Phish’s Trey Anastasio Briefly Appears In ‘Broad City’ During Abbi’s Bad Mushroom Trip

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Comedy Central aired a new episode of its critically acclaimed scripted series, Broad City. Titled “Mushrooms” (Season 4, Episode 4), this latest installment in the series sees the show’s two protagonists—Ilana Wexler (played by Ilana Glazer) and Abbi Abrams (played by Abbi Jacobson)—enjoying a day off, with the show opening to the girls eating psychedelic mushrooms and following their (mis)adventures as the day unfolds. As their trip kicks in, the episode takes an unexpected turn, eschewing the show’s traditional acting for a trippy, Day-Glo animated sequence created by frequent collaborator and artist Mike Perry.Broad City References Phish, Disco Biscuits, String Cheese Incident And More In New EpisodeThis Broad City Episode Was Chock Full Of Phish ReferencesAs the trip begins to tail off, the Broad City episode returns to its standard live-action format, though psychedelic special effects consistently appear throughout the rest of the show as the girls’ trips wind down. Toward the tail-end of “Mushrooms”, Abbi smokes some pot, which restarts her tripping and kicks off a nightmarishly bad trip. As she tries to calm herself down, Abbi reminds herself of things that soothe her (Oprah, Mark Ruffalo, flutes), and once she is reminded of “music”, images of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio quickly flash on the screen.This is not the first time that Broad City has given subtle nods to the jam-band community. Abbi Jacobson, one of the show’s lead actresses and co-creators, has been a “phan” for quite some time, telling Relix in a past interview, “I used to go to a lot of jam and Phish shows. . . . That’s what we did on the weekends—we’d see shows.” In an episode first aired last summer, the show’s character Abbi alluded to her jam-band days, namedropping Phish, RatDog, Dark Star Orchestra, the Disco Biscuits, and String Cheese Incident, and Broad City has previously quoted lines from Phish’s “Cavern” and “Run Like An Antelope.”You can watch Trey Anastasio’s super-brief cameo on Broad City last night during Abbi’s terrible mushroom trip below, or watch the episode in its entirety on Comedy Central’s website here.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Dominican, Delroy Nesta Williams Featured in Inaugural Publication of US Magazine

first_imgEntertainmentInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Dominican, Delroy Nesta Williams Featured in Inaugural Publication of US Magazine by: – February 29, 2020 Share 180 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Dominican writer, Delroy ‘Nesta’ Williams’ short story, The Ritual, is featured in the inaugural issue of US magazine, Gumbo.The magazine’s first publication, being launched in Chicago, USA on the last day of Black History Month (February 29th) is described as an ode to black life. It is a coffee table top book that is ideal for afrocentric individuals who aspire to attain contemporary art.Williams describes his choice as a contributing writer as a great opportunity especially given his humble beginnings as a writer.The magazine’s co-founder/creative director described The Ritual as “compelling, and an excellent fit with our vision for this inaugural issue.”Williams’ short story, selected from over 1000 submissions from over 400 creatives, delves into death and coming to terms with loss from the perspective of a young boy finding his space within a disjointed family.He mentioned that he is currently compiling a collection of poems entitled Moods and Attitudes and also working with other Dominican writers on a children’s book.He is also a contributor to a Dominican short story anthology entitled The Flying Crapaud which was recently published in 2020.Gumbo Magazine can be purchased online via the company’s website:GumboThe Flying Crapaud can be purchased online via Amazon.last_img read more

