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September 4, 2015

Scalar i6000 tape library doubles density

Quantum has announced new enhancements to the Scalar i6000 tape library, doubling drive density to provide what is claimed to be the most compact LTO storage footprint in the enterprise market, adding unique RESTful web services management capabilities and offering 80 PLUS certified power supplies for efficient power usage.

The new Scalar i6000 design doubles the number of full-height LTO drives that fit into a 19-inch rack footprint, for twice the performance or data access within the same footprint.

Quantum plans to expand Scalar i6000 capacity further in 2016, scaling to more than 15,000 slots, or more than 225PB, in a single system.

The addition of RESTful web services enables Scalar i6000 users to automate configuration and administrative tasks – anything that can be done from the graphical user interface can now be done via web services. The user interface has also been dramatically simplified with a new streamlined layout designed to reduce clicks and display information more efficiently and concisely.

Robert Clark, Senior Vice President, Product Operations, Quantum, said “Quantum is the market leader in open systems tape automation because we understand our customers and where they are headed, and deliver solutions to address their dynamically changing requirements. The Scalar i6000 has the most comprehensive feature set available and is optimized for a broad range of use cases and environments.”

August 27, 2015

Digital technologies: the key to unlocking wave energy?

While wave energy represents a huge source of renewable energy, it is yet to make the impact of wind and solar. But could using new digital technologies help ocean power achieve its potential? Shalinee Kishore, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Lehigh University, explains to Abi Millar how new research into cyber-physical integration could unlock its commercial potential.


wave power

It’s an energy source that’s steady, sustainable and abundant, with no chance of being depleted. More predictable than wind or solar power, and better for the planet than fossil fuels, it has been pegged as holding the potential to generate almost a third of the United States’ electricity needs. And yet wave energy remains an almost entirely untapped resource, with a considerable amount of work to be done before it reaches full commercial viability.

“To date, the levelized cost of wave energy conversion is high,” explains Shalinee Kishore, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kishore University. “Since wave energy is early in its development compared to other renewables, existing testing infrastructure and standards are insufficient, and current regulatory and permitting procedures have not caught up with the technology.”

Certainly, installing a wave farm might be seen as prohibitively pricey. The costs of labour and equipment are typically high, and harsh offshore conditions are liable to hike up maintenance costs too. And while several commercial-scale wave farms have been deployed in Europe and Australia, the US has yet to make the leap: its one commercial wave park ground to a halt in 2013 due to legal and technical problems.

Kishore and her research team at Lehigh University are looking to redress this situation. Through focusing on the design, operations and maintenance of ocean wave farms, they are seeking new ways to improve the technology and help wave power fulfil its potential.

“We want to develop novel sensing, prediction, optimisation and control techniques for wave energy farms, and to leverage these techniques to design and operate farms that are reliable, efficient, economical and environmentally benign,” she says. “In doing so, we also want to identify and exploit revenue streams and market integration opportunities for wave power producers.”

Electric ocean

Broadly, the purpose of a wave farm is to convert the kinetic energy in ocean waves into electricity. While this can be achieved via a single wave energy converter (WEC), which absorbs the power from the incoming waves, a standalone generator cannot produce sufficient power for commercial-scale grid integration.

Nor is a simple collection of WECs sufficient. To harness wave energy optimally, a wave farm must be treated as a complex cyber-physical system, which interacts with the ocean environment and an onshore grid connection point. This requires cleverly designed batteries, sensors and other energy storage points. The WECs also need to interact with each other, to maximise the amount of energy that can be captured.

The UK, like many countries, is debating the ramifications of its increasing reliance on overseas energy imports.

The researchers are therefore seeking ways to improve the entire farm infrastructure, both digital and physical. This means designing efficient WECs that are lightweight and resilient in equal measure. It also means looking into the design and operation of whole wave farms, with a view of converting that wave energy into useable electricity.

“To date, we have looked at how to locate WECs within a wave farm to maximise farm production over a wide range of sea conditions,” says Kishore. “We have considered how to deploy wave sensors to support dynamic and predictive control of wave farms, and we are looking at mechanisms for this predictive control that take short-term predictions of incoming waves to adapt power output of the farm.’

