James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie Being Done With Producing

first_img Is James Murphy “Done” Producing For Good? james-murphy-advice-david-bowie-being-done-producing Facebook James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie, Being “Done” With Producing Twitter News Email The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, producer, and LCD Soundsystem bandleader hints he might be hanging up his production spurs in new interviewBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 5:00 pm James Murphy’s production and engineering portfolio is quietly impressive.Outside of his thrice GRAMMY-nominated work with his band LCD Soundsystem, for which he is the frontman and chief songwriter, Murphy has contributed tracks and helped produce full albums for many of the bigger names in the alternative, indie, and dance-pop scenes.When building his first studio, he sought advice from former boss and mentor Steve Albini. He worked on a track with the Gorillaz and André 3000 in 2012. In 2013 he produced a song with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, with whom he also shared a well-documented misspent youth in New York City around the turn of the millennium, for their fourth studio album Mosquito.He produced the lion’s share of songs on Arcade Fire’s Best Alternative Music Album GRAMMY-nominated Reflektor, and played drums on two songs from David Bowie’s Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album GRAMMY-winning Blackstar.During the Blackstar sessions, Murphy sat in a room with GRAMMY-winning producer Tony Visconti and GRAMMY-nominated bandleader Donny McCaslin and casually suggested Bowie should consider using a different chord progression on an undisclosed song from the album (advice which Bowie actually took when recording).Yet, in the face of his impressive catalogue, he told Guardian that the lessons he’s gained from reviving LCD Soundsystem after a 5-year hiatus have left him with the sense that he may forgo producing altogether.Murphy describes himself as a series of contradictions that amount to a controlling nature that’s at odds with a hypersensitivity to people’s feelings. He indicates that his short-lived presence at Bowie’s Blackstar sessions – where he’d been initially brought in as a potential co-producer with Visconti – became a moment where he recognized his nature might be incompatible with the requirements of a producer role. “I feel like I’d possibly been brought in to play some kind of Brian Eno role and that is so far from what I am,” he explains.  “I’m not being inflexible, I’m not being stubborn, it’s just not there. I can’t produce. I think I’m done producing. I can’t do it.”Longtime fans surely know that Murphy’s neuroses and idiosyncrasies tend to drive him to create his best work, so it’s certain that his assertion that he’s “done” producing must be taken with at least a medium-sized grain of salt.Interestingly enough, the specific advice he got from Bowie that prompted him to put his doubts aside and revive LCD Soundsystem is likely the biggest indication that Murphy’s production career is not yet over: “I was talking about getting the band back together. [Bowie] said, ‘Does it make you uncomfortable?’ I said ‘Yeah’, and he said, ‘Good – it should. You should be uncomfortable.'”Read More: Explore The Strokes’ First Years In New Rock BookRead morelast_img read more

Macaulay Culkin stays Home Alone again for Google Assistant

first_imgThe modern version of Kevin McCallister is much more laid-back than the original. Google got former child star Macaulay Culkin to reprise his most famous role for an ad for Google Assistant. Review • Google Nest Hub review: Still the smart display to beat Dell Online The video ties in with Google Assistant’s launch of a bunch of Home Alone-themed Easter eggs this December. At least this time, nobody gets hit in the face with an iron. 0 2019 movies to geek out over The video is both a nostalgic revisiting of the 1990 hit Home Alone and a clever way to show off what Google’s voice-activated devices can do. Culkin once again finds himself at home alone around Christmas time. He uses a Google Home Hub, Google Home Mini and his phone to check his calendar, set reminders, order pizza and adjust the house temperature. The narrative this time plays out very differently from the movie. The thieves never make it inside thanks to a Google-triggered “Operation Kevin” that activates the front door’s smart lock and sets a whole sequence of house-protecting events into motion.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best Buy Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant. Take it from @IncredibleCulk. #HeyGoogle pic.twitter.com/9OifLkJHOP— Google (@Google) December 19, 2018 How To • Google Assistant, Android Q, Google Nest Hub Max: Google’s big plans for the rest of the year Walmart $99 See it Tags See Itcenter_img Mentioned Above Google Home Hub #heygoogle Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult?  Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad pic.twitter.com/uO9qMPrUT3— Macaulay Culkin (@IncredibleCulk) December 19, 2018 See It Google Nest Hub “Turns out it’s a lot easier to defend your house from bandits when you have the Google Assistant,” Google tweeted on Wednesday.Culkin dropped an arguably snarky remark on Twitter, saying, “Have you ever wondered what Kevin McCallister is like as an adult?  Me neither. But just in case you’re curious you should totally watch this #ad.” Share your voice $99 $99 See It News • Get the Google Nest Hub for just $67 Preview • Google Home Hub joins the fight to put a screen on your countertop 77 Photos $79 Post a comment Google Assistant Googlelast_img read more