Sidhu leads offensive attack as Huskies beat Blades

first_imgSaturday’s win over the Blades was significant for the Huskies as they continue to climb in the NWJHL standings. The team that began the 2013 portion of the season in the league basement, now sits tied for fourth place with Slave Lake and only sit two points behind third place Fairview.With the win, the Huskies have now won six of their last seven games.Another big two points are on the line this Wednesday, as the Huskies travel to Dawson Creek, who now only trail the Huskies by two points in the standings. Another three goals were scored by the Huskies in the third, beginning with Robbie Sidhu completing his hat-trick on a beautiful goal scored low five-hole from his backhand.Sidhu’s third goal also provided him with the lead in the aforementioned goal scoring race between himself and rookie Cayle Bell, which following Saturday’s game, sits with Sidhu leading by just one, 21-20 in favour of the Huskies veteran.Cody Hildebrand scored his 11th of the season, while Dayne Pederson notched his second of the game and the Huskies final tally, on a beautiful goal where the speedy forward undressed a defender, and then pulled a few quick stick handles on Quinn, roofing the puck on his backhand to earn his first multi-goal game of the season.It was a busy day for the Fort St. John scorekeepers, as nine different Huskies players completed the evening with multi-point games, While Robbie Sidhu and Cayle Bell finished the game with three points each, and the team went an impressive 3-for-5 with the man-advantage.  Advertisement Post victory, Huskies multi-goal scorer Dayne Pederson, who earned the first star of the game Saturday, says despite some struggle midway through the season, morale is at an all-time high in the Huskies dressing room right now.     “Feels pretty good right now, all of us are going together, bonding, sticking together, doing everything as a team, feels really good right now all of us clicking, playing as one.”Pederson also spoke about his team’s next challenge, the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks, and what the Huskies need to focus on entering Wednesday’s away game.“Probably more discipline from the guys. It’s always been a rival between us, so we’ll come out flying, hitting, and do whatever we can to get the ‘W’.”It was a rough outing the last time these two teams met on Thursday, January 31, a game that totalled close to 200 penalty minutes, and produced three separate fights in the Huskies 6-1 victory.Advertisementcenter_img It was a dominant first period for the Huskies. Three different goal scorers hit the game sheet Saturday in the opening frame, beginning just 5:41 in, when the Huskies leader in points Robbie Sidhu, scored on the power-play, going end-to-end with the puck, undressing a Blades defenseman, and scoring high blocker on Beaverlodge starting goalie, Dylan Quinn.Rookie Cayle Bell doubled the lead roughly five minutes later courtesy of a perfectly placed shot, while Dayne Pederson added his first of the evening off a rebound halfway through the first, wrapping up the opening frame with the hometown Huskies leading 3-0, while out-shooting the Blades 15-4 in the first.The second period progressed much like the first, as Cayle Bell scored his second of the evening 7:04 into the period, followed by another Robbie Sidhu power-play goal, where the shifty sniper fired a perfectly placed shot low on the ice to beat Quinn.- Advertisement -Sidhu and Bell’s back-and-forth goal scoring battle was exciting to watch, as the two are currently deadlocked in a race for the team’s leading goal scorer.  Unfortunately, Huskies starting goaltender Daimon Derouin’s shutout was snapped 13:22 into the second, as Blades forward Cody Darke scored the lone goal for Beaverlodge Saturday.Regardless, Derouin had another solid performance in net for the Huskies, finishing the game with a 21 save performance to be proud of, earning his third win in his fourth start for the team.Advertisementlast_img read more

D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green to sit Monday vs Lakers

first_imgGuard D’Angelo Russell and forward Draymond Green will rest for the Warriors in Monday night’s preseason game against Lakers at Staples Center.Russell and Green are expected to be back in the lineup, while Curry will sit Wednesday’s matchup. Curry is expected to be the lone star player participating in Monday’s exhibition.“I mean, it’s just more of the same, just continuing to build habits. We have a couple things we want to focus on, just common Warrior themes like taking care of the ball …last_img read more

