Jack White Explains Stance On Guacamole Rider Leak In Open Letter

first_img    dear journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva,    even in the age of the short attention span internet article, it’s still hard to believe you are STILL writing about this:    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/02/15/386409331/for-musician-jack-white-any-old-guacamole-just-wont-do    wow. classy.    seems like there’s a new rule number one for up and coming journalists: don’t let the facts get in the way of click bait. at the risk of incurring even more of this hoo haa (and i’ve definitely turned my cheek more than once lately) and even though our management sent out a letter to clarify this, and since this seems to be all anyone can ask me about lately, here’s the real deal, and hopefully it’ll explain this nonsensical scenario and we can move on with our lives. (or what have you).    first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually don’t ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that ain’t much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this “guacamole recipe” is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it’s his recipe, not mine. it’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn’t know because i’ve never had it. i can’t even make kool aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a “recipe.” sorry, i don’t have that talent.    bananas: did it occur to anyone someone on the tour might have an allergy to them? no? hmmm. one day some fantasy journalist out there will call someone in the biz and actually have a rider explained to them, maybe none of them have ever been on tour. oh well, let’s move on, first amendment issues: i fully believe in the freedom of the press (though the supposed search for truth from the press requires microscopes and a some morton salt), and i also defend anyone’s right to free speech (just look at my lack of respect for grammar in this letter and tell me i’m not for communicating freely) and i defend the right to free information in regards to public funds, but never in my 20 years of playing shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that i recall.    do you know why we don’t do that or want that? a hundred articles about bananas, free speech, and guacamole is why; it’s because people don’t understand what a rider is or what the terms of a contract are. they’re out of their element, and you can’t blame them for it. and people who write about that know this. people WANT a rider to be a list of demands that a diva insists occur lest he or she refuse to play a note of music.    but in reality, it’s just some food and drinks backstage for the hundred workers and guests who have to live in a concrete bunker for 15 hours. some people bring their own living rooms on tour, some people ask for a huge spread. who cares? what you’re looking for is someone throwing a tantrum because they didn’t get their brown m and m’s, sorry to disappoint.    someone printed that i’m never going to oklahoma again? not true. i love oklahoma, that’s why i booked this show instead of playing chicago or atlanta for four times as much money. ask around in tulsa. i’ve been there at least three times on these last two albums. i love it there. our booking agent warned the college that other artists might not book shows there? of course they did, it’s bad business what that school paper did and really rude. of course they are going to tell them to wise up.    am i pissed at the students at oklahoma university? absolutely not. am i disappointed in young journalists at their school paper? absolutely. but i forgive them, they’re young and have learned their lesson about truth and ethics hopefully. all they have to do is google this to know that it’s not worth it. look for real problems instead next time. look for the truth, not fake drama. i got pissed during my show and berated the crowd? no. sorry, didn’t happen. i made jokes about the paper publishing that info, so which of us is thin skinned? they have freedom of speech but i don’t? at my show? ok. i guess the rules change for different people. the crowd were amazing and we played for 2 and a half hours that night. people were told to delete photos on their camera? i dont know much about that but it must be a miscommunication about what was public property at the college and the contract we had with the university to let us do our work in peace; but i’ll give you an example, if someone working at a theater we played at started taking pictures of all of our workers and our gear they’d probably get fired by their theater or promoter. sorry to the student paper budding press papparazzi on that one, but is this a tmz assignment or can you give us some peace while we try to put on a show for the students? give us a break man.    i know it’s a fun thing for people to try to turn me into a jerk and a diva, but in this case it’s pretty ridiculous and has almost nothing to do with me. my relationship with the fans at that show and how we got to a new place together through music remains intact and i’d love to do it again with them.    i think that’s everything, can i go back to making music now? no? ok. crochet it is.    jack white The continually unfolding “Guacamolegate” story has what appears to be a final chapter: a lengthy letter written by Jack White himself. For those unaware, the Oklahoma University student paper, The OU Daily, published White’s contract rider, which included a guacamole recipe and an allergy-motivated ban on bananas.Shortly thereafter, White’s booking agency, William Morris Endeavor, responded to this breach of privacy by banning their artists from performing at the school. White’s management followed up by saying that the decision to ban OU was out of their hands. You can read our developments on the story here.In his full letter, White explains the rider’s conditions, explains the concept of riders in general, chews out journalists for reporting on this issue (I’m sorry Jack!), and expresses his opinions on the rider leaking in general. He ends it by asking if he can go back to making music… which, given his latest single, I think is a request we can certainly get behind. Read the full letter below:last_img read more

