Bucky on stage

first_imgR. Buckminster Fuller, the self-taught architect, inventor, and futurist who coined the term “Spaceship Earth,” entered Harvard College in the fall of 1913. But by 1915, he had been thrown out twice — he preferred the term “fired” — and never returned for a degree.His first transgression involved using all of his tuition and board money to throw a party for dancing girls in New York City. The second, he recalled decades later, was because of “lack of sustained interest.”Still, Fuller returned to Harvard in 1961 to accept the yearlong Charles Eliot Norton Professorship of Poetry. And he is returning once more, this time as the character in a one-man play at the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) Loeb Drama Center.“R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe,” a two-act monologue performed by A.R.T. veteran Thomas Derrah, opens Friday (Jan. 14) and runs through Feb. 5. Director D.W. Jacobs, who began the script after the centennial of Fuller’s birth in 1995, saw him lecture in 1968. “Come whenever you can,” he recalled his brother telling him. “He talks all day.”Fuller, famously effusive as a speaker, rarely interacted with his audiences. They were hard to see (the nearsighted inventor started wearing glasses at age 4) and hard to hear (Fuller’s hearing was damaged during naval service in World War I). A monologue play was a natural fit, but Jacobs had to pare Fuller’s complicated ideas into about 100 concise stories.Music and video blooms behind Derrah as the play unfolds, said Jacobs, with sights and sounds streaming “like a wake behind Bucky’s ship.”And what a ship of ideas it was. Fuller’s admirers over the years called the polymath inventor “Leonardo-like,” a “cosmic surfer,” and a “poet of technology.” He popularized the geodesic dome, invented a streamlined three-wheeled, “Dymaxion” car in the 1930s, and throughout his life was a student of structures that gave materials their invisible tensile strength.In kindergarten, Fuller constructed a tetrahedronal octet truss out of dried peas and toothpicks, a precocious episode related in the play. In 1961, he patented the same robust symmetrical structure, dubbing it the Octetruss.At Harvard, Fuller declined to concentrate in math, dismissing it as “too easy.” He turned instead to literature and political science, subjects that ended up suiting him less, and that only accelerated his boredom with conventional studies.Fuller was restless with conventional thinking even as a boy at Milton Academy. When studying Euclidian geometry, he rejected what one biographer called the “fictitious objects” that notation required. But Fuller decided to conform — until he got to Harvard.It was there that the practical summers of his boyhood clashed most with the idea of conventional studies.“He saw that people gave up their initiative as soon as they entered school,” said Jacobs of Fuller. “They are natural-born problem-solvers, up to the point we send them to school. They can ask big questions, and suddenly that all gets delegated to the teacher.”Though he liked some of his Harvard professors, Fuller was the prototype of a restless, seeking, unconventional mind. That later made him wildly popular with counterculture audiences in the 1960s, including the young Jacobs, who said his own professors rarely embraced Fuller’s trademark attraction to the interdisciplinary. “In college,” said Jacobs, “people wake up from 12 years of [conventional] education, and begin to wonder: ‘Am I really studying what I want?’ ”Leaving Harvard, Fuller resumed what he called “his real lessons.” He worked as a textile mill mechanic in Canada, hefted quarters of beef (and learned management) with meatpacker Armour and Co., and served as a line officer in the Navy — the ultimate classroom for a generalist interested in applied technology.But Harvard gave Fuller a gift beyond academics, his biographers say: a lifelong preoccupation with human welfare, and the social, technical, and economic problems that vex the modern age.Fuller believed that technology was part of the answer, and that Spaceship Earth could handle its human burden if the right solutions were in place.During the turbulent 1960s, said Jacobs in a snippet of A.R.T. video about the play, “Bucky was kind of the calm at the eye of the hurricane,” a grandfatherly figure who acknowledged that the world had big problems, but none that couldn’t be solved.“He was a great teacher, really, to the world,” said his daughter, Allegra Fuller Snyder, in the same video. The former UCLA dance and dance ethnology professor will be in Cambridge Jan. 16 for one of 12 public talks related to the play.Others scheduled in the post-performance talk series Jan. 15 to Feb. 5 are: Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, who was once Fuller’s chief engineer (Jan. 20); Donald Ingber, director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, who discovered that living cells are structured according to the principles of Fuller’s “tensegrity architecture” (Jan. 25); the play’s production dramaturg Annie DiMario (Jan. 26 and 30); Antoine Picon, G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, who has written about Fuller (Jan. 29); and Derrah, who channels Fuller in the play (Feb. 5).For more on the discussions, visit “Bucky and Me.”last_img read more

