Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik recently revealed the lineup for his newest venture, a solo band called the John Kadlecik Band. The JKB features the unique talents of Klyph Black (Zen Tricksters), Waynard Scheller (The Jam Stampede) and Nathan Graham (DC Mystery Cats).The band has just announced an extensive fall tour, performing up and down the East Coast throughout the month of November and into December. The JKB made their debut at Peach Festival last summer, though some changes have locked this lineup into place. We can’t wait to catch this crew on the road!John K Band Fall Tour Schedule11.05.15 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA (Dead & Co late night)11.06.15 The Hamilton Washington, DC (Dead & Co late night)11.07.15 Martin’s Downtown Roanoke, VA11.08.15 Shaka’s Live Virginia Beach, VA11.12.15 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ11.13.15 Hall at MP Brooklyn, NY11.14.15 The Met Cafe Providence, RI11.15.15 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT11.17.15 Woodlands Tavern Columbus, OH11.18.15 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH11.20.15 Martyr’s Chicago, IL11.21.15 Limelight Eventplex Peoria, IL11.22.15 Bootleg at Atomic Cowboy St Louis, MO11.24.15 The Mousetrap Indianapolis, IN11.25.15 Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington, KY11.27.15 Headliner’s Louisville, KY11.28.15 Southgate House Covington, KY12.01.15 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC12.03.15 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA12.04.15 Blind Tiger Greensboro, NC12.09.15 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA12.12.15 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
On Friday, news broke that Austin, TX city officials had forced the cancellation of South By Southwest (SXSW), the annual music, film, and tech summit, due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This news came just days after firms like Facebook and Amazon pulled out of the event. Shortly thereafter, event organizers confirmed that SXSW does not have insurance that covers the cancellation.Related: Miami City Officials Pushing Ultra Music Festival Postponement Due To CoronavirusThe Austin Chronicle reported on Friday evening that SXSW’s insurance policy does not cover cancellations due to disease outbreak or “local state of disaster,” according to event co-founder Nick Barbaro. Another SXSW co-founder and Managing Director, Roland Swenson, confirmed to the Chronicle via text, “We have a lot of insurance (terrorism, injury, property destruction, weather). However, bacterial infections, communicable diseases, viruses and pandemics are not covered.” Those statements refute several claims that the event organizers and city would benefit from the cancellation.With regard to tickets, SXSW clearly states in its terms and conditions that it does not offer refunds under any circumstances. “Any and all payments made to SXSW are not refundable for any reason, including, without limitation, failure to use Credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and/or duplicate purchases.”Event organizers have told patrons, however, that their credentials can be used in future years, including 2021, 2022, and 2023. Head to SXSW’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the event.Following the SXSW cancellation, city officials worried about the impact it would have on the local economy. Mayor Steve Adler spearheaded a “Stand With Austin” campaign, encouraging the community to “Go out to eat, drink & listen to live music. Support the artists, businesses, and working people who make Austin special.” Visit the “Stand With Austin” website to donate. Proceeds will benefit individuals and small businesses hit hardest by the event’s cancellation. Watch the campaign announcement video below:[H/T Austin Chronicle]
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWars are less deadly than they’ve been for 12,000 years. Things could get even better. A sign at the entrance to the West Point War Museum states, “Unquestionably, war-making is an aspect of human nature which will continue as nations attempt to impose their will upon each other.” Actually, this assertion is quite questionable. A recent decline in war casualties—especially compared to historical and even prehistorical rates—has some scholars wondering whether the era of international war may be ending.(Continue reading in Slate.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen heavy snow forced this 36-year-old Oregon man to spend five days in his car awaiting rescue, he says that he was “saved” by some leftover packets of hot sauce.Jeremy Taylor had been driving through Deschutes County earlier this month when his SUV got stuck in the powder.Hoping that the weather would ease up during the night, Taylor resigned himself to sleeping in his car alongside his dog Ally. The next day, however, the record-breaking snowfall had only made things worse. Taylor and Ally tried to hike through the snow for help, but the snow was so deep, he knew that it would be too risky to try and find help. Taylor and Ally then hunkered down in his car and waited for rescuers to arrive. The two of them spent the next five days in his car, during which he would periodically eat leftover Taco Bell fire sauce for energy and turn on his car for occasional heating during the frigid nighttime temperatures.MORE: Rescuers Pull Car From Frigid Water, Find a Driver Who Survived for 5 Hours Using an Air BubbleAfter days of slurping down hot sauce packets, Taylor was finally found by a snowmobile rider who discovered his car and called the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.