt has been joined by England colleagues Arron Edwards-Hill, Robin Williams, Sam Broadhurst, Max Martin, Matty Lamb  and Sam Bairstow.Bairstow’s six-under par round of 67 on the Hotchkin course was particularly impressive on a day when the wind continued to blow and make the slick greens tricky to negotiate.However, it’s not just the young guns who are impressing this week.A man with local knowledge – Woodhall Spa’s recently-crowned club champion, Paul Wharton –  has also made the knockout rounds.Wharton is included the field for next week’s English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship – also being held on his home track. 29 Jul 2020 Day Two – Men’s Amateur: England duo hit Route 66 on way to match play last_img read more

Remove Unwanted Shot Features with Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer

first_imgThe FixTo get started, first we need to head to the color page, find the clip that needs the fix, create a new node, and finally apply the Patch Replacer from the Resolve Revival category. This section of the Resolve Effects library is where you will find the tools to revive or fix your footage.When you first add the Patch Replacer onto a node, you’ll see these two ellipses: the source patch and the target patch. If we relate back to Photoshop’s clone tool, this works in a very similar fashion. You place the target ellipse (which can also be changed to a square or an alpha channel) over the area of the image that needs removal and the source patch over an appropriate space to clone.Resolve, by default, uses an Adaptive Blend fill-in-method. This method uses pixel data from the source but will blend the edges of the target area with color and lighting data from the surrounding area of the target patch. The adaptive blend isn’t so much a direct clone but a blend of both to make a more organic-looking replacement. I find this method works great when patching over shrubbery or a tree line. Unlike a lot of tools used to repair errors, the patch replacer is relatively easy to use and can quickly become a one-stop solution. If you have a stationary shot with the mic slightly in the frame, simply drag the effect to a node and position the source and target regions. Mission accomplished.However, there are going to be situations when the default settings aren’t appropriate, and you will need to change them.First, we have the fill-in method. You can change this from adaptive to clone or to fast mask. The clone option literally clones the source to the target. While at first, the harsh edge makes the patch replacement quite distinct . . .. . . with an increase in the Blur Sharp Edges slider, which essentially feathers the target patch, you may find it sometimes produces a better result than the adaptive fill (depending on the shapes and colors of the original image.Then we have the Fast Mask. This eliminates the source patch and instead does a quick pixel blend from neighboring pixels. Generally, this will only ever be useful for minute errors such as a drop of water on the lens, but even then, the results will vary.The other adjustable settings are fundamental parameters such as global blend, position, and size. While you can adjust the size of the source and target patch on the preview monitor, you may get more precise results using slider or numerical input in the inspector.This is the Patch Replacer. Based on the image, it seems like a simple tool to use, and to some extent it is. I’m sure that with just a small tweak of the settings, the most inexperienced Resolve users can remove most foreign objects within a frame. The difficulty in using the effect, however, comes into play when the shot is moving.Once you have positioned and corrected the patch, it then needs to be tracked so it follows with the camera movement. It’s only recently with the addition of Fusion into Resolve that I’ve started doing these sort of fixes in Resolve — and not taking the media clip to an additional program like After Effects. With that, there were a few hurdles in understanding how the FX tracking works in Resolve.With the Patch Replacement complete, open the tracking window (found in the middle of the group controls) and select FX from the drop-down menu on the top-right of the panel. As with the stabilization and power window tracking, you hit one button, and the task is complete. Since Resolve has a world-class tracking system, there’s little need for additional user input. However, that isn’t the case for FX tracking.If I were to hit the track forward button, I would see the following text: “No live features to track.”This is because we haven’t manually added a track point — there’s nothing to track. To do so, you need to add a tracker by hitting the add tracker point button (one that I initially couldn’t find for quite some time despite it being glaringly obvious).You want to add tracking points to very visible elements that surround the area that needs a patch. In a perfect situation, you would want to add tracking points to the equipment in the shot; however, in this specific example, the slider is out of focus and would make for poor tracking. The white and red strips of paint on the other hand are great examples of visible elements to track. When you have added the tracking points, hit track forward (and track backward if needed), and your patch replacement should remain in place when the clip plays forward.Like the clone tool in Photoshop, there are limitations to the Patch Replacer. It only replaces patches, if the majority of your frame consists of visual errors, it might take something a little stronger than Resolve 15 to correct that.Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve trainer.Looking for more Resolve trips and tricks? Check these out.Resolve’s Lens Reflections and Film Damage FX AnalyzedVideo Tutorial: How to Configure The ADR Panel In Resolve 15Your Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci ResolveThe New Features of DaVinci Resolve 15’s Edit PageGet To Know DaVinci Resolve 15’s Super Scale Feature Do you need to remove some unwanted elements from your footage? DaVinci Resolve 15’s Patch Replacer has got the fix you need.Resolve has always offered tools that can help you remove unwanted features from your images, but with Resolve 15, these tools have been streamlined, and new additions are now available. Let’s have a look at how you can patch an unwanted element from your image with the Patch Replacer.In the shot below, the edge of the slider is visible.The slider is only in the frame for a few seconds, and I’m sure we could use the 2:35:1 output blanking or slightly increase the scale to hide the slider, but they are cheap fixes and not always viable solutions. We want to remove this error. We could do this by using a power window to create a digital paint job; however, now in 15, the patch replacer plugin can do the same job more efficiently. The patch replacer is essentially Resolve’s answer to the clone tool in Photoshop. It clones, either adaptively or directly, a patch from the source to the target.If you watched the Blackmagic Design Resolve 15 announcement at NAB, the host of the video also demonstrates that this tool can duplicate onscreen features, so we don’t have to use this tool solely to patch errors; there are creative elements that we can also use.last_img read more