Ozil being investigated over claims he drove into photographer

first_imgArsenal star Mesut Ozil is reportedly being investigated following allegations that he drove his car into a photographer.The former Real Madrid player is alleged to have hit the man, who was attempting to take photographs, on the arm while driving in a posh north London suburb.According to the Daily Star, the professional photographer said that the 43 million-pound midfielder then drove off without stopping, and the report mentioned that police has spoken with Ozil, who moved to the Emirates in a club-record deal last summer.The report mentioned that the incident capped a miserable week for Ozil, who had come in for fierce criticism for missing a first-half penalty in Arsenal’s Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.Ozil was subsequently left out of the Arsenal side which beat Sunderland 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday, the report added.last_img

Former CONCACAF boss to be sentenced next June

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC): Disgraced former CONCACAF president, Jeff Webb, is set to be sentenced in June next year, after recently pleading guilty to corruption charges in the United States. World Football Insider has reported that Caymanian Webb, who headed the continental governing body for football in North, Central American and the Caribbean, will be sentenced on June 3. Webb recently pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy, charges levelled by United States prosecutors. According to the US Depart-ment of Justice, Webb agreed to forfeit US$6.7 million as part of his plea. A former FIFA vice-president and Executive Committee member, Webb was one of several football officials who was arrested in a pre-dawn raid by Swiss police and subsequently indicted as part of an elaborate racketeering and corruption schemed alleged by the US Department of Justice. He was extradited to the US to face the charges where he pleaded not guilty and was placed on US$10 million bond. The former Cayman Islands Football Association president is currently under house arrest at his home in Atlanta.last_img read more

Politicians should not manage Natural Resource Fund – Jagdeo

first_img…says NY Times reporter handled Govt with kid gloves…but knocked GuyanaThe negative picture painted by a recent New York Times article which zeroed in on the oil and gas sector was condemned by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who said he agreed with the criticisms with regard to that specific issue for which the coalition Government spoke about in a press statement.But aside from that, Jagdeo said that the article did capture a few noticeable points on the failures of Government in the oil sector, but not enough. The OppositionOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoLeader cited part of the article which speaks to the lack of sufficient regulatory controls to avert corruption and the legislation being in limbo.“The legislation is in limbo. It was promised three years ago and until now, we don’t have it. It is an accurate portrayal of what is happening with the legislation. And what I have problems with in this article is that it was so benign to the Government. They should be praising this gentleman,” he asserted.Jagdeo said that the article failed to mention several of the other failures of the Government in this sector, particularly as it relates to the controversial re-negotiation of the oil contract, among others.“He did not deal with the fact that they hid the agreement for a year and a half, refused to release it on the basis that it had national security implications and then a false assertion that the (People’s Progressive Party) PPP prevented it from happening,” he explained.Another missed point was the Government’s attempt to hide the US$18 million signing bonus; the unclear management framework for the oil and gas sector, including a Sovereign Wealth Fund, Local Content Policy and the Petroleum Commission, was also not included in the article.“The article did not show the turmoil in the sector and the lack of direction by this Government. We are at a point in time where if we do not make the right decisions; oil will not benefit our people,” he said.But he slammed the article for the negative picture it painted of Guyana. “I believe that many journalists from the developed world come here to make us look like backwater countries, like we are on the precipice of civil war…when we have greater stability than the countries some of them they come from.”Jagdeo said Guyana and Guyanese were unfairly portrayed in the article to people abroad.Resource FundMeanwhile, in referring to some of the announcements made in a press statement issued by Government through the Finance Ministry on Sunday, Jagdeo said that he still did not agree with the model being proposed for the Natural Resource Fund, which could cater for a representative from the Opposition.“We don’t want politicians…we, ourselves, to manage this money. This fund has to be independently, technically managed … not by politicians again and stored at the central bank. We have a problem with that model. It departs radically from best practices, like Norway and the other countries,” he added.Government has said that legislation in relation to the Fund could be laid in Parliament before the end of the year as indicated in Budget 2018. It said that the proposed legislation addresses two main issues: stability of the economy and saving for future generations. Advice on this fund is being sought from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat.Further, Jagdeo also criticised the Government for peddling a political assessment of the oil and gas sector. “The real substantive matters are still not being addressed,” he said, while noting that Finance Minister Winston Jordan has been engaged in a lot of fluff talks with members of the public on this matter.Referring to Jordan’s recent comments, the Opposition Leader noted that while the Minister promised billboards to announce the inflow of oil monies, he recalled that it was he who denied that ExxonMobil paid a US$18 million signing bonus to Guyana for over a year and a half.“The truth was finally exposed after a document was leaked to the media…People will see through this game of the APNU+AFC. They talk about oil and gas, but it is not realistic what they are saying…they are painting a rosy picture: that oil will solve everything. This is not so,” he added.Jagdeo also rubbished Jordan’s statement which sought to create the impression that hotels and flights were filled and this was a direct indication that things would improve in the economy. “What about the economy that is falling apart?” he queried, while noting that 30,000 persons have lost jobs since the coalition took office.last_img read more