“Jeremy and Ally were found to be in good condition, but hungry after being stuck in the snow for five days,” the department wrote in a Facebook post.Upon being brought back to civilization, Taylor made his own social media post to thank his friends and family for their support, saying: “I’m safe, my Ally dog is safe. I really appreciate all the help. Got lucky, lets never do that again. I’ll be in touch with everyone soon.”CHECK OUT: Heroic Momma Hiked 26 Miles Through Heavy Snow to Save Husband, SonIn addition to his tale of survival being shared by news outlets from around the world, a Taco Bell spokesperson reportedly reached out to Taylor in order to offer him a year’s worth of free food.Though we are not yet sure whether Taylor is destined to be the new Taco Bell poster boy, he did jokingly praise the fast food chain’s hot sauce in a Facebook comment, saying: “Taco Bell fire sauce saves lives.”Fire Up Your Friends With The Good News By Sharing It To Social Media – Photo by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon Facebook / Jamie, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Charles Harrington Youman passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Charles worked for Harold Collins Construction for twenty years as a carpenter. Charles was born on July 30, 1961 to the late Willie Joseph and Ethel Mae Youman.He’s also preceded in death by one brother, Willie D (Barbara Jean) Scott, two sisters, Theresa Ann Brown, Dianne (Derrel) Swan, and Brother in law Kevin James Jones.Charles is survived by his companion of 10 years Heather Kay Marshall and her children; sister, Elvira Jones, Four Brothers Nathaniel (Rebecca) of Houston, Texas, Gerald Sr. (Brenda); Carroll “Buzz” and Edward J. Youman of Port Arthur, Texas, one brother in law Wayne Miller and a host of family and friends.A gathering of family and friends to celebrate the home going service will be 10am Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Hannah Funeral Home Chapel visitation beginning at 8:00 a.m. Final deposition Haven of Rest. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.
Eleven Velo’s design and production facility is located in Australia. From here, they source materials such as Merino wool from Victoria (Southern Australia) that is certified non-mulesign, quality zippers from the US and Switzerland, thread from Germany, and Italian Lycra. These items are sourced because the companies that produce them operate ethically and sustainably. These materials are then assembled by hand to produce each product, as it is ordered You won’t find boxes of ready made inventory here. So far Eleven is off to a good start in my book.At this point you might be wondering what a product of this caliber costs? Well, it’s pretty reasonable to be honest. I have always operated upon the principle that you buy a quality product once, rather that a cheap product multiple times. Eleven’s clothing seems to be the item you buy once. That said, it’s in the same price range as a high end jersey or bib shorts. For instance, their premium cycling bibs cost $141.87 USD (thats $165AU), and their Team Jersey runs $106.17 USD ($128AU). The best part is that you can customize the colors to match your bike! And honestly, who doesn’t love being all matchy matchy.Eleven Velo is also capable of producing small production runs for shops. Any shop looking to set themselves apart from the competition with a niche product could easily order some custom, quality clothing to sell. It would also be a great way to get a unique team kit produced.So is the hype real? We shall find out soon enough. Eleven has committed to sending some samples our way for a full review, so stay tuned. The Eleven Velo crew consider themselves a design shop that produces a cycling product, not just a clothing company. Their ideal is to produce a high quality, sustainable, responsibly sourced, well designed product that they love. Fortunately for the rest of us, they have very good taste, and are turning out some pretty impressive looking Merino wool based kit.Why is their product so special that we are posting about it? Well, simply put, it’s customizable. One visit to their website, and you will quickly find they have a myriad of options for all of the items they produce, allowing you to design and order exactly what you want. This isn’t race kit emblazoned with logos and sponsors of teams and companies, but rather, classy apparel designed to perform well.Join us past the break for more on Eleven Velo.