“We have also investigated the long-term predictability of waves and how this can aid wave power producers in the electricity market. Finally, we are investigating how to schedule and plan maintenance of wave farms, given the high equipment and labour costs of sending maintenance crews to offshore locations.”

Considering the cost

Considering the scale of the task ahead, it is no surprise that the research team is highly multidisciplinary. In their quest to develop solutions for future wave farms, they are drawing on expertise from fluid dynamics, power systems, sensor networking, signal processing, control theory, operations research and communication theory.

In doing so, they will be paying close attention to the environmental impact of the technology. While, as a renewable resource, wave energy has the potential to significantly reduce our carbon footprint, further studies need to be done to confirm the exact costs and benefits.

“The consistency of waves means that by integrating wave power, the grid may require less conventional ramping, therefore reducing the CO2 emissions that can undercut the sustainability goals of other renewables,” points out Kishore.

“Wave energy also has the highest energy density among renewable resources, implying that wave energy conversion devices can be physically small and less visually obstructive. Preliminary Environmental Impact Statements show ‘no significant impact’ for wave energy conversion.”

Harnessing the power

Early studies have evinced many further benefits too, not least the fact that, because wave energy is available for around 90% of the day, wave power producers may be able to engage in more lucrative market opportunities than are currently available for wind and solar. These sources are more volatile, and can typically only be harnessed 20%-30% of the day.

“Another benefit of wave power is its high availability near population centres,” continues Kishore. “It has been estimated that the economically recoverable resources along the US continental shelf give us more than 25% of our annual electricity demand. Given that coastal states use 78% of the nation’s electricity, the prospect and potential impact for wave power is very high.”

It is hoped that, as time goes by, the team’s work will reach a critical juncture. Ultimately, the advantages of wave farms – not least the ready availability of energy – will offset the high costs of installing the equipment in the first place.

“It is feasible that wave energy will be a component of our energy portfolio by 2030, which is a target for the US Department of Energy,” says Kishore. “As long as the cost of energy for wave power keeps coming down, the benefits of this renewable energy will naturally encourage more and more installations.”

August 27, 2015

Grumpy Old Fan | The long and winding roads (of DC’s event arcs)

Grumpy Old Fan | The long and winding roads (of DC’s event arcs)

He showed his butt once too often

He showed his butt once too often

The end of August also marks three full months worth of DC Comics’ line-wide relaunches. Naturally, the highest-profile of these are in the Superman titles, featuring a depowered and spiritually depantsed Man of Steel; and in the Bat-books, where a buff, mohawked James Gordon is the new Dark Knight. The two main Green Lantern books are also going through status quo upheavals, as Hal Jordan has gone off the reservation with a stolen power-ring prototype, while John Stewart, Guy Gardner and a handful of their colleagues have been hurled into parts unknown. (I’d say more, but it’d spoil the latest issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army.)

While I’m not exactly getting tired of these various plots, I am starting to wonder how long they can each be sustained. That, in turn, reminded me of similarly dramatic storylines that played out over much longer periods of time. I’ll be discussing a lot of storylines today, from the Silver Age to the present, and I’m sure I haven’t listed every possible one. (Spoilers: I won’t have time to get to a “dead and revived” list.) Some of these arcs were planned with endpoints, and some reverted to “normal” thanks to external factors. However, each tested the limits of readers’ tolerance for change.

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We might think of such storylines as part of the “event culture” that began in the ‘80s and dominated superhero comics in the early ‘90s, but they go back much further. When editor Julius Schwartz took over the Bat-books in 1964 (on Batman’s 25th anniversary, in fact), his updates included killing off Alfred. It happened in the “New Look’s” second month, in June 1964’s Detective Comics #328, and lasted for more than two years, until October 1966’s ’Tec #356 explained that Alfred hadn’t died, but was instead transformed into the evil Outsider. In the comics a restorative ray returned Alfred to normal, but in reality the upcoming Batman TV show had prompted his revival. Alfred didn’t remember his time as the Outsider, and nobody else was eager to either. Still, the show (and the comics) kept Dick Grayson’s aunt Harriet Cooper, introduced in ’Tec #328 as Alfred’s successor; and the comics kept the charitable Wayne Foundation, begun as the memorial “Alfred Foundation.”