Raiders report card: Grading the 24-21 comeback upset of Steelers

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The Raiders picked up their third win of the season Sunday in dramatic fashion, as Derek Carr hit Derek Carrier for a game-winning 6-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal with 21 seconds remaining. Carrier’s first score of the season gave the Raiders a 23-21 lead and an eventual stunning upset of the AFC North-leading Steelers, who missed a chance to send the game to overtime as time expired when Chris …last_img

Athletics limp home after Davis injury, another tough loss

first_imgIt may be hard to tell, as the Athletics head home with a record of 15-21, the first time they’re more than five games under .500 … PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A nine-game road trip for the Athletics ended with a thud.Two of them, actually.There was the three-run home run from Pirates center fielder Starling Marte that sealed a 5-3 A’s loss in 13 innings Sunday at PNC Park, but Khris Davis also crashed into the left-field fence, leaving the game with a left hip contusion.Which hurt worse?last_img

Can We Fix The Problem Of Unreasonable Tech Searches At The Border?

first_imgIt happened on the border.In May 2010, Pascal Abidor, an Islamic studies doctoral candidate at McGill University, was traveling from Montreal to New York City when he was stopped in the tiny border town of Champlain, New York, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. Abidor, who is of dual American and French citizenship, and is not a Muslim, triggered agents’ worst fears. When they turned on Abidor’s computer, they found pictures of Hamas rallies; thumbing through his passport, agents saw stamps from past trips to Jordan and Lebanon.The pictures were part of Abidor’s doctoral dissertation, the travel part of his research. But that didn’t matter to the agents. Abidor says he was handcuffed, taken off the train, and detained in a cell while agents interrogated him about his belongings and his interest in Islam. Hours later he was freed. But his laptop remained in custody for 11 days. When it was returned, Abidor later reported, there was evidence that his personal research files, and even photos and chats with his girlfriend, had all been opened. In September of 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on his behalf. Now Abidor is suing the U.S. government on grounds of civil rights violations in a case that has become the face of defending the right to digital privacy and due process at America’s borders. “The government asserts that when it comes to electronic devices, people who cross the border have no rights,” Abidor’s lawyer Catherine Crump said in a 2010 interview. Now more than two years later, the Federal District Court opinion could have a lasting impact on the how and why border agents search electronic devices – especially when there is no suspicion of illegal activity. What’s At Stake In the wake of 9/11, the government has touted national security as a means to wield extremely broad border search power (here is the Department of Homeland Security’s official search policy). Although the Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure, U.S. courts have been clear that its protections simply don’t apply at the border. In the name of national security and fighting terrorism and crime, border agents operate pretty much carte blanche.Apart from the hassles and humiliations, here’s the problem: American citizens are losing their civil liberties in the name of national security. Travelers keep detailed personal and business data on their devices (which would otherwise require a warrant to search), and letting agents paw through potentially confidential and sensitive info is a real concern to legitimate travelers and the companies for which they work. A prime example is another case the ACLU is arguing, House v. Napolitano, wherein computer programer David House’s laptop, camera and USB drive were confiscated for 49 days because of his association with the Bradley Manning Support Network (Manning allegedly leaked thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks).The feds tried to have the case thrown out, but a judge in the Massachussetts Federal District Court said that the government’s border search power did not supersede House’s First Amendment rights, a ruling that could set the stage for courts limiting how the government administers border searches.Playing The NumbersFrom October 2011 to the end of August, 2012, nearly 12 million travelers endured secondary security screenings after entering the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security. The ACLU contends that between October 2008 and June 2010, more than 6,600 people had their electronic devices searched as they crossed U.S. borders.The United States Customs and Border Protection says 36,000 people are pulled aside for secondary searches every day; of that number about a dozen are screened for their technology. That adds up to some 5,000 electronic device screenings a year, with nosy agents pilfering through travelers’ personal information. And while border crossing violations typically elicit thoughts of criminals and drug trafficking, that’s not usually at issue in electronic searches. “Why do you lose all your rights if you step in an airport (or over a border),” asks Matthew Tollin, a Harvard-trained attorney and founder of wireLawyer. “The current setup doesn’t make any sense.” There needs to be a reasonable suspicion to check someone’s laptop or smartphone, says Tollin, a designation he characterizes as “much lower than probable cause,” but a lot different “than not needing any basis at all.”Fixing The ProblemUpcoming court decisions in the Abidor and House cases are the most likely way to limit digital searces by border agents. But privacy advocates are looking at other avenues as well.One approach is to raise awareness of the issue, says Tollin. This means setting up websites, lodging complaints with groups like the ACLU, creating grassroots campaigns and hounding representatives and lawmakers. If Congress gets enough pressure from constituents, it’s possible that it could draft bills to change U.S. policy. But it’s hard to imagine passage of any laws that could be construed as soft on national security and terrorism.Another longshot possibility would be an executive order from the President. Obama could create an executive order to set clearer precedents for search and seizure at the border. “It’s a simple matter of tweaking the standard,” Tollin said, noting that the Obama is committed to peeling back some of the civil liberty abuses of prior administrations. But unless it becomes a priority, Presidential action remains unlikely.“It’s a tough change,” Tollin admits. “Everybody understands screening laptops for C-4 explosives. Everybody understands it’s a safety matter getting on a plane. The question here is when you turn the computer on and start reading somebody’s personal files, snooping around for stuff you don’t have the right to do, it’s a huge invasion of privacy. There’s plenty of things they can have that are not criminal, that are not terrorist, that they just don’t want the government to know.”That’s one reason many travelers now choose to store sensitive files not on their devices, but on cloud-based systems. That way, the data is as needed but not available for review by border agents or anyone else who has access to your device. Even if a device is confiscated, travelers can still access their secure data.Photo courtesy Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… adam popescu Related Posts Tags:#privacy#security center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