24 Hurt In Iowa School Bus Crash

first_imgMONONA, Iowa – Officials say 23 students and a bus driver from the MFL MarMac School District were taken to area hospitals after a school bus accident near Monona in northeast Iowa.The accident happened on U.S. Highway 18 about 8 a.m. Wednesday.Superintendent Dale Crozier says there were 23 students, ranging from elementary school to high school, on the bus.  All the students and the bus driver were taken to three hospitals to be checked over. Crozier says all but one student was released, and that student was kept for observation.Crozier says there was patchy fog in the area at the time of the accident, which is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.The school district is comprised of Monona, Farmersburg, Luana (loo-AY’-nuh), Marquette and McGregor.___Information from: KWWL-TV, http://www.kwwl.com[script src=”http://www.kwwl.com/global/video/videoplayer.js?rnd=198813;hostDomain=www.kwwl.com;playerWidth=300;playerHeight=270;isShowIcon=true;clipId=5575461;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=undefined;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;v=2;controlsType=overlay”]last_img read more

Comcast Offers Hi-Speed Internet to Low Income Families for $10/mo Keeping Promise to Regulators

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreComcast is rolling out a new initiative in 39 states to help bring broadband internet to low income families at deeply discounted rates. The cable and Internet provider is making good on its deal with regulators who required the company to help connect low income households in exchange for approval of the company’s NBC Universal acquisition.Comcast is offering the discounted service for $9.95 per month (with no price increases) to families that have at least one child receiving free school lunches, in locations where Comcast already offers Internet service. Comcast will also offer a $147 voucher toward computer equipment, together with digital literacy training for families.(READ the story in NPR News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s student mentors local robotics team

first_imgSaint Mary’s first year Michelle Lester uses her robotics skills to help young people in the South Bend community.Lester mentors two youth robotics teams in the area: a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) league team, and a team at the South Bend Career Academy, which is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) league. She said the FTC league team is composed of four middle- and high-school-aged students, while the FRC league team comprises students from the 9th to 12th grades.Lester said she initially became interested in robotics in high school. At first, she only went to a robotics meeting to support a friend who was involved, but then fell in love with the activity herself. She said she learned a lot about robotics in high school, including how to build robots, program them and even create business plans.The Michigan native wasted no time getting involved with robotics when she came to Saint Mary’s. She started the FTC league team, which attracts students from different schools in the area. Lester said her FTC league team designs and builds 60-pound robots at the Granger Exploration and Robotics Studio (GEARS). Lester’s FRC-league team, on the other hand, builds 80-pound robots that are more expensive than their FTC counterparts, she said.“They’re basically the same, but FTC is more for kids that cannot afford FRC,” Lester said. “I actually think kids get more out of FTC, because they have to keep an engineering notebook. It’s basically everything they do, documented, with explanations as to why and how they did. It’s a great way for them to learn more.”Lester said the FTC team has won two out of their three competitions so far.Mentoring robotics teams, Lester said, is a lot of work. She said she is with her teams for four hours a day on weekdays and up to 12 hours a day on weekends.Lester said one of her students stands out for being particularly hard-working.“She’s the youngest kid we have on our team, but she’s also the most impressive,” Lester said of the student. “She’s always doing what we ask of her, but better than we could ever expect. She’s an incredible little girl.”Lester said she joined MichianaFIRST — a coalition of robotics teams in the Michiana area — to support and learn from each other. She said she attended a dinner in May for current Michiana mentors to network and get involved. During this dinner, she met David Ebersol, head coach of the South Bend Career Academy FRC team.“He was really impressed and touched by my experience with [robotics] teams, so he asked me to come help his team with scouting and marketing, and the rest is history,” Lester said. Tags: FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, Granger Exploration and Robotics Studio, MichianaFIRST, Roboticslast_img read more


first_imgNaval Support Activity Orlando’s mission is to provide consistent, effective and efficient shore installation support services to all tenant DoD agencies enabling their mission accomplishment in a joint services environment. NSA Orlando provides the following capabilities:Physical Security for all DoD componentsFull Range of Public Works Support including construction, maintenance and BOS Services to all Central Florida activitiesDisaster Preparedness & Hurricane Support to DoD components:NAVY: NAWCTSD, HPC, NEX MARINE CORPS: PMTRAYSYS USA: PEO-STRI USAF: AFAMS DHS USCG: Liaison Office. FLETC JOINT: Joint ADL Co-Lab, JDIF 3 Naval Operational Support Centers: Orlando, Tampa, and St. Petersburglast_img read more