Alfred’s death was relatively minor compared to the wholesale makeover given Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman #179 (November-December 1968). Mike Sekowsky and Denny O’Neil headed up the “Diana Prince” or “white-suit” era, in which the Amazons left this earthly plane to renew their energies (or something), and Wonder Woman remained behind, without powers or equipment. That meant no costume, no invisible jet and no bracelets or lasso — just some martial-arts skills and a new supporting cast. That radical reinvention lasted just over four years, until Issue 204 (January-February 1973), and was reflected in crossovers with Brave and the Bold (twice), Superman and Lois Lane, and Justice League of America. With Wonder Woman pushing 75, those years are basically a footnote, although an easily identifiable one.

DC in the 1970s was full of updates, with some (like “Diana Prince”) begun in the late ‘60s. Most were comparatively more subtle: Dick Grayson had left Wayne Manor to fight crime in college, the Justice League had upgraded its Secret Sanctuary to an orbiting space station, Clark Kent had moved from print to television, and Hal Jordan had become a truck driver. (That last one was all ‘70s.) For the most part, however, the decade was an attempt to graft “modern” sensibilities on the foundations of the Silver Age.

That’s what made the murder of Iris Allen, in July 1979’s Flash #275, so shocking. Iris had been Barry’s life partner since The Flash’s reintroduction, and was arguably more important to The Flash than, say, Alfred was to the Bat-books. Barry mourned and eventually moved on — and then Iris’ killer, Professor Zoom, went after Barry’s second fianceé, Fiona Webb. Zoom’s death in August 1983’s Flash #324, apparently at The Flash’s hands, led to the two-year “Trial of the Flash” storyline. It proved to be the series’ swan song as well: Barry and Iris got their happy ending in Issue 350, but The Flash sacrificed himself in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The way had been cleared for Wally West to succeed his mentor, inspired by him but free of his baggage.

Around the time Barry Allen was trying to stay out of prison, Hal Jordan was wrestling with his loyalty to the Green Lantern Corps. Having previously been exiled from Earth for a year for defying the Guardians of the Universe (starting in April 1982’s GL #151), upon his return Hal was once again torn between protecting Earth specifically and Sector 2814 generally. Most of this had to do with his love for Carol Ferris, so in October 1984’s Issue 181, Hal chose Carol. Of course, that resulted in Hal’s backup John Stewart becoming Sector 2814’s primary Lantern, an office he held pretty much through February 1986’s Issue 197. The events of Crisis on Infinite Earths facilitated Hal’s return (although they were never told in Crisis proper), which happened in Issue 198. Regardless, for most of the next several years, Hal shared the spotlight with John, Guy, and a handful of fellow Lanterns, until 1994’s “Emerald Twilight” got rid of the Corps itself.

Writer Marv Wolfman got Hal exiled in 1982, and by 1985 was planning to break apart his signature meal ticket, the New Teen Titans. That involved a lot of moving parts, so bear with me. Starting with November 1985’s New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #14, Starfire, Nightwing and Jericho went to Tamaran for Starfire’s royal wedding. That subplot ended with Starfire staying on Tamaran to fulfill her duties as its princess. Directionless without his true love beside him, an angry Nightwing returned to Earth, promptly got into a fight with Wonder Girl, and struck out on his own to look for Raven, who’d been missing since Issue 5. Meanwhile, with Changeling and Cyborg also gone, Wonder Girl assembled an even newer group of Titans, consisting mostly of the guys from the original Titans days (Aqualad, Wally-Flash, Hawk, Speedy) plus Jason “Robin” Todd.

That went south quickly, although Aqualad and The Flash stuck around for a few more issues, and Changeling and Cyborg returned. For his part, Dick found Raven working for the Church of Brother Blood, so soon enough he was too. Later, Donna’s team was attached first by a bizarro Doom Patrol called The Hybrid, and then by the Brotherhood of Evil. The big push to the end started in Issue 28, when everybody except Nightwing and Raven stormed the big Church of Blood to rescue their colleagues and try to stop Brother Blood’s “resurrection” (he’d been “killed” by the Titans a couple of years earlier). The final act took four issues, and the grand finale (May 1987’s Issue 31) included cameos from Superman, Batman, a couple of Green Lanterns and representatives of the Doom Patrol and Infinity Inc. That’s 18 monthly issues and an annual (revealing Blood’s origin) spanning over a year and a half and wrapping up subplots which stretched back even further. There was a lot of closure in this storyline, but I can assure you that as it played out in the monthly books, it seemed to take the Titans further and further from any sort of cohesion. The “Titans Odyssey” (for lack of a better term) helped set the standard for what I would tolerate from my funnybooks; and if it hadn’t stuck the landing so completely, I might not have been a Titans fan for much longer.