When loading up for a recent two week road trip, I eyed the small army of pumps in the workshop- and reached for Topeak’s full-sized Joe Blow Pro. Even among high-volume, tubeless seating pumps, gleaming silver objects d’art, and admirably compact travel models, the unassuming Topeak was an easy choice. That’s what eighteen months of hassle-free service earns. Come into the back to find out why…Nominally a $100 pump (street prices seem to be closer to $75) and falling into Topeak’s “High Performance” category, one would expect the Joe Blow Pro to be a full-featured pump. And it is. The aluminum barrel is taller than many entry-level pumps and the feet bigger, making it easier for adults to use. The 160psi/11 bar gauge is located at the top of the barrel, making it easy to read, and benefits from a bleed valve that makes getting tubeless tires to the right pressure after seating and easy process. It is protected against the inevitable fall by a rubber trim band, which must work (seeing as the gauge still does). The padded handle is nice and wide for grownup hands and doesn’t flex like lesser pumps’ can.Topeak’s dual mode SmartHead is easy to use: just press it on to either Presta or Schrader valves, flip the lever, and pump. It never seems to leak (even at funny angles) and releases easily. Most importantly, it has yet to be fouled by the tire sealant that desert living demands on all bikes. Ball and air mattress adapters are included (and have a nice little home on the hose)- but were quickly lost. The generously long hose’s high attachment at the gauge makes it easy to reach bikes in the workstand as well.Ooh! Carbon Fiber!The polished mid-sized barrel strikes a good balance between high pressure road needs and mountain tires’ high volumes. The Joe Blow Pro stands less of a chance at seating tubeless tires than mountain-specific pumps, but I have seated plenty of friendly combinations without reaching for the air compressor.At the end of the day, the Joe Blow Pro is the easiest to use and most reliable pump that I’ve owned. It’s not inexpensive and may not have the sex appeal of some of its competitors, but when you change tires and check pressures as much as we do, that’s not what counts. What counts is that the Topeak it works, reliably and without complaint- and that’s the reason that I almost always reach for it first. And why it gets to go on road trips.marcwww.topeak.com
Peter Shaffer’s dark psychological drama Equus is returning to the West End. Director Ned Bennett’s acclaimed English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East production will move into London’s Trafalgar Studios this summer for a limited engagement beginning on July 6. Ethan Kai (Instrument of War) and Zubin Varla (Jesus Christ Superstar) will reprise their leading turns as Alan Strang and Martin Dysart, respectively, for the run set to continue through September 7.Inspired by a true story, Equus sets out to explore the complex relationships between devotion and myth. When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spiritualty, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism.Also set to reprise their performances is Robert Fitch as Frank Strang/Horse, Keith Gilmore as Harry Dalton/Nurse/Horse, Norah Lopez Holden as Jill Mason/Horse and Ira Mandela Siobhan as Young Horseman/Nugget, with further casting to be announced.The creative team includes Georgia Lowe (designer), Jessica Hung Han Yun (lighting designer), Giles Thomas (composer and sound designer) and Shelley Maxwell (choreographer and movement director).The most recent West End revival of Equus, in 2007, was directed by Thea Sharrock and starred Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Strang and Richard Griffiths as Martin Dysart. That production transferred to Broadway. Ethan Kai in “Equus”(Photo: The Other Richard) View Comments
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By Rakesh Kumar Mangal, CTS-D, CTS-I, EAVAI am writing this article to collectively respond to various questions and queries I receive on LinkedIn and various other platforms related to AVIXA CTS Certifications. Before starting any further, you should create a login on the AVIXA website if you have not done so already.How did I come across AVIXA’s CTS certification?The AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification has been available to AV professionals for a long time. This certification was developed by AVIXA (formerly known as InfoComm) and a group of subject matter experts working in the industry. I came to know about the CTS program in 2012, while working as a