UVM med school dean Rick Morin to step down

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Frederick Morin, MD, announced today that next year, he will step down as dean of The Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine at The University of Vermont once a successor has been named. Morin became the College’s 17th dean 10 years ago, on August 25, 2007. “Rick Morin’s accomplishments at UVM are truly extraordinary,” said UVM President Tom Sullivan. “His creativity, persistence, and strong leadership have created a legacy for the Larner College of Medicine that will last for generations. I will be forever grateful for his remarkable leadership of the College and his many contributions across the University.”Among Morin’s many achievements over the past decade are his work in philanthropy, which resulted in an unprecedented commitment of $100 million in lifetime giving from late alumnus Robert Larner, M.D.’42 and his wife Helen, and related naming of the College in Dr. Larner’s honor. Morin’s service on the board of trustees of the UVM Medical Center, the board of the UVM Health Network, and the board of the UVM Health Network – Medical Group (the faculty practice plan) has strengthened ties with the College’s primary clinical teaching partner and facilitated expanded educational opportunities for our students across the region.“I want to thank Dean Morin for his leadership in our shared goal of educating health care professionals to the highest standards in patient care, education and research,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center.  “He has been an important and steadfast source of support throughout a period of enormous change in health care, and we will miss having the benefit of his guidance.”Morin also played a critical role in helping the College develop new clinical training sites to ensure medical students have exposure to greater diversity of patients, and most recently the College has been recognized nationally for its active learning initiatives. In addition, Morin oversaw growth in the College’s research enterprise from $65.9 million to $90 million between 2007 and 2016, and facilitated the revitalization of several College buildings, laboratories and medical education spaces, including the Larner Learning Commons, which opened in 2017.Nationally, Morin has played an active role in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Deans and has been an invited speaker to present on medical education and the training of primary care physicians, including a presentation to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Council on Graduate Medical Education.The group received a $90,000 grant from NEH. As part of its Challenge Grant program, the agency requires the partners to raise a matching amount. “I am proud of what this College has accomplished in the last ten years, across all of our missions,” said Morin. “It has been an honor to serve as Dean, and the capstone of my career.”A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale University School of Medicine, Morin began his career as a pediatrics resident at Stanford University and completed a research fellowship in neonatology at University of California San Francisco. Prior to joining UVM, he served on the faculty of the University of Rochester (N.Y.) and subsequently the University at Buffalo, where he rose to full professor and vice chairman of research. He was named chair of pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and also served as interim vice president for health affairs at University at Buffalo and interim dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.Information regarding the establishment of a committee for a national search for Morin’s successor is expected in the near future. Source: UVM 8.30.2017VBM vermontbiz.comlast_img read more