Two other significant storylines helped shape their respective “families” for years to come. “Superman in Exile” ran for just over six months, from January 1989’s Adventures of Superman #450 and February’s Superman #28 through July’s Action Comics #643 (the latter relaunching Action after its own six-and-a-half month stint as a weekly anthology). Essentially, Superman decided to leave Earth to get his head on straight, because ever since executing three Phantom Zone criminals (in October 1988’s Superman #22) he’d been borrowing a friend’s heroic identity and “sleep-crimefighting” as Gangbuster. While in space, he was captured by Mongul and forced to fight in gladiatorial combat, but in the down time he met “the Cleric,” a wandering clergyman who passed along a Kryptonian artifact. This was the Eradicator, an all-purpose plot device which restored Supes’ costume and powers, gave him insight into ancient Krypton, and eventually built the Fortress of Solitude. It wasn’t the only element from this storyline to bear fruit in the Superman titles, either: there were turning points for Morgan Edge, Cat Grant, and Supergirl, and the Kryptonian mythology figured heavily in “Reign of the Supermen.”

Over in Batman, January 1989’s #429 wrapped up the monolithic “Death in the Family” storyline with the results of that infamous phone-in vote. Issue 430’s epilogue marked the end of Jim Starlin’s run as writer, and the next several months featured two issues from writer James Owsley and three from writer John Byrne, as the Bat-brain trust tried to figure out where to go with the next Boy Wonder. New writer Marv Wolfman (him again!) introduced Tim Drake with the four-issue biweekly “Batman: Year Three” (issues 436-39), and expanded on his backstory in the five-issue New Titans crossover “A Lonely Place Of Dying” (co-plotted by George Pérez). By December 1989’s Issue 442, Tim was Robin-in-waiting, but he’d spend the next calendar year (spanning 16 Batman issues) training in the Batcave. He finally donned the redesigned red-and-green at the end of December 1990’s Issue 457, ending an almost two-year period without a regular Robin.

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I’ve gone into detail on those old storylines mostly to balance their duration against their narrative merits. It’s not so much that the Bat-books were Robin-less for about two years — which seems like a blip compared with the Diana Prince Era — but that you could tell they were in a holding pattern to a certain extent. I mean, I liked the Owsley/Aparo issues and the Byrne/Aparo “Many Deaths of the Batman” pretty well, but with “Year Three” you could really see where the book was headed, and that was comforting. Ironically, once “Lonely Place” was over, and Tim started his open-ended training, I started wondering when he’d get into costume (especially after Issue 450 came and went).

No doubt super-comics publishers have feasted on reader uncertainty for decades, but it can be a delicate balancing act. Remember, I liked the 1985-87 18-issue New Teen Titans saga because it ended well, both emotionally and narratively. The “Titans Hunt” of 1990-92 spanned 15 issues (#70-84) and was designed to remake the team, instead of bring it back together as the earlier mega-arc had. I admit that sounds conservative and entitled, and I recognize that New Titans probably needed a creative jolt after 10 years, but it didn’t help that “Titans Hunt” ended just as the wild-and-crazy ‘90s were beginning. The book was never the same, partly because it could never settle on a status quo. Jericho and Raven had been turned evil (Raven for the second time), new members like Pantha, Phantasm and Wildebeest weren’t that compelling, and the plots started with Donna Troy’s evil future son and became progressively more outlandish. That’s when I did stop reading New Titans, and when I eventually picked up the back issues, I realized I hadn’t missed much. Only near the end of the ‘90s, with Devin Grayson and Phil Jiminez’s reverential JLA/Titans miniseries — which basically ended with a group hug and a “power of love” moment — did the group regain its appeal. It was corny, but it worked.