Stem Cell Science Can Proceed Ethically

first_img(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With adult and induced pluripotent stem cells in abundance, it should not be necessary to destroy human embryos to understand stem cell science.Research with adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) is continuing to produce amazing discoveries.Self-healing heart:  The heart has a store of stem cells that is capable of natural regenerative capacity, scientists at Kings College London found (Medical Xpress), promising new treatment for heart failure:The study, published today in the journal Cell, shows that if the stem cells are eliminated, the heart is unable to repair after damage. If the cardiac stem cells are replaced the heart repairs itself, leading to complete cellular, anatomical and functional heart recovery, with the heart returning to normal and pumping at a regular rate.Also, if the cardiac stem cells are removed and re-injected, they naturally ‘home’ to and repair the damaged heart, a discovery that could lead to less-invasive treatments and even early prevention of heart failure in the future.Reprogramming iPSC mutations:  For patients with a blood disease, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found they could take skin cells, create iPSCs from them, fix the mutation that causes the blood disease, re-inject them, and cure the disease (Science Daily).  “The technology for generating these cells has been moving very quickly,” the hematologist said.Bad teeth?  Urine luck:  Science Daily reported a “number one source” for new teeth: stem cells in a patient’s own urine.  There’s potential in that liquid that is flushed down the drain to regenerate iPSCs that can be coaxed into creating hard parts of teeth structures.  “The system mimics normal tooth development, which results from an interaction between two different cell types; epithelial cells, which give rise to enamel, and mesenchymal cells, which give rise to the other three main components of teeth (dentin, cementum and pulp).”  iPSC technology is good news, because “their derivation avoids the controversial use of embryos” and the cells are not rejected by the patient.Functional blood vessels:  Scientists at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital succeeded in growing functional blood vesses in vivo from iPSCs, Medical Xpress reported with the headline, “Patient, heal thyself.”  By overcoming several challenges with the method, they have shown that it is no longer necessary to rely on human embryonic stem cells to do the job.   According to a researcher, “the use of vascular precursors from human embryonic stem cells pose ethical and immunological concerns that are averted with the use of iPS-derived vasculogenic cells.”Understanding adult stem cells:  European scientists are learning how stem cells in human skin differentiate, according to Science Daily.  By making proteins “shine,” they can monitor the developmental pathways as the stem cells form different tissues and organs in the skin, such as sweat glands, fat, or hair follicles.  They found that the cells do not follow a simple hierarchy from primitive stem cell to finished tissue, but “there are differentiated levels of stem cells and that it is their close micro-environment that determines” the tissue generated.  These findings will help regenerative medicine avoid “waking up” cells in the wrong place or time that might result in cancer.Understanding embryonic stem cells:  Scientists are trying to understand the expression of embryonic stem cells – in mice.  Science Daily explored the paradox of how these cells can be marked with “on” and “off” regulatory marks simultaneously, like seeing a red and green light at the same time.  A more “nuanced” view of the genetic code is showing a method in the paradox: stem cells can be maintained in a “bivalent state” that allows them to go down either path, depending on context.Understanding the differences:  By studying the substances in zebrafish cells that can convert body cells back to stem cells through a kind of “eraser” that removes the body cell’s memory of what it was, scientists are finding out how to make induced stem cells resemble embryonic cells more closely, Science Daily reported.  And why is this good?  “These multi-talented cells are the focus of much attention in biomedical research because experts hope to use them to regenerate damaged organs without having to resort to embryonic stem cells.”Learning from flatworms:  Flatworms (planaria) have an uncanny ability to regenerate their heads (students sometimes create two-headed planaria in science lab).  At MIT, Medical Xpress reported, scientists made the discovery that muscle cells in the flatworm have the ability to communicate with their nearby stem cells, informing them what kind of tissue is needed.  Certain “position control genes,” which are “highly conserved and many are found in other animals, including humans,” are controlled by particular proteins in the muscle cells.  When wounded, cells alter these proteins to control which PCGs are made, signaling pathways that direct the stem cells to know what kinds of repairs are needed.  “Because the muscle fibers are long, when you cut the animal, it can immediately respond by contracting to close the wound, turning on wound-induced genes at that site, and eventually changing the pattern of expression to respond to the missing tissue.”  Understanding that flow of information “opens whole new areas of research,” the article said.It was just in time.  In 2007, when Japanese scientists learned how to create iPSCs from adult tissues (a Nobel prize discovery), they took the wind out of embryonic stem cell research.  Throughout the Bush and early Obama administrations, scientists were clamoring for rights to destroy human embryos in order to understand stem cells, pulling at the public’s heartstrings to claim patients were dying without them, because conservatives didn’t care about people.  Now that iPSCs and adult stem cells are plentiful and just as effective, why use ESCs at all?  Researchers can learn all they need to know about them from mice and zebrafish.  A subtext we hope you noticed in these stories is that many scientists today would prefer to avoid the ethical controversies.  They want to help patients “without having to resort to embryonic stem cells.”  That’s a welcome change of heart.The miracle cures possible with adult stem cells and iPSCs are at the doorstep.  We have much to look forward to: new hearts, new teeth, new blood vessels and much more.  This will be healthy, morally good, practical research that has nothing to do with evolution.  We need more of that kind of science.last_img read more