Get up, stand up: XTERRA Wetsuits & XTERRA Boards sponsor Wildflower…

first_img Related XTERRA Wetsuits & XTERRA Boards, respectively, one of the world’s most worn wetsuits in triathlon and a leader in the inflatable stand-up paddle board category, will be exclusive sponsors of the 2015 Wildflower Triathlons for both wetsuits and stand-up paddle boards.This latest sponsorship deal follows hot on the heels of Diamondback becoming the official bike sponsor of Wildflower, which takes place on 1 May at Lake San Antonia, California.Offering fast and flexible wetsuits, with a high level of visibility and share in the key US market, XTERRA Wetsuits are engineered for maximum buoyancy, flexibility and speed while supporting the swimmer’s body in the correct horizontal swimming position. XTERRA Wetsuits will be at Wildflower providing swim support for athletes, training tips and a free swim clinic prior to the event.XTERRA Boards are designed with convenience, durability and functionality in mind. XTERRA Boards are positioned as a great alternative for cross training during the off-season, enabling a focus on core and endurance training. XTERRA Boards will be at the Wildflower expo, but also in the water on race day mornings providing lead out support, as well as safety support for all triathletes racing.“We were excited to partner with a company that believes great customer service is not just a goal, it’s a passion,” said Colleen Bousman, President of Tri-California Events. “At Wildflower, the race experience is a priority to us, so having partners with the same vision and dedication to innovation and focus on the athlete is very important to us.”First held in 1983, the Wildflower Triathlons are swim-bike-run races that take place on the first weekend in May at Lake San Antonio on California’s Central Coast. Known by many as ‘The Woodstock of Triathlon’, Wildflower offers participants a half-Ironman distance course, an Olympic-distance course, and a short or sprint mountain-bike course, which are all known for their grueling hills.Wildflower is one of the largest triathlon events in the world and can bring in up to 7,500 athletes and 30,000 spectators each year.“At XTERRA, we want to be involved within our community whenever and wherever possible. I am excited to be working with an event that has such energized spectators and volunteers,” says Brandon Hearn, President of XTERRA Wetsuits & XTERRA Boards.“I started XTERRA Wetsuits and Boards to be able to work with great events and people that represent the pure spirit of triathlons, which is something that Wildflower perfectly encapsulates,” added Keith Simmons, founder of XTERRA Wetsuits and Boards.XTERRA Wetsuits strives to make athletes swim faster with comfort. XTERRA Wetsuits offers aim to offer ‘the highest performing wetsuit at the best value in the triathlon community.’ Active since 2001, XTERRA Wetsuits ‘produces the fastest and most buoyant suits in the industry, tested and approved by professional athletes.’Born in San Diego – the birthplace of triathlon, XTERRA Wetsuits are designed with four key components in mind – comfort, speed, buoyancy and value. XTERRA Wetsuits sells directly to the customer and eliminates the middleman. According to the company, this means lower prices for high performance triathlon wetsuits.XTERRA Boards uses the highest quality materials. XTERRA boards are easy to transport and simple to inflate in under 5 minutes. Each inflatable board comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. The boards are lightweight and ‘provide the same amount if not more structure and balance on the water then any other stand up paddle board.’ When fully deflated they fit into a large carry-on backpack, which is easy to carry and convenient for travel on boats, RVs or airplanes.Tri-California Events is an event management company producing triathlon, swimming and running races throughout California including the Wildflower Triathlons, Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim, The Triathlon at Pacific Grove, and Scott Tinley’s Triathlon.In addition, Tri-California serves as the race production company for the Nike Women’s Marathon and The San Francisco Giant Race. At Tri-California, the company’s goal is to motivate individuals of all ages and fitness levels to lead a healthier lifestyle by ‘exercising with purpose’ and participating in an endurance race.www.xterrawetsuits.comwww.xterraboards.comwww.tricalifornia.comlast_img read more

Rudy Project joins forces with TOUGHMAN Half Triathlon Series

Related Italian accessories specialist Rudy Project has joined forces with the TOUGHMAN Half Triathlon Series as the official helmet and sunglasses sponsor.The 10 race event series travels across the United States, giving athletes of all ability levels the chance to conquer a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.“We are excited to partner with Rudy Project as our official eyewear and helmet provider. Offering TOUGHMAN athletes an opportunity to train and race with proven, quality, innovative technology is a win-win,” said Stefanie Wertovitch, Brand Manager of the TOUGHMAN Triathlon Series. “Both TOUGHMAN and Rudy Project are aligned to provide an unparalleled athlete experience throughout North America.”“Triathlon is in our DNA and we’ll work in every way possible to help grow the sport,” said Paul Craig, President and Co-Founder of Rudy Project North America. “By partnering with TOUGHMAN, Rudy Project will continue our commitment to advancing the science, diversity and spread of multisport activities, while ensuring these athletes have access to the best possible equipment to keep them focused, fast, cool and cool-looking.” This year TOUGHMAN will visit Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tupper Lake, Washington State, Minnesota, Alabama, Utah, New Mexico and New York. The 2015 event series begins in March, and concludes with the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Championship Race in September at Croton Point Park. This race is also home to the 2015 USAT Aquabike Championships.The TOUGHMAN Half Iron Triathlon Series is USA Triathlon sanctioned and racers must be at least 17 years of age. Kids and teens are encouraged to participate in the TOUGHTEEN and TOUGHKids triathlon events.Rudy Project designs and manufactures performance-oriented helmets, sunglasses, goggles and Rx/prescription eyewear solutions by applying ‘advanced science, cutting-edge technology and innovative aesthetics’.Designed and crafted in Italy since 1985, Rudy Project has grown quickly as a premier brand throughout North America. Rudy helmets were recognized as the number one most worn aero / time-trial brand at the IRONMAN World Championships Presented by GoPro in Kona, Hawaii for the last four consecutive years, and have been designated the Official Helmet of IRONMAN for North America. Rudy Project aims to offer ‘unparalleled customer service backed by a Lifetime Replacement Lens Guarantee and an industry-leading three-year frame warranty’.www.toughmantri.comwww.rudyproject.com read more