Again, though, it worked on me because it was targeted towards longtime Titans fans. The ‘90s also saw the rise of Hal’s Emerald Action Team, or HEAT, the vocal group of Hal Jordan fans who thought Kyle Rayner’s adventures were a traveshamockery of Green Lantern’s potential. There was a case to be made that DC treated Hal a bit more shabbily than his bestie Barry Allen (and, consequently, that Kyle was more of a charity case than Wally West), but that got lost amongst the proverbial green-energy torches and pitchforks. There will always be fans who Demand Action, and a Return To Greatness, in the face of what they see as utterly wrongheaded creative choices. The rest of us — and I am assuming that’s most of us — are, I hope, more open-minded, or at least more patient.

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Actually, “Emerald Twilight” was something of an outlier among DC’s other death-and-replacement arcs of the ‘90s. “Knightfall” (spring 1993-summer 1994) and the “Death of Superman” cycle (fall 1992-summer 1993) replaced Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent with decidedly unsustainable takes on Batman and Superman. Diana got replaced twice as Wonder Woman during the ‘90s, first by Artemis (issues 93-100, January-August 1995) and then three years later by Hippolyta (issues 129-36, January-August 1998). Oliver Queen’s son Connor Hawke became the new Green Arrow (October 1995’s issue #101), Wally West was replaced by his grimmer-timeline counterpart Walter (Flash issues 152-59, September 1999-April 2000), and Kyle Rayner replaced himself with his then-girlfriend Jade while he tried to start a new Green Lantern Corps (okay, that was in 2001 or so, and just for an issue or two).

The Super-titles got event-happy following “Reign of the Supermen.” After 1995’s “Death of Clark Kent” (introducing Conduit, one of the whinier Super-foes), 1996’s Final Night-induced power loss, and the Super-wedding — jerked around on the schedule, by the way, by TV’s Lois Clark — 1997-98 gave the world the Electric Superman. This is a good example of a change so radical it practically guarantees a push of the reset button. By contrast, the Bat-books spent all of 1999 in “No Man’s Land,” a storytelling setup focused on primal emotions and raw urban adventuring. You knew post-quake Gotham was going to be rebuilt, but thematically it wasn’t far removed from the regular Batman environment. The same applied to the “Dick and Damian” status quo of 2009-10: Bruce Wayne was coming back, but the new Batman and Robin were a good blend of different and familiar. Electro-Supes was just different.

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At present, many of DC’s A-listers are in the middle of all-new, mostly-different makeovers. “Truth” is perhaps as big a change for Superman as “Diana Prince” was for the Silver Age Wonder Woman. Jim Gordon’s mecha-Batman is the latest in a slew of changes for the Bat-books stretching back to last spring’s Batman Eternal and “Endgame.” The two Green Lantern storylines also seem open-ended, as does Dick Grayson’s employment with Spyral. Readers might reasonably expect any or all of these upheavals to be reversed at some point, because they’ve been trained to expect such reversions.

However, if a reversion is seen as necessary, it implies that the change was not — or worse, that the change was somehow destructive to the character. Even a genre as conservative as superhero comics can do without that implication. What we might dismiss as “the illusion of change” is a pretty powerful tool for sustaining interest in these deathless characters. The tension at the core of their existence is between their market-friendly familiarity and their need for reader-involving forward motion. Whether you think DC “aged” or “updated” these characters too slowly or too quickly in the ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s; and whether you think it was right to give them mostly fresh starts with the New 52, are basically moot points. DC’s history of, and reputation for, relaunches pretty much means it’s stuck with the continuity it has right now.

That said, the past several months have shown that DC can do a lot within its current continuity. As The Beat reports, the rumor mill is rumbling that Dan DiDio and company don’t have much confidence in “DC You,” and will be returning to more conservative strategies in the months to come. It sounds like another turn of the direct market’s self-fulfilling cycle: Publishers publish what they know will sell, and readers buy it because they’re comfortable with it. In this model, books like the new-look Batgirl are the exceptions that are supposed to satisfy everyone’s appetite for diversity, not harbingers of an ever-developing readership which publishers and retailers ignore at their peril. It may well be the case that DC tried too hard and spent too much on both an attempt to capture that readership (with the “DC You” books) and keep hold of its lifers (with Convergence and its tie-ins), and now it’s literally paying the price.