Is Your Work Your Paycheck or Your Legacy

first_imgThere are some things that you do for money. Other things, bigger, more important things, you do for legacy.You might need a job to survive. A job is something that you do in exchange for money. Work, however, is something different. Work is about your legacy, the difference that you make, your contribution.Legacy is about how you live your purpose. It’s about who you are at your core. It’s about character. It’s about what you do—and what you don’t do.Money provides you with freedom. It provides you with choices. It allows you to, in some ways, make a greater contribution. But it isn’t your legacy.You aren’t King Tut, and no one is going to bury you with your money and your worldly possessions. Your banker isn’t going to attend your funeral (but your lawyer just might). Having your name on a building isn’t legacy, especially if the only contribution you made was financial. A legacy is about much more than how much money you acquire.A paycheck may be necessary; everyone needs money to live. But legacy is optional. Legacy is intentional. It means you have to make a contribution. It requires that you give of yourself something that benefits other people.Legacy doesn’t require that you have a lot of money. It doesn’t require that you are famous (a lot of really famous people are famous for being famous and are leaving no real legacy). Legacy requires that you produce something worthwhile and that that something is passed into the future.You might have a job to make money, but your work is about your legacy. It’s wonderful if your job and your work are the same thing, but if they are not, you need to give yourself over as much as possible to your real work. That’s your legacy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

a month agoSampdoria president Ferrero challenges Vialli to get serious

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sampdoria president Ferrero challenges Vialli to get seriousby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has challenged Gianluca Vialli to get serious if he wants to buy the club.Ferrero insists he’s not the one holding up the sale.”I called it a song and dance, because if I want to buy a club, a price is agreed, it is paid and the paperwork exchanged,” Ferrero told Rai Due.“Anyone who knows about football gives their value to Sampdoria. When I arrived here, the Primavera youth team was playing 80km away, there was no home stadium for them, but I created Sampdoria Next Generations, a football school introducing kids to Samp.“I don’t know how much they are offering me, because I haven’t heard from anyone and there are no negotiations. If Vialli wants Sampdoria, he should come here and make an offer. You’ve got to stop attacking me about this.“If they give me the money Sampdoria is worth, then I will walk away. If not, I’m staying here, as Samp is in my heart and I am not afraid of anything.“I work for Samp from morning until night. Vialli is a legend for Samp, I know that, but let’s try to make sense of the whole thing.” last_img read more

