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first_img Two-day conference explores the nexus of art, race, laws, and norms Picturing vision and justice Related Kasseem Dean, known in the music world as Swizz Beatz, was used to seeing Gordon Parks’ photographs in meetings with business partners and at the homes of friends who were not African American. It was far more unusual to see the artwork in front of the people Parks represented.“Instead of overthinking it, I thought I could be a part of the change to start supporting our own,” said the rapper and record producer, who over several years acquired the largest private collection of Parks’ works. “We have a hard time supporting our own sometimes because it’s so close to us. We run from it when we should run to it.”Dean brought 80 pieces to the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Art, where “Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection” opened two weeks ago. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view through July 19.The Dean Collection showcases Parks’ work from his days taking portraits in early 1940s Chicago to his powerful images of the Civil Rights Movement and of poverty in the U.S. and Brazil. He shot for government agencies and Life magazine, taking intimate photos of regular people, such as families in the segregated South, and celebrities such as boxing great Muhammad Ali alike.“Art is not meant to be in your personal space,” said Dean in a telephone interview when asked what prompted him to put the collection in an educational setting. “I feel like it’s our responsibility as collectors to put many eyes on the artwork we collect because it helps the artist. Even Gordon Parks — he was so ahead of his time that a lot of people from this generation don’t understand who he was. This is where the Dean Collection and the Gordon Parks Foundation coming together makes sense. They have a plan where they see his legacy go, and we’re only a part of it. I don’t think this collection will ever come home. I plan on it being always on the road.”,An opening reception for “Gordon Parks: Selections from the Dean Collection” was held on April 25, midway through the “Vision and Justice” conference organized by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dean and his wife, 15-time Grammy Award–winner Alicia Keys, thanked the gallery audience, which included Hutchins Center director Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, history of art and architecture and of African and African American studies Professor Sarah Lewis, and the exhibition’s consulting curator, Maurice Berger. Keys called her husband “the most brilliant person I’ve ever met.”“I never stop being awed by him and the vision that he has,” she said. “It’s so purposeful, I could just cry.”Dean began collecting photography when he was a teenager — his first big purchase was an Ansel Adams. The 40-year-old Bronx native started talking to the Parks Foundation seven years ago, noting that Parks captured “the essence of life, the essence of time, essence of where we came from, the essence of us.”“The most important thing is us owning us,” he said at the reception. “Us having the conversation, leading the conversation about us. Us doing homework and research to learn more about us and us having more patience with us. And I mean everybody when I say us because we all contribute to the big conversation.”Earlier this year, the hip-hop producer launched The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups, to help emerging artists stage their own shows on their own terms. Dean provided seed funding for a show at a location of their choice; they kept all of the profits.His advice to young people who may not see themselves represented in a gallery or museum, or among the collecting community?“Think of creative ways to get in front of people,” he said. “Set up in some places that it might not be normal to see your work, instead of saying, ‘Oh, this gallery is not looking at me, I must be nobody.’ Most people want to go off of the hype more than the reality, and the reality is to get it in front of the most people who appreciate [your art], and sometimes that’s not going to be in a gallery.” The Dean Collection provided 20 grants around the world — “and none of those artists showed in galleries,” Dean said. “Not taking anything away from galleries, but sometimes if you get stuck, you have to go that next level yourself.”Dean, who got a degree from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School in 2017, said his favorite Parks piece is the 1966 image of Ali driving a Cadillac convertible in Miami.“Just seeing Ali like that — not playing the superhero he was, just letting his shoulders relax when he’s in that Cadillac —  I can almost envision being on the side of the road,” he said. “It spoke to me.” ‘The work of culture alters our perceptions’ Radcliffe conference explores the nexus of race and justice through art last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The legendary mountain men and frontiersmen of early American history have long been admired for their independence, endurance, and wilderness skills. They are a symbol of freedom and self-reliance. Painter of the Wild West Frederic Remington said that the frontiersman was “untainted by the enfeebling influences of luxury and modern life” and author Washington Irving once said of the mountain man that “with his horse and his rifle, he is independent of the world, and spurns all its restraints.”Through the use of muzzle loading black powder rifles like the ones the frontiersman carried, a contemporary outdoorsman can still find a direct link to this mythic man of the American wilds.A muzzleloader is a firearm in which the projectile (bullet/shot) and the propellant (black powder) are loaded through the muzzle of the gun. A measured amount of gunpowder is first poured into the muzzle, then wadding and the projectile are inserted and packed down with a ramrod. A priming charge is then placed on the priming pan or a percussion cap is placed on the nipple, and the gun is ready to fire. Each time the gun is shot, it must be reloaded in the same manner.Lars Lutton, of Morgan County, is a muzzleloader enthusiast who has been shooting black powder rifles competitively since the early 1980s.