Still, I can’t imagine that the only lesson learned from the past several months is never to try. A good bit of the storylines discussed herein are no longer controlling (thanks to the New 52 relaunch) or, at worst, are best left forgotten. Some were born out of boredom (“let’s just kill him”), office politics, and/or avarice. However, with the benefit of hindsight and the convenience of back issues, we might look back at some today and see genuine epics, or at least stories that come close. An extended storyline that really does put the characters through the wringer and advances their development without long-term damage can be a very satisfying read, both as it unfolds and after it’s done. Marv Wolfman and Eduardo Baretto did it with their New Teen Titans saga, the Superman books did it with “Reign of the Supermen,” and the Bat-handlers did it with “No Man’s Land.”

We’ve all got our favorites (and not-so-favorites). Maybe some of us have even been learning to appreciate the new takes on Black Canary, Doctor Fate, or even Prez. The professionals’ freedom to try new things, and the readers’ capacity to experience them, can embrace those kinds of changes as well. DC will likely be tempted to go back to the old ways of keeping readers interested, but it shouldn’t dismiss the power of a new perspective.

Tagged: Alfred Pennyworth, Batman, comic books, DC Comics, green lantern, grumpy old fan, Marv Wolfman, new teen titans, Nightwing, robin, superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman

August 27, 2015

Se regarder dans les yeux pendant 10 minutes, les mêmes effets que le LSD ?

Vous-êtes vous déjà perdus dans le regard de quelqu’un ? Les plus romantiques et mielleux d’entre vous répondront très certainement oui à cette question. Mais vous-êtes vous VRAIMENT plongé dans les yeux de quelqu’un, au point d’en venir à pleurer, rire, ou carrément avoir des hallucinations ? C’est déjà beaucoup moins probable. Il y avait une vingtaine d’années, un psychologue américain du nom d’Arthur Aron publiait les résultats d’une étude visant à montrer les effets puissants que pouvait avoir un regard prolongé. Et bien aujourd’hui, le scientifique italien Giovanni Caputo, de l’université d’Urbino, va plus loin : regarder quelqu’un dans les yeux pendant une dizaine de minutes pourrait provoquer des effets psychologiques similaires à ceux constatés lors d’une prise de LSD ! Risquerait-on nous aussi de tenter de tuer la Lune, du coup ?

Afin de parvenir à ces conclusions, le chercheur transalpin aurait simplement réquisitionné une quarantaine de jeunes adultes afin qu’ils se regardent dans le blanc des yeux pendant environ 10 minutes, dans des conditions bien spécifiques : une salle mal éclairée, une distance d’un mètre entre chaque personne… Et bien croyez-le ou non, mais des hallucinations plus ou moins violentes ont été constatées chez une grande partie des participants ! 75% affirment avoir eu des visions d’horreur et vu apparaitre des monstres dans leur champ de vision, 90% ont vu le visage de leur partenaire de se déformer, ou se modifier au point d’être remplacé par celui d’un de leurs proches ! Pourtant, la police n’avait pas cette fois-ci drogué tout leur quartier par accident…

Ces symptomes, on les constate notamment en cas de troubles dissociatifs ou lors … de la prise de drogues, le LSD en tête. Une expérience forte, qui n’est pas sans rappeler la performance artistique livrée par Marina Abramovic au Museum of Modern Art de New York en 2010, lorsque l’artiste allemand Ulay – avec qui elle avait partagé sa vie – l’avait rejoint sur scène alors qu’ils ne s’étaient pas revus depuis 23 ans. Du coup, si un jour vous ressentez le besoin de partir loin, oubliez tout ce qui est drogue, sensations fortes et autres activités dangereuses : regardez quelqu’un dans le blanc des yeux, ça ne vous coutera ni la vie, ni votre santé, ni même le moindre centime !

August 27, 2015

New FIS Consumer Banking PACE Index Shines Light on Consumer Banking …

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to consumers worldwide, financial institutions excel at
leveraging digital technology to meet convenience, choice and access
needs of customers, but banks have permission to do more to become
trusted advisors and move the banking relationship beyond transactional
convenience to the center of the consumers’ living experience. In order
to do so, consumers worldwide want to see banks increase performance in
basic banking areas to meet customer expectations and win trust. Those
are just some of the findings of a new in-depth global research study
released by FIS
(NYSE: FIS), a global leader in banking and payments technology as well
as consulting and outsourcing solutions.