This Video Will Get You Hyped For Saturday’s Massive Oklahoma-TCU Game

first_imgOklahoma players come together on game day.YouTube/Swanny JA few weeks ago, it looked like Oklahoma would be a big roadblock for the TCU Horned Frogs on their path to the College Football Playoff. After the Frogs’ blowout loss to Oklahoma State (and a legitimate struggle against Kansas), and the Sooners’ huge win over Baylor, the script has been flipped. Now Oklahoma is being touted as a big time Playoff contender, while the Frogs are looking to climb back into contention. With Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson having injury issues, the Frogs are pretty beat up, helping give OU a chance at another big win.Sooners hype video-maker Swanny J dropped his TCU clip early this week. Sooners fans probably won’t complain. Beating the Frogs would be another big step towards making the top four:last_img read more

Chief Canadian NAFTA negotiator not expecting progress on auto content rules

first_imgOTTAWA – Despite tough talk from the U.S. about the job-killing impact of NAFTA on its automotive sector, Canada’s chief negotiator isn’t expecting to see a detailed American proposal on the matter during the latest round of talks to rewrite the continental trade pact.Rules of origin will be “a subject for discussion but we’re not expecting to see anything radically new at this point,” Steve Verheul said Saturday.Verheul made the comment as he arrived for the start of the third round of negotiations, the first at which Canada is playing host.Concern has been mounting among trade experts that the year-end deadline for revamping NAFTA will be impossible to meet if negotiators don’t start during this round to confront some of the most contentious issues, rules of origin prime among them.Asked if he expects anything radically different on any file, Verheul said: “We’ll really have to see. It’s too early, I’m just walking in now.”Under NAFTA’s current rules of origin, vehicles must have at least 62.5 per cent North American content to qualify for duty-free movement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.At the opening round of negotiations in Washington last month, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer pronounced that the North American content requirement must be raised and a specific American content requirement must be added, along with a way to verify that content.But the U.S. has yet to provide any details.Reports in the U.S. suggest the Americans are looking at raising the North American content to more than 70 per cent and adding a specific U.S. content requirement of anywhere from 35 to 50 per cent.They are also looking to add steel and electronics, not currently covered by NAFTA, to the list of auto parts whose origin must be traced and accounted for under the content requirement.On the eve of the third round, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross published a column in which he blasted NAFTA for allowing outside countries to provide parts for vehicles that aren’t covered by the content requirement — likely an allusion to the rapidly increasing amount of electronic components which are primarily produced in China, Japan and Germany.He cited a new study which found the American content of manufactured goods, specifically autos, imported from Canada and Mexico has dropped “significantly” since NAFTA went into effect in 1994.“If we don’t fix the rules of origin, negotiations on the rest of the agreement will fail to meaningfully shift the trade imbalance,” Ross wrote.“Our nation’s ballooning trade deficit has gutted American manufacturing, killed jobs and sapped our wealth.”For all that, Verheul’s comments suggest the Americans still aren’t ready to show their hand.Canadian officials believe resolving American concerns about the exodus of automotive jobs to low-wage Mexico is the key to staving off U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to rip up NAFTA.But while the Americans are focusing on the content requirement to remedy the problem, Canadian officials believe it would be more effective to set more stringent labour and environmental standards, which would raise wages and production costs in Mexico to levels closer to those in Canada and the U.S.Verheul said it’s “doubtful” negotiators will be able to sign off on the environment chapter during this round, which an American official had earlier suggested was possible.last_img read more

Brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway

first_imgUPDATE 7:45 p.m. – The fire is now contained and the Wildfire Service says the fire reached 7 hectares in size and was caused by humans.UPDATE 4:45 p.m.:  The Alaska Highway is open in both directions after being closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow a water bomber to drop retardant on the brush fire.  Crews are still working to contain the fire.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to a brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway. As of 4:30 p.m. crews have closed the Alaska Highway in both directions while a water bomber drops fire retardant on the fire.The fire was first seen by local residents at approximately 3:30 p.m. between the 252 road and the Dump road. The fire is south the Coffee Creek Subdivision.If you’re in the area let us know what you see, email [email protected] with any video or photo and information about the status of the Alaska Highway.If we learn any more information, we will update this story. Resized_20190511_163148_7881 Resized_20190511_163723_9355 Resized_20190511_163144_9159 copy Resized_20190511_164621_7084 copy Resized_20190511_164550_4116 copylast_img read more