“I was interested in muzzleloaders ever since I was a kid, watching Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone parading around with them on the television set,” Lutton said. “I like them because they are accurate, easy to operate, and relatively inexpensive to use. Part of the attraction is shooting old time guns and using old time technology. Flintlocks have been around for 300 years or more and percussion rifles started back in the early 1800s.”Lutton enjoys building his own guns and the personal connection he has with the weapons that he crafts.“Contemporary companies make components that are replicas of the original ones and you can construct almost the entire gun yourself. There are very few working parts and I build from components that I can mix and match. All you need to build a gun is a stock, lock, barrel, and a trigger mechanism. For shooting, everything is by hand. There are no cartridges involved. You have to hand load everything. You can cast your own bullets. The only thing that you have to buy is powder and caps and if you shoot flint, you don’t need caps,” Lutton said. “When Davy Crockett went to the Alamo he brought a flintlock because he knew he could find flint but didn’t know if he would be able to find any caps.”As his previous statements imply, part of what Lutton likes about making and shooting these guns is their simplicity. He also appreciates their deadly accuracy.“The mantra of muzzleloaders is ‘powder, patch, shoot.’ That is how the gun is loaded, simple as that, and if you screw that up and do it in any other order, it doesn’t work out so well,” Lars laughed. “You pour powder down the thing, load the bullet, fire it, and it goes off. These primitive firearms are as accurate as any other contemporary, modern rifle. Today, they have 1,000-yard shooting matches with muzzle loading black powder rifles. A common misconception is that flintlocks are inaccurate and take too long to fire, but if it’s properly tuned and you know your gun well, it is very fast and very accurate.”This sentiment is echoed in Carl P. Russell’s exhaustive book, Firearms, Traps, and Tools of the Mountain Men where he writes, “The touted accuracy of the long rifle is genuine and still demonstrated daily by muzzleloader devotees…the shorter, big bore rifles adopted by the mountain men also are accurate, and the muzzle-loading fraternity of today keeps that fact always before the eyes of the interested public.”Lutton does use these weapons for hunting, but he also takes them to muzzle loading shooting competitions across the state.“I hunt deer during muzzleloader season with old school primitive weapons and I have taken out my 16-gauge flintlock to turkey hunt several times,” Lars said. “When I first started shooting muzzleloaders competitively I would go to what are called ‘Rendezvous,’ which were period correct competitions and gatherings that featured frontier life and culture. They are much like Civil War reenactments. Everyone wore period clothing and lived in period correct accommodations like lodges and teepees. Anything modern had to be covered and hidden from sight. I ended up getting into frontier culture and lore because it allowed me to compete more regularly, but then I found out about these other muzzleloader clubs where you didn’t have to worry about period specific clothing and such. My Rendezvous period didn’t last too long. It was way too much work.”There are primitive weapons clubs across the state that routinely get together to practice, compete, and fraternize that were started several generations ago and whose members may still be the descendants of the club founders. Lutton belongs to one such club.“The one closest to my home that I belong to is Wolf Creek Cap Snappers in Chesterhill. We also shoot at a sister club in Lowell that is called Cat’s Creek Muzzleloading Club. The one in Chesterhill was started by one of the boys’ grandfathers in the early 1950s and most members are multi-generational, dating from the ‘50s. They hauled a building from Chesterhill in a hay wagon several miles down to a property that they own to make the clubhouse. One amusing club anecdote: the founder’s grandson — who shall remain anonymous — was once beaten in a shoot by his own mother with his own rifle,” Lutton said.Muzzleloader shooting competitions are diverse and colorful affairs where the shooting challenges are as unique as the clubs at which they are held.“There are ‘off-hand’ matches which are target shoots where the target is usually 25 yards away. Out at Wolf Creek and Cat’s Creek, targets are set at 30 yards. There’s what is called a ‘woods walk’ where you follow a trail through the woods and shoot at different targets at different distances and different difficulties. At ‘blanket shoots’ everyone brings a prize of a certain denomination that is usually associated with muzzleloading. The best shooters with the best scores get first choice and you choose in descending order, but everyone gets something. Usually the dubious prize keeps showing up competition after competition.”“There are also what are called novelty matches. You go around to different clubs and each has their own novelty matches and challenges. Almost everyone has some that are peculiar to their club and have often been passed down for generations. There’s the ‘outhouse door,’ where you sit on an outhouse toilet seat, call pull, the outhouse door opens and you shoot at some target that can be pretty far away. You only have so much time to draw and shoot before the door closes on you. There is another one called the ‘rattle box’ where you are shooting at small targets at different distances. A rattling timer is placed next to the shooter — a ball bearing is dropped into a vertical maze that eventually comes out of the bottom and hits a bell that times the shooter out. We shoot at crossed strings at 25 yards and try to break both strings with one shot, or shoot at playing cards with the edge facing the shooter, trying to shoot it in half. We shoot all kinds of things — eggs, charcoal, poker chips, lollipops.”Despite the competitive fun and intrigue of muzzle-loading shooting sports and the rich historical legacy embodied by primitive black powder weaponry, interest in them is waning. Lutton knows he may well be a member of a dying breed.