Consumer Banking PACE Index
tracks how
financial institutions are performing against customer expectations in
nine different countries: Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, India,
Netherlands, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States using
data compiled from more than 9,000 banking consumers. Commissioned by
FIS, the study was conducted by TNS,
one of the world’s largest independent research agencies.

While some of the results show the industry meeting or exceeding
customer expectations – Canadians, in particular, said banks exceeded
their expectations for convenience and connectivity, for instance – many
of the responses were striking for the opportunities they present for
financial institutions, especially as the trust factor continues to be a
concern for consumers.

Canada Results

Canadian financial institutions finished on the higher end of the PACE
Index, achieving a 76, just four points behind the United States and
seven points shy of overall leader Germany. Part of the reason for the
higher score was respondents’ pleasure with in-person banking support
and product innovation expectations. In fact, three out of four
Canadians reported being satisfied with their bank.

However, respondents also presented Canadian banks with room to grow in
the area of safety and security, two areas of particular importance to
those in the survey and two areas in which perception did not meet

Protecting Personal Information

Security and the protection of personal identity were two of the areas
rated most important by respondents. In both areas, Canadian banks have
opportunities to grow, with those surveyed giving low ratings to their
banks. Slightly less important to respondents, but falling much farther
below the satisfaction line, was fairness, which helped drag down the
country’s overall index score.

Digital payments and In-person Service

Canadian banks scored well when it came to offering digital payments and
providing in-person service. Along with a positive score for the
simplicity of banking, this demonstrates success by banks at meeting
their customers’ needs, although they must improve their advice and
fairness ratings in order to be considered trusted advisors.

Customization and Recognition

Banks in Canada have great opportunities for growth in the areas of
customization and customer recognition. Respondents said they were least
satisfied with the level of customization offered by their banks and by
the rewards they receive for their business.

Global Results

Results of the study show that, worldwide, banked consumers say
financial institutions excel at providing digital access and
convenience. However, in basic banking areas such as fair and
transparent pricing, banks fall below consumer expectations. In fact,
only one in four respondents believes a financial institution meets his
or her needs in these basic trust and relationship areas. In addition,
the study concludes there is great opportunity for banks to win consumer
support by packaging rewards programs with personalized, customized
banking products to meet customer needs.

This suggests that while the financial industry as a whole is
successfully delivering digital access solutions, there are significant
opportunities to reset the foundation for consumer relationships. In
addition, the results indicate financial institutions can forge deeper
relationships via the digital experience by fully leveraging online,
mobile and social platforms to integrate with consumers’ lives through
insight-driven alerts, advisory services, planning tools and more.

“New providers and non-traditional financial institutions continue to
make inroads, particularly amongst younger generations, who studies show
will soon make up the majority of bank revenues,” said Anthony Jabbour,
CEVP, North American Financial Institutions, FIS. “With these
challengers poised to grab customers, financial institutions have the
opportunity to lead with their strengths and re-define advisory
services. Consumers value the banking relationship and banks have a
significant opportunity to be viewed as more than a vehicle for
transactional convenience, but rather a true focal point of consumers’
financial lives.”

The study’s research method was comprised of 1,000 individual consumer
surveys in each focus country. Surveys were conducted online, with
individuals aged 18-75 who have a checking or equivalent account with a
financial institution, and who have financial decision-making authority
within their household.

Questions were designed to minimize cross-cultural biases, where
feasible; for scalar questions, normalization procedures were used in
the analysis to mitigate bias. Surveys also were targeted to meet age
and gender demographics for each country.


FIS is a global leader in banking and payments technology as well as
consulting and outsourcing solutions. With a long history deeply rooted
in the financial services sector, FIS serves more than 14,000
institutions in over 130 countries. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla.,
FIS employs more than 42,000 people worldwide and holds leadership
positions in payment processing and banking solutions. Providing
software, services and outsourcing of the technology that empowers the
financial industry, FIS is a Fortune 500 company and is a member of
Standard Poor’s 500® Index. For more information about
FIS, visit

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and Twitter (@FISGlobal).