project manager – AV solution. It was a bit late in my career. I reviewed the CTS candidate handbook and the Job Task Analysis (JTA). Although I was able to understand most of the content, it seemed a little overwhelming at that point in time. So, I tried to find training that would help me better understand the content. I first created an account on the AVIXA website and tried to gain as much information as possible. In 2015, the regional AVIXA staff helped me find required study material and informed me about the availability of in-class training in New Delhi. I enrolled immediately and completed my certification within one month from the class training. Following my CTS exam, I did self-study for the Certified Technology Specialist – Installation (CTS-I) and Certified Technology Specialist – Design (CTS-D), which I completed in 2017 and 2019 respectively.What should my starting point be to earn the AVIXA CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D credentials?There is no one training or book which can claim that CTS certifications are based on them completely. However, the CTS Exam Guide, third edition, is the best starting point to gain theoretical knowledge. Do not be afraid as AVIXA offers learning material and training which help candidates prepare for the exam. I will explain them in the next sections. All CTS certification designations are solely based on a Job Task Analysis (JTA). These are published by AVIXA on their website and updated every five years to meet accreditation requirements, as they reflect current industry trends and requirements of the job function’s associated skills. The JTA can be found on AVIXA’s website in the certification sections. Following are the links for the current JTA (as of April 2020):CTS JTACTS-I JTACTS-D JTANote: Consider 30-60 minutes level of effort to review JTA and make yourselfcomfortable with it. You are not required to remember all of this but shouldfamiliarize yourself with it.In addition to JTA, one should also go through the candidate handbook to knowall pre-requisites, fees, testing patterns etc. associated with each CTSdesignation. Candidate handbooks are also published on the AVIXA website:AVIXA CTS Candidate HandbookAVIXA CTS-I Candidate HandbookAVIXA CTS-D Candidate HandbookAs mentioned above, 30-60 minutes of handbook review will give you knowledge of the application process and pre-requites for CTS designations. CTS certifications can be earned by anyone, AV career beginners as well as those with experience in AV. It does not require any pre-experience. However, CTS-I and CTS-D are advanced levels of certification which require you to have earned the CTS – General in good standing and a minimum of two years of experience in Installation or Design respectively. Candidate handbooks are single source of truth for most of the information related to exam.Now that I am familiar with JTA and the CTS handbook: What training and study material should I access?AVIXA Online Training: AVIXA provides two types of online training for CTS candidates.Self-paced courses: AVIXA offers self-paced online courses for all CTS designations, such as the CTS Prep Online course. You can enroll on AVIXA’s online training portal and take them at your own pace. Apart from formal CTS designated courses, there are additional courses such as online project management and AV math course which are useful when preparing for CTS exams.Online Training: Avixa also conducts online instructor-led training that you can utilize.CTS Exam Guide: The CTS Exam Guide published by McGraw Hill is the official study book to prepare for your CTS. It is available through major booksellers. I bought mine from Amazon.AVIXA Virtual workshops/trainings: Due to the global pandemic, all on-site trainings have been put on hold until further notice. Look out for AVIXA offering virtual classroom training and workshops instead. The virtual training schedule can be found on AVIXA’s events page. Training time depends on the workshop in your region and country, normally vary from three-nine days. Nine Days are specific to advanced levels of certifications. Additionally, you may require 30-60 days of study/preparation time based on your comfort level with concepts covered in the JTA.How did I prepare for my CTS exams?I have taken a different approach with each exam, however there was one common starting point — reviewing the JTA and candidate handbook in the beginning.For the CTS-General, I became an AVIXA member and enrolled in a three-day classroom training. This training helped clear my doubts and ambiguity around various