“There is a dwindling of interest in the sport and membership numbers in the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) are down. It’s mostly an age thing. The membership is dying off and there are very few young people taking it up; but that’s true for all shooting sports—they’re in decline, as is hunting in general,” he said.This is an unfortunate truth in our nation, a sign of the disappearing appreciation for that heritage. Author Wallace Stegner once commented that the “wilderness idea” in America is “something that has helped form our character and that has certainly shaped our history as a people…something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed.” And while Stegner is referring to the literal, physical wilderness of our nation, it is equally true that vestiges and artifacts of that wilderness frontier, crucial to the forming of the American democracy, like the black powder muzzle loading rifle, are important to preserve, promote, and celebrate for their great historical and cultural value.last_img read more


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first_imgYour engineering team has spent weeks working on the design of the latest product concept.  The concept design has been made using high-end CAD modeling tools that allow sophisticated 3D renderings.  The problem now is how to share the new design with the rest of the enterprise.  How can the concept design model be distributed for comment without requiring the original expensive authoring application be installed on everyone’s desk that may want to take a look at the current product direction?Screenshots.  A live presentation or webinar.  These are some workarounds to disseminate the data, but they don’t offer any degree of interactivity for controlling how the model is to be visualized.The problem gets more complex in larger organizations where different groups have adopted different sets of authoring tools.  In those cases, sharing files and data for collaboration is limited because people may have access to data files but they don’t have access to the authoring application to view them.Another problem associated with complex authoring applications is that these feature-rich tools often require highly trained users.  These kinds of applications are often not very approachable by casual users or those who may just need to view an existing data model.  In these cases, even if the application is available to a user, it may not be of much use.A better solution is to use a Universal Viewer.  A Universal Viewer is a single low-cost application that presents a consistent and easy-to-use interface for viewing most commonly used file formats.In collaboration with Spicer, Formtek has created the Formtek View application.  View is a true Universal Viewer that is web-based.  It is able to view most CAD, graphics and Office documents.  In all, more than 200 file formats are supported.  View’s tight integration with the Formtek | Orion data repository allows an organization to tightly secure and correctly disseminate documents and files on an Intranet or the Internet; and across the enterprise and with partners.Universal viewing with Formtek | View is cost-effective and convenient.  Web-based access allows users access from any networked client without a requirement for having supporting applications already installed on the workstation where the data is viewed.Formtek | View is very flexible and customizable.  View comes with an out-of-the-box configuration using high-frequency industry-standard viewing operations that are called out for use from an easy-to-access toolbar.  The core of View is a set of programmable ActiveX components.  By changing the usage of the ActiveX components, it’s possible to fairly easily customize your own viewer application, exposing the operations most commonly needed for your business processes.teen pornolast_img read more


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first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now I had to consider the title Eat Their Lunch, the image of a person taking another person’s lunch in the form of a brown paper bag, a yellow cover that screams for attention, and an aggressive font.I also had to consider whether to use the Red Ocean as a metaphor for competition, as well as the shark that causes the ocean to be red in the first place. The sharks in the red ocean aren’t attacking their customers; they’re attacking each other. So, if you live where the water is red, it’s best to be the Great White.I struggled with all of these decisions, but not because there is anything that I have written that would give anyone pause about my recommendations on how to sell. What I believe is that selling is something you are doing for someone and with someone—and not something you do to someone. It’s the act of caring enough to help people create better results, including results they don’t yet know are available to them.I took only one person’s counsel on this, and that counsel came from a friend and mentor, Seth. We agreed that I had to either run towards these concepts or away from them. I chose to run towards them because the need to displace competitors is necessary in for most of us who are not fortunate enough to have a line of people waiting to buy from us each morning (something only Apple has proven capable of). I did, however, change the hand grabbing the bag from a man’s hand in a suit with a big watch on