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Posted by: | Posted on: July 29, 2019

Facebookers get a grip

first_imgBlog, I think we need to talk about ‘Facebookers’.Everywhere I go, in my warped world, I seem to be continually coming across people taking photos, of absolutely everything they do, even the most banal moments, for their Facebook pages. Reality television seems to have swept the country, and taken such a hold, that now, unless you’ve made yourself a bit of a Facebook celeb, you’re practically a social outcast.The main thing I’ve noticed, is that they actually spend so much time taking photos of themselves, in an effort to outdo the lives of their ‘friends’, they are obscured from enjoying the activity they are pretending to be doing in the first place.Blog, do you remember the Bill Clinton controversy surrounding him smoking marijuana as a student, and how he then, incredibly, got out of it by saying he ‘didn’t inhale’? Well, the Facebookers in the office became so preoccupied by updating their profiles all day, to tell each other they were going for a dump or eating a sandwich, that they were unable to carry out that annoyance called work. Myself and Gareth Woodentop, in the face of a union backlash, had to thus ban The Staff visiting the heinous website. I would then wander around the office, making an innocent face, but secretly acting as the Facebook Police, and carry out spot-checks in order to expose defiant offenders. When looking along the top of peoples ‘tool-bars’ on their computers, should I spot that somebody was trying to conceal their crime by looking at another site, but they actually had a tab open for Facebook, I would pounce and cry out, in delight, to the office, ‘Lukey, Facebook on or off, for you?!?!’.The Staff were ready and armed with excuses though, Blog! (Probably sourced from their Peninsula ‘uman raahts ‘andbooks!). And would instinctively shout back ‘No, no!’ and then fill me up with a convenient story that they were waiting for an important work related message or exchanging some irrelevant horse-racing information that had already been in the public domain for hours.Blog, I can’t win, The Staff have got all the moves!Facebookers, get a grip, and get on with your lives!!Over and out, B xlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: July 28, 2019

Rice music professor writes original score for documentary on birth of modern

first_imgShareCONTACT: Ellen ChangPHONE:(713) 348-6777EMAIL: [email protected] MUSICPROFESSOR WRITES ORIGINAL SCORE FOR DOCUMENTARY ON BIRTH OF MODERNWORLDAnthony Brandt,assistant professor of composition at Rice University, has written the originalscore for “Crucible of the Millennium.” The documentary, which focuses on birthof the modern world, will be aired nationally. Local listeners can see thedocumentary on KUHT, Houston Public Television, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9.The soundtrack, which also includes traditional music from around the world,features performances by the Mexican ensemble Huehuetl, currentlyArtists-in-Residence at Houston’s MECA, a theatre arts non-profitorganization.The two-part documentarytraces the birth of globalization to the meetings of cultures that took place inapproximately 1500. The stories of these encounters — between Chinese, Indians,Arabs and Europeans in Calicut, India, and between Native Americans, Europeansand Africans in the New World — is detailed in historical documents and images,and analyzed by a host of distinguished scholars. Issues such as isolationismversus exploration, and tolerance versus subjugation were debated by thesocieties of the time.When each culture isstudied individually, its indigenous music is incorporated into the soundtrack.When the cultures meet, Brandt’s score is used to represent their interminglingand transformation. Composing the score involved finding ways of both reflectingand contrasting with the folk music that surrounds it. The score is written foran ensemble including oboe, bassoon, harp, piano and three percussion. It wasconducted by John Axelrod, and performed by members of Houston’s OrchestraX.“Crucible of theMillennium” received most of its funding from the National Endowment for theHumanities. Addition funding was provided by the Corporation for PublicTelevision, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, the Debs Foundation and theDonnet FundEditors: A photo ofAnthony Brandt may be downloaded at Rice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. AddThislast_img read more