Black Box at 2020 NAB Show New York

first_imgAt the 2020 NAB Show New York, Black Box will highlight a robust array of KVM switching, extension, control and visualization solutions that interoperate smoothly to enable greater workflow optimization and management, provide support for more advanced formats, and ensure exceptional security for on-premises and remote work scenarios. The company’s NAB profile is available here. Black Box is pleased to provide guests free access to the show using promo code NY0172.Remote App for Black Box Emerald Unified KVM Platform The Remote App for the Emerald® Unified KVM platform is a first-of-its-kind software-based solution that gives authorised users simultaneous remote access to one or more sources — PCs, servers or virtual machines — across an Emerald KVM network. This enables cost savings as well as greater flexibility, ease of access and efficiency. Supporting multiple, simultaneous connections and industry-leading performance for full-HD video up to 45 fps, the Emerald Remote App is ideal for tasks such as remote process and applications monitoring. With authentication against the award-winning Boxilla® KVM network manager from Black Box, the Remote App offers users a convenient list of connections and provides access quickly and easily, just like a standard hardware-based system. However, because the Remote App is not tethered to a fixed location, users can access the Emerald KVM network from anywhere using their own computers or laptops.Black Box Emerald Unified KVM PlatformBlack Box will highlight its Emerald® Unified KVM platform, which provides broadcasters and others with the exceptional flexibility and network security essential to state-of-the-art KVM extension and switching. The low-latency, high-performance Emerald HD and 4K transmitter-receiver pairs connect workstations with remote computers and servers over distances up to 10 kilometres over single-mode fibre, or even farther over IP, while the Emerald Remote App facilitates convenient anywhere-anytime access without the need for additional hardware receivers. With uniquely robust capabilities for reliable extension and switching of video, audio, USB and serial signals across any number of physical and virtual servers, Emerald lowers users’ cost of ownership, enables greater workflow optimization and helps preserve existing IT investments.Emerald PE High-Performance, IP-Based KVM ExtendersThe new Emerald® PE line of high-performance, IP-based KVM extenders is tailored to the demands of applications including HD video and audio editing, live production and broadcast playout, as well as 3D and graphic design. Emerald PE transmitters and receivers enable extension and matrix switching of pixel-perfect HD DVI video (up to 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz) and transparent USB 2.0 and bidirectional analogue audio — over a dedicated or existing IP network, or even the internet — between any number of users and computers, servers or virtual machines. The IP-based KVM solution features built-in system redundancy with dual network ports and can be deployed as a point-to-point KVM extender, connecting the user to a remote computer or, when scaled up, serving as a managed KVM matrix switching system.Black Box Quote:“2020 NAB Show New York offers a great platform to get a firsthand look at our wide range of powerful, flexible solutions for broadcast, including our highlighted Remote App for our Emerald KVM unified system. As interest in IP workflows, virtualization and remote work continues to grow, our customers count on Black Box for essential functionality, security and reliability.”— John Hickey, Senior Director of R&D and KVM Systems at Black Boxlast_img read more

Teens Who Say No to Social Media

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:When 14-year-old Brian O’Neill of Washington, D.C., wanted to find out what his friends had been up to over summer vacation, he did something radical: He asked them. Unlike most kids his age, Brian isn’t on social media. He doesn’t scroll through his friends’ Instagram shots or post his own, nor does he use Facebook or Snapchat. “I don’t need social media to stay in touch,” he says.…In a study published this spring in the journal Psychological Science, researchers created an Instagram-like program and then used fMRI scans to measure teens’ reactions to the photos that received more or fewer likes. What they discovered was a process of “quantifiable social endorsement,” with teens using what received likes on social media “to learn how to navigate their social world.” But such cues can be adaptive or maladaptive. The researchers found that adolescents “were more likely to like a photo—even one portraying risky behaviors, such as smoking marijuana or drinking alcohol—if that photo had received more likes from peers.”Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img read more