On Breaking and Establishing New Patterns

first_imgHere’s a pattern:You compete for your prospect’s business. You make it to the presentation stage. They say they like you a lot, but you cost more than your competitors. You lose the business.Here’s another pattern:You call your dream client to check in each quarter. They tell you nothing’s changed. You ask them if it’s okay to call them and check in again in another quarter. They happily agree.Here’s one more pattern:Your boss is a jerk. He doesn’t understand that it’s not your fault that you aren’t producing results. He tries to get you to change what you’re doing. You quit and get a new boss. The new boss is a jerk.The One Thing You Can ChangeThe common denominator in each of these patterns is you. If you continue to do the same thing over and over again, you will produce the same result over and over again. The only thing that you have any real ability to change is you. And how lucky we are that this is true.You can break unhealthy patterns at any time you choose. You can stop doing what you are doing when it isn’t working and do something different instead.Establishing Virtuous PatternsHere’s a different pattern:You win your dream client. You solve their problems and they’re happy with you. Instead of becoming complacent, you bring your dream client a new, unsolicited, value creating idea. Your dream client is even happier. You repeat this every quarter.Here’s one more pattern:You call your dream client and they refuse to give you their time. You nurture them by providing them an actionable, valuable idea or insight. They still refuse to give you the time of day. Nurture. Nurture. Nurture. Nurture. Your dream client is dissatisfied. They agree to meet with you.We fall into patterns. Some of them are vicious. Others are virtuous. To break unhealthy patterns and establish new ones, you have to change what you’re doing.QuestionsWhat are some of the patterns that you have fallen into that don’t serve you?Are there any patterns that you’ve adopted that served you at one time but that no longer serve you now?What are the healthy patterns of activity that are producing results for you now?How could you do even more of what is already working?Who has a pattern that you can follow to produce the same result they’re producing? What’s that pattern?last_img read more

As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’

first_img“Just doing his system and I think anybody who’s watched coach Yeng can see that everybody’s going to have an opportunity to play,” said Norwood after Gilas’ 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday.Guiao’s system usually employs 12 players on a team and this assurance that everyone would get minutes is what motivates players to lock in the game, which is what Gilas badly needs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith only the better of two fourth seeds advancing, the best chance for the Philippines, which holds a 5-5 record in Group F,  is for Lebanon, the no.4 team in Group E,  to finish the second round with a worse card.Only seven teams will qualify for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China–the top three seeds for each group and the better of the two no.4s. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao during the national team’s tune up before heading to Doha and Kazakhstan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas is facing its biggest challenge yet in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers as one slip could very well eliminate Filipinos from the competition.The Philippine national basketball team needs all the positivity it can get and Gabe Norwood said he and the team’s continued familiarity with head coach Yeng Guiao’s system could prove vital in their quest for the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES NBA All-Star: 10 things to know about the weekendcenter_img Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s not like things in the past when sometimes guys already know they’re not going to play or they might not be able to mentally lock-in,” said Norwood, who has been part of the national team program since 2007 and was part of the team that went to the 2014 World Cup in Greece.Norwood played for Guiao from 2011 to 2016 in Rain or Shine and this partnership produced two championships and numerous playoff appearances.“You will have 12 guys who know they’re going to step out into the court and all are going to be mentally locked in,” said Norwood whose Gilas team will face Qatar and Kazakhstan in late February.“Coach Yeng’s system will help us maximize everybody’s effort and if you know you’re going to go all out the next is going to the same thing and hopefully that translates to win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgery

first_imgAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season. last_img