Popup catering over Eid

first_imgEid meals ready for deliveryEverything shuts down for the Eid holidays, even most eateries. So those who normally eat out or buy their meals on the way home, are forced to cook for themselves during Eid or depend on friends and relatives for their meals. For those who cooking is not a routine task, this becomes quite a hassle.But that’s what business is all about, supplying where there is a demand. And so Mekhla, Salsa Bili and Sharmin Jahan and others like them grab the opportunity to cook and home deliver food during Eid and other holidays when the city comes to a standstill.These culinary entrepreneurs pop up on the social media. A news media person, Sirajum Munira, posted a note on an online shopping platform asking if anyone could deliver food on Eid and the day after.She said, “All food shops close down for Eid. But for us who work throughout the holidays, this can be a problem. That’s why I looked for someone who can supply meals at this time.”Sirajum Munira’s post revealed many who were ready to home deliver food during Eid. Salsa Bili Jannat was one of them. Salsa Bili used to be a presenter and a researcher. As a mother of a young child, it is much easier for her to work from home. Her business is quite new, meeting the demand for those who need cooked meals. Now she has opened her own online page.She said, “I cooked for about 40 people during Eid. I have similar orders for the day after Eid too.”How does it feel having to work while everyone else is on holiday? Salsa Bili said, “I would be cooking anyway for my own family, so I just cook a bit more. That solves the customers’ problems and I can earn some money too.”Salsa’s customers are her acquaintances. Housewife Bijoya is a regular client. She said, “We get perfect homemade food here and it’s a big help during the holidays when everything is closed.”Like Salsa Bili, Sharmeen Jahan Chowdhury is also an entrepreneur. She used to be quite happy cooking at home and looking after her family. She never imagined taking up any such initiative. It was her son, a university student, who first hit upon the idea of channelling his mother’s skills into a business. He opened a Facebook page for her. Just two months into the business, Sharmeen Chowdhury’s kitchen already supplied 20 persons’ meals for Eid and has another 40 orders for the day after.“It feels good to be doing something,” said Sharmeen.“My customers come back again and again with orders. I feel a connection with them and it also feels good to be able to cook for them on Eid,” she added.Mekhla is there for those stranded without such food facilities on Eid. She is hearing-impaired but her husband Mahdi Masud was determined not to let this interfere with her work. She has a Facebook page now, Mekhla’s kitchen and regularly gets orders. Her husband and two sons deliver the food. She received meal orders for 300 people this Eid. “Mekhla began the food service just out of fun, but the business is now flourishing. This is an income for the family and it has also built us good relations with so many people,” said Mahdi.Delivering food to the homes is one of the main problems of this business. The existing courier services are unwilling to deliver food. So either the client has to come and pick up the food or the supplier delivers it. That’s why the business doesn’t expand too much, but they are happy with the way things are.Jesmin Akhter makes sweets, halwa and other desserts. Her daughter Salwa Mustafa lives abroad, and so Jesmin found herself with ample spare time on hand. That’s when she started making desserts. Her daughter opened a Facebook page for her called Mithai Monda. She makes the sweets and delivers them herself by car.Jesmin said, “I would make sweets for my daughter when she lived here, now my customers are my kids! They love my sweets on various festivals and that makes me happy.”*The report has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

KMDA to repair Sealdah flyover soon

first_imgKolkata: The consulting agency engaged by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) to do the health study of Sealdah flyover, popularly known as Vidyapati Setu, has stated that the bridge is in need of repair.”The preliminary report has pointed out that the Sealdah flyover is in need of repair. But the condition is not such that it needs immediate work. We have sought a detailed report from the consulting agency, in which they will specify the areas that need to be repaired,” state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHakim has already brought the report to the notice of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A senior KMDA official said that the detailed report will be submitted in the month of July and the tender will be floated for repair of the bridge. “There are seven other bridges for which we have already engaged a consultant and their health study is going on in full swing,” the official said. The flyover, set up in the late 1970s, is one of the busiest in the city. It may be mentioned that soon after the caving in of Majerhat bridge in September last year, the state government had prepared a list of 15 bridges for structural health audit. The list included Dhakuria bridge, Bijon Setu, Auro- bindo Setu, Chetla bridge, Kalighat Bridge, Durgapur bridge and Sealdah flyover among others.last_img read more