Top safety plan for World Cup

first_imgNew SAPS vehicles were paraded in Sandton toshow that South Africa’s security agenciesare prepared for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi) South Africa’s security agencies will do their utmost to ensure fans are protected and the country remains safe during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the country’s government has promised.The agencies, which include police and various emergency services, have been ready for some time now, National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele said at a parade in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 17 May. “We are ready to host the World Cup …”Local and international journalists, many of whom are already stationed here for next month’s tournament, were in Sandton to witness the display of high-tech armoured police and traffic vans, chase helicopters and ambulance fleet to be used during the June-July period.The display should give overseas reporters a good indication of the country’s security preparations, Cele said. “The international media must tell the world what they see,” he added.The nation’s expertly trained soldiers also showed off their skills during the parade, as the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the army will work together on various operations during the World Cup.Government had allocated R1.35-billion (US$179-million) to these two forces to ensure maximum security for the month-long tournament.As the country counts down the 23 days remaining until kick-off, the display was “a show of strength of all agencies”, Cele said. “Definitely, South Africa is ready. We’re ready to secure all stadiums …”Some R665-million($88. 2-million) has been spent on World Cup security equipment, which – in addition to the armoured vehicles and helicopters – include sniper rifles, surveillance cameras, advanced bomb-disabling equipment and water cannons.About 41 000 SAPS officers will be deployed during World Cup operations. The group will consist of 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 reservists, with a combined budget of R640-million ($85-million).Joint forcesPolice and intelligence officers will also work with Interpol and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO). Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general, announced in April that about 25 of its member countries will supply additional security personnel to South Africa for the World Cup.While Interpol will provide top-notch intelligence and surveillance equipment, SARPCCO is expected to play a critical role in helping South Africa secure its borders and ensure that people don’t enter the country illegally during June and July.The remaining 31 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will also send their own security officers to deal with any terrorism or general crime threats.International security agencies have given a “thumbs up” to South Africa’s World Cup security plans, Cele said.Lasting legacySouth African forces have received training in crowd control management from the French National Police Force. Thanks to the leadership and expertise of French General Herve Niel, among others, SAPS members are now well equipped to deal with violent outbreaks.“The resources that have been put in place and the training will be there to benefit the people South Africa long after the World Cup,” Cele said.“South Africa will never be the same again after the World Cup,” added Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.The South African Football Association is satisfied with World Cup security plans, said its CEO Lesley Sedibe. Security of all 32 participating teams will be prioritised, he added. “We’re confident that the security of all the teams is in good hands.”last_img read more

Gallery: South African rhythm in Soweto

first_imgCompiled and photographed by Bongani Nkosi The hearty rhythm of South African music and dance is best experienced on the streets of Soweto, the country’s largest and most famous township. The skilled, lithe movements of pantsula dancers, traditional tribal displays and impeccably timed brass band parades are just some of the attractions that are delighting streams of tourists and local spectators alike.Click on a thumbnail for a larger low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below each thumbnail to download a high-resolution image.   • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