his wrist, because it was too Glengarry Glenn Ross for me.Recently someone told me that 80% of people have a negative opinion of salespeople. I don’t believe that is true, even if people may respond to a survey in the numbers indicated. People have moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers, and friends who work in sales. I don’t buy the “everybody hates salespeople” idea because I spend every day with salespeople who have clients that love them–even if those clients don’t buy from poor salespeople.Over time, I have developed a certain immunity to the negative stereotype of salespeople, like one might develop from taking a small dose of iocane powder every day.That said, the title, cover, and red ocean concept are all aimed directly at salespeople who must displace competitors in the act of acquiring new opportunities and clients. Nothing in Eat Their Lunch, The Lost Art of Closing, or The Only Sales Guide suggests that salespeople do anything to harm or take advantage of their clients, and nor do any of the 3,700 blog posts I have published here.last_img read more


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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano continued its ascent in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, escaping with a 67-63 victory over St. Benilde for its second win Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Chiefs squandered a 10-point lead, 65-55, in the final 2:21 of the game as the Blazers fought back and got to as close as four, 67-63, after a Yankie Haruna layup with 27.5 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Quarters: 13-10, 36-31, 51-49, 67-63.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES St. Benilde forced another turnover, Arellano’s fourth in the last two minutes, but the clock just wasn’t on its side as JJ Domingo missed two freebies with the time winding down.Despite the eyesore of a victory, coach Jerry Codiñera would rather focus on the positives as he continues his buildup for the upcoming NCAA season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Anything that will give us a positive step is always a welcome note for us and we’re embracing that,” he said. “Our turnovers were horrible, but I’ll find a way for us to improve going to the NCAA season.”Lervin Flores showed the way for the Chiefs with 16 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks, while Kraniel Villoria added five of his 14 markers in the fourth quarter, while also dishing five assists. Zach Nicholls also went 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to wound up with nine points for Arellano.The trio’s efforts made up for the silent outing of Kent Salado, who played through a mild knee injury and went scoreless in 23 minutes on the floor.Clement Leutcheu topped the Blazers (1-6) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Emmanuel San Juan had 10 in the defeat.The Scores:ARELLANO 67 – Flores 16, Villoria 14, Nicholls 9, Enriquez 6, Meca 6, Canete 6, Taywan 5, Rivera 3, Ongolo Ongolo 1, Abanes 1, Salado 0, Concepcion 0, Aguilar 0, De Guzman 0, Padilla 0, Chavez 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 63 – Leutcheu 17, San Juan 10, Pili 6, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Haruna 4, Mercado 4, JJ Domingo 3, Dixon 3, Sta. Maria 2, Johnson 2, Velasco 1, Castor 0, Young 0, Bunyi 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pacquiao’s Friday training called off View commentslast_img read more




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This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Citation: Backers of data privacy measure submit signatures for ballot (2018, May 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-backers-privacy-submit-signatures-ballot.html Supporters of a California initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their personal data say they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Proponents of the measure, which would allow consumers to bar companies from selling their personal information, said Thursday they have submitted 625,000 signatures. If the secretary of state certifies that enough of the signatures are valid, the initiative will go before voters in November. Google, AT&T and other tech giants are funding an opposition campaign to quash the measure.It would require companies to tell users what types of personal information they collect and whether they’ve sold it. It would also let consumers sue companies for security breaches, even if the consumer can’t prove they were harmed as a result.Supporters say social media companies and others that collect and sell data can easily stop doing so and still make money selling advertisements and charging consumers to use their products.”People really want to be able to do something to take control over their personal information,” Alastair Mactaggart said, a San Francisco housing developer funding the initiative. “It’s entirely feasible, and it’s very low-tech.”Facebook gave $200,000 to the opposition effort before it said it will stop contributing money. Its announcement came amid mounting backlash after news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a Republican-linked consulting firm, had collected data from millions of Facebook users.Opponents argue the measure would create different standards for companies in California and could limit residents’ choices.”It is unworkable, requiring the internet and businesses in California to operate differently than the rest of the world—limiting our choices, hurting our businesses, and cutting our connection to the global economy,” leaders of the opposition campaign said in a statement. “This will open the floodgates for abusive, costly lawsuits.”The initiative wouldn’t deter businesses from selling products to California residents, Mactaggart said. Many industries, such as the auto industry, have to comply with different regulations in different states, he said. Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort read more