2018 is the year of graph databases Heres why

first_imgWith the explosion of data, businesses are looking to innovate as they connect their operations to a whole host of different technologies. The need for consistency across all data elements is now stronger than ever. That’s where graph databases come in handy. Because they allow for a high level of flexibility when it comes to representing your data and also while handling complex interactions within different elements, graph databases are considered by many to be the next big trend in databases. In this article, we dive deep into the current graph database scene, and list out 3 top reasons why graph databases will continue to soar in terms of popularity in 2018. What are graph databases, anyway? Simply put, graph databases are databases that follow the graph model. What is a graph model, then? In mathematical terms, a graph is simply a collection of nodes, with different nodes connected by edges. Each node contains some information about the graph, while edges denote the connection between the nodes. How are graph databases different from the relational databases, you might ask? Well, the key difference between the two is the fact that graph data models allow for more flexible and fine-grained relationships between data objects, as compared to relational models. There are some more differences between the graph data model and the relational data model, which you should read through for more information. Often, you will see that graph databases are without a schema. This allows for a very flexible data model, much like the document or key/value store database models. A unique feature of the graph databases, however, is that they also support relationships between the data objects like a relational database. This is useful because it allows for a more flexible and faster database, which can be invaluable to your project which demands a quicker response time. Image courtesy DB-Engines The rise in popularity of the graph database models over the last 5 years has been stunning, but not exactly surprising. If we were to drill down the 3 key factors that have propelled the popularity of graph databases to a whole new level, what would they be? Let’s find out. Major players entering the graph database market About a decade ago, the graph database family included just Neo4j and a couple of other less-popular graph databases. More recently, however, all the major players in the industry such as Oracle (Oracle Spatial and Graph), Microsoft (Graph Engine), SAP (SAP Hana as a graph store) and IBM (Compose for JanusGraph) have come up with graph offerings of their own. The most recent entrant to the graph database market is Amazon, with Amazon Neptune announced just last year. According to Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, graph databases are becoming a part of the growing trend of multi-model databases. Per Jassy, these databases are finding increased adoption on the cloud as they support a myriad of useful data processing methods. The traditional over-reliance on relational databases is slowly breaking down, he says. Rise of the Cypher Query Language With graph databases slowly getting mainstream recognition and adoption, the major companies have identified the need for a standard query language for all graph databases. Similar to SQL, Cypher has emerged as a standard and is a widely-adopted alternative to write efficient and easy to understand graph queries. As of today, the Cypher Query Language is used in popular graph databases such as Neo4j, SAP Hana, Redis graph and so on. The OpenCypher project, the project that develops and maintains Cypher, has also released Cypher for popular Big Data frameworks like Apache Spark. Cypher’s popularity has risen tremendously over the last few years. The primary reason for this is the fact that like SQL, Cypher’s declarative nature allows users to state the actions they want performed on their graph data without explicitly specifying them. Finding critical real-world applications Graph databases were in the news as early as 2016, when the Panama paper leaks were revealed with the help of Neo4j and Linkurious, a data visualization software. In more recent times, graph databases have also found increased applications in online recommendation engines, as well as for performing tasks that include fraud detection and managing social media. Facebook’s search app also uses graph technology to map social relationships. Graph databases are also finding applications in virtual assistants to drive conversations – eBay’s virtual shopping assistant is an example. Even NASA uses the knowledge graph architecture to find critical data. What next for graph databases? With growing adoption of graph databases, we expect graph-based platforms to soon become the foundational elements of many corporate tech stacks. The next focus area for these databases will be practical implementations such as graph analytics and building graph-based applications. The rising number of graph databases would also mean more competition, and that is a good thing – competition will bring more innovation, and enable incorporation of more cutting-edge features. With a healthy and steadily growing community of developers, data scientists and even business analysts, this evolution may be on the cards, sooner than we might expect. Read Next Amazon Neptune: A graph database service for your applications When, why and how to use Graph analytics for your big datalast_img read more

More AMRewards perks to come in 2018 following a recordbreaking 2017

More AMRewards perks to come in 2018 following a record-breaking 2017 Travelweek Group Monday, January 15, 2018 Posted by NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA — It was a record-breaking third consecutive year for AMResorts’ agent loyalty program, with over 30,000 travel agents registered and millions of dollars’ worth of rewards redeemed.According to the company, AMRewards experienced unprecedented growth in Canada and the U.S. last year, having its highest participation to date with a 65% increase in total bookings entered in the program year over year.Looking ahead, the company says agents will experience even more AMRewards contests and benefits in 2018, plus enhanced platforms and programs featuring an improved user experience and more educational opportunities.Starting this month, AMRewards newly launched Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa campaign allows agents to receive double points in January when entering bookings for this family-friendly property in the Riviera Maya.Additionally, there are two major relaunches planned for the travel agent community in 2018. In the first quarter, the all-new AMRAgents.com will make its debut with new content, sales tools and personalized options for agents. In the second quarter, agents can expect the new and improved Master Agent Program, which will be re-platformed with enhanced content and gamified testing, as well as new certifications for agents. In addition to the standard AMResorts Master Agent certification, agents may choose to become a Brand Specialist or an AMResorts Master Wedding Agent.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthOver the past year, AMRewards has received several enhancements, including a new online booking engine that allows agents to redeem points for stays, discounts on transfers and excursions when booked in conjunction with stays, and new branded tote bags and redemption items. Plus, agents enjoyed 5% cash back on select retailers with new AMRewards Visa prepaid cards, as well as a new landing page on AMRAgents.com.“Following the incredible success of 2017, AMResorts will be investing more in its loyal agent community with a commitment to continue to raise the bar even higher for the AMRewards program,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Planning Retail Sales North America, AMRewards and Sales & Marketing for Canada. “Beyond providing agents with tools to help their sales and even more opportunities to reap the rewards, AMRewards continues to evolve and support agents in delivering personalized and customized travel experiences to their clients.” Share Tags: Agent Incentives << Previous PostNext Post >> read more