Senate passes 2018 Farm Bill, sets stage for final passage this year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On June 28 the Senate passed its version of the 2018 farm bill with a bipartisan vote of 86-11. The House passed its version on June 21. The two measures will now be reconciled before a final version is sent to President Trump for his signature.“Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow worked with other members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to deliver a bill that will continue to provide the risk management tools that America’s farmers need more than ever before. And the fact that Leader McConnell agreed this should be a legislative priority helped move this very important bill forward in the Senate,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. “Of course, no bill is ever perfect, but this bipartisan effort gives us a solid framework for progress. We do have concerns about some of the provisions that were added to the bill that make it harder for farmers to manage risk, but we are confident that those issues can be satisfactorily addressed by the House/Senate conference committee. We look forward to working with conferees from both houses to get the best possible farm bill done for rural America.”The National Corn Growers Association was pleased with the robust federal crop insurance program included in the bill. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) was supportive of the $100 million in additional funding for the dairy title baseline. The Senate version of the Farm Bill contains enhancements to the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) sought by NMPF, including improved coverage levels and greater program flexibility.The Senate bill — which renames the MPP as the “Dairy Risk Coverage” program — raises the maximum covered margin to $9 per cwt. and adjusts the minimum percentage of milk that can be insured. It also includes an important agreement reached between NMPF and the International Dairy Foods Association on price risk management. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) included provisions in the bill that promote the consumption of fluid milk. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) included provisions of her Dairy Business Innovation Act in the bill to help foster innovation and new opportunities for the dairy industry.Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, pointed out the Senate’s rejection of an amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill offered by U.S. Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Cory Booker (N.J.) that sought to undermine commodity “checkoff” programs.“The rejection of this amendment is a win for America’s cattle producers, who voluntarily created and continue to overwhelmingly support the beef checkoff system. Legislation like the Lee-Booker amendment is largely pushed by militant vegans and extreme political organizations that essentially want to end animal agriculture,” Kester said. “We’re happy that producers can continue to lead the checkoff system and contract with whatever producer-led groups will best promote beef consumption and research.”The Senate bill also contains conservation provisions that will help producers access technical and financial assistance to carry out conservation practices on their operations. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) added a helpful amendment to give farmers greater flexibility in meeting their goals under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.Under the trade title, the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill also re-authorizes the trade promotion programs.As part of the Farm Bill, the Senate passed two amendments offered by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), including:An amendment by Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to ensure that Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, can access funding under the Farm Bill that is available for 1890 land-grant institutions. Central State University is currently unable to receive the same level of federal funding as other historically black colleges, and this amendment would ensure that all 1890 land-grant intuitions are treated equal.An amendment by Portman and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) to promote rural community economic development, innovation, and broadband integration. Specifically, the Portman-Cortez Masto amendment would codify the Council on Rural Community Innovation to help promote policies that use technological innovation to resolve challenges related to health care, law enforcement, housing, and telecommunications. The amendment would also establish a Rural Broadband Integrated Working Group within the Council.Senator Sherrod Brown, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, pushed for the inclusion of several items in the bill including: the Local Food and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act designed to assist farmers in selling products directly to consumers, creating rural jobs, and investing in local and regional food economies; and the Give Our Resources the Opportunity to Work (GROW) Act to improve water quality in Lake Erie and across Ohio by refocusing federal investments to improve water quality and soil health.last_img read more

Neutral Density Filter Shootout – Which ND Filter is Best?

first_imgPolariod ND fader FilterGenus ND fader FilterLightcraft Fader ND Mark IITiffen Variable NDSingh-Ray Vari-ND FilterHeliopan 77mm Variable ND FilterWhat is a neutral density filter?For those unfamiliar, a neutral density filter is a glass filter that you affix to the end of a camera lens.  The filter modifies light intensity, which gives a photographer or DSLR video shooter more flexibility in their shot, with the ability to use a larger aperture.  Neutral density (or ND) filters range in price and quality/effectiveness.  Dave tested the ND filters for the following factors:SharpnessBokehColor CastSee which ND filter Dave named a best bet based on quality and cost.  For anyone looking to purchase or learn more about professional grade ND filters, this video is a must watch: Looking to buy an ND filter?  Be sure to check out this video review.  6 popular ND filters go head-to-head and one is chosen as a best buy for pro photographers and DSLR’s Dave Dugdale recently completed a thororgh test on 6 commercial neutral dentisty filters for photographers and DSLR shooters.  The real world test of these filters included the following brands and models:last_img read more

Top 10 Movie Editing Moments of All Time

first_imgThese 10 editing moments represent some of the finest in the history of cinema.Editing is one of the most under-appreciated roles in the filmmaking process. Maybe it’s the fact that it happens in a dark room instead of a huge sound stage, or maybe it’s because it goes almost entirely unnoticed to the audience. One thing is for sure, good editing is vitally important for a film’s success. Every movie is assembled through editing, but great movies use editing to enhance the storytelling process.The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy. -Francis Ford CoppolaThere is an endless list of impressive film editing examples, but the following video created by Cinefix shows us their top 10 of all time. This list is opinion, so if you have any editing moments that you think should have made the cut (pardon the pun), share in the comments below.10. Opening Sequence – City of God9. Execution Scene – Bonnie & Clyde8. Phallic Metaphor – North By Northwest7. Baptism Scene – The Godfather6. The Odessa Steps – Battleship Potemkin5. Shower Scene – Psycho4. Eye Splitting – Un Chien Andalou3. Opening Sequence – Apocalypse Now2. Bone Match Action – 2001: A Space Odessey1. “Match” Action – Lawrence of ArabiaFor more detailed information about each editing moments check out the following video created by Cinefix.This video was first shared on the Cinefix YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing!Are there any editing moments that should have made the cut? Disagree with any of the films in the top 10? Share in the comments below.last_img read more