concepts. I also studied the content from the CTS Exam Guide. Midway through my preparation, I booked the exam date as a means of motivation. After I passed the exam, I received a congratulatory email from my local AVIXA rep. the following day.For the CTS-I, I was a bit more confident on my study level, so I started with the CTS-I Exam Guide. Again, I booked my exam date midway through preparation. On the scheduled day, I attempted and failed the exam, which was a shocking moment for me. However, I was able to get a report on what skills I was lacking. So, I immediately got back to work and started preparing again. I applied for a retest application after 30 days, tested and … wow! I became one of the few ones in my region to hold CTS-I credential!For the CTS-D, I started with the JTA and realized its focus on maths, as this is required to make critical design decisions. So I took a few webinars on AV Math, and completed the AVIXA AV math for design online course. In the meantime, I continued with my self-study through the CTS-D Exam Guide and took one of the self-paced online courses. Midway through my study, I booked the exam and passed on my first attempt.See related Rants and rAVes — Episode 1021: Why You Need to Register for Next Week’s AVIXA + DSF D=SIGN EventOne thing I learned from my AVIXA CTS course instructor is that you should not be disheartened by any failure. Failures are the foundation for greater success, not only for exam but for your life. Failures will teach you where you lack, what you could do better. With my CTS-I failure I applied the same logic and was able to pass in my retest. By the way, retests are cheaper than the exam!What motivated me to achieve all three CTS designations?The AVIXA CTS credential is a great way to distinguish yourself from the crowd of AV professionals. Studying for the AVIXA CTS exam helps you learn the tools and techniques to provide an exceptional experience to your customer (internal or external) in real life. Instead of working on assumptions, you start making data-driven decisions that are good for you as an individual and for your organization. Data-driven decisions help you provide better customer experience with available resources and take the right approach to fulfill customer needs.The AVIXA CTS certification is also a great tool for professional growth, as it provides you a stand to gain and test expertise in AV. Expertise in AV will help you progress in career and achieve your career aspirations.I am a CTS Holder. Do I need to advance my designation to CTS-I or CTS-D?Officially you are not required to upgrade your CTS designation. You can focus on continuous learning, as you must earn 30 RUs every three years, so you can renew your certification. However, earning a CTS-D or CTS-I comes with added advantages. With advancement to a specialty certification, you gain advanced knowledge which will serve as a tool to provide better customer experience and for your career progression. Additionally, if you earn a specialty certification your CTS will be renewed automatically, as CTS-I and CTS-D are part of continuous learning.Now that I am a CTS holder: How long is the CTS valid and how do I get them renewed?All CTS designations come with a three-year expiration, as the industry changes rapidly during this time and this three-year expiration motivates you to focus on continuous education and learning. There are a couple of ways to get your CTS renewed:Focus on continuous learning and do courses approved for CTS renewal units. You need 30 RUs in three years for renewal.There are AVIXA Courses – Available on AVIXA’s training portal.CTS RU approved courses by external providers – List is available on the AVIXA website.RUs by volunteer work – be an AVIXA Volunteer and spend time for the betterment of the industry to get additional RU’s.Renewal units are a motivation to focus on continuous learning and education to keep you updated with the industry and changing trends.You mention about volunteer work. I want to contribute to the AV Industry. Where should I start?That’s great, you can look for volunteering options on the AVIXA website. There are various ways to contribute. You can choose the best one based on your interest and available time. If you need any help, you can contact your local AVIXA Rep or me for any assistance.I have more questions, how should I reach you?The best way to connect with me is via LinkedIn. Send a connection request on LinkedIn and drop me a PM. I will get back to you in 48-72 hours (a bit more time based on the complexity of the query and my availability).