August 27, 2015

Eureka Prize honours quantum computing pioneers in their quest for "super …


August 27, 2015 15:45:36

Michelle Simmons

Professor Michelle Simmons has won the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science at the Eureka Awards. (Supplied: UNSW)

A single-atom transistor capable of crunching enormous amounts of data has been recognised as a breakthrough achievement in the prestigious Eureka Prizes.

Sydney’s Professor Michelle Simmons and Associate Professor Michael Biercuk were honoured for their pioneering work in what is tipped to become a multi-billion-dollar industry – the production of an Australian quantum computer.

Every year electronic devices are becoming smaller and faster and the number of components of a silicon chip inside them double about every two years.

With that evolving trend, comes the consequential need for smaller components in each chip.

Professor Simmons predicts that by 2020 the individual components of a silicon chip will be reduced to the size of atoms.

At that scale their behaviour becomes dominated by quantum physics.

Professor Simmons is at the helm of breakthrough Australian research into the future of “super computers” that work on the quantum scale.

As the head of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales, Professor Simmons told ABC 702 Sydney her team’s work to build a quantum computer with silicon would affect every industry in Australia.

“It basically changes things – almost like coming from an abacus to having the calculator,” Professor Simmons said.

“It’s significant change. It would allow us to do things we simply can’t do.

“Some of those things, are things like weather forecasting, drug design and very fast database searching so you can find things instantaneously rather than having to wait for long periods of time.”

Professor Simmons was awarded the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science at the Eureka Awards ceremony at the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday night.

The citation for the award paid tribute to her “leadership, passion, commitment and energy devoted to advancing the field of quantum computing”.

Sixteen winners were announced at the prestigious awards, affectionately known as the Oscars of the Australian science world.

The world of quantum computing has been slow burning throughout the past decade.

Professor Simmons’ team has built the world’s smallest transistor from a single atom and the world’s smallest silicon wires – 1,000 times narrower than a human hair.

“We’re trying to build the new hardware of computing of the future,” she said.

She said conventional computers carried out calculations one after the other, while a quantum computer could do them in parallel.

“It will allow us to do calculations we simply can’t do with our classic computer…It’s a massive shift, something that people are predicting is going to completely change computing.”

The push for ‘super computers’ continues

Experts say functioning quantum computers are about a decade away, but Associate Professor Michael Biercuk is leading the push to bring forward the game-changing technology.

For contributions at the leading edge of quantum science research, Associate Professor Biercuk has been awarded the Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

A particular quantum computing roadblock has been the systems’ vulnerability, with even tiny environmental fluctuations corrupting the stored information.

Associate Professor Biercuk and his colleagues developed a method of error suppression that has been described as quantum computing’s ‘Rosetta Stone’ for the transformational effect it will have on the field.

Utilising quantum effects on trapped ions, Associate Professor Biercuk set the record for the smallest force ever measured: at the level of yoctoNewtons, or a million-million-billion times smaller than the force of a feather pressing down on a table.

The technology has potential for mining exploration.

Using quantum simulation, he is also looking for the key to room-temperature superconductivity.

Among other applications this has the potential to eliminate the significant losses of transmitting electricity, which in Australia consumes 6 or 7 per cent of electricity generated.






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August 27, 2015 15:32:21

August 27, 2015

Quantum Break s’empare du temps sur XBox One

Quantum Break XBox One - banniere

Quantum Break XBox One – bannière




Quantum Break XBox One - poster

Quantum Break XBox One – poster

Nous le savons, la guerre des consoles fait rage et c’est souvent à grands coups d’exclusivités que les fabricants s’affrontent. Durant sa conférence à la Gamescom 2015, Microsoft a secoué son assistance avec Quantum Break, lauréat du prix des meilleurs graphismes en temps réel au SIGGRAPH 2015.


Dans ce jeu d’action à la troisième personne, nous incarnons Jack Joyce, survivant d’une expérience quantique qui a mal tourné et sauveur d’un monde qui compte ses heures : le temps va s’arrêter pour de bon. Doté de ce pouvoir de l’arrêter justement, Jack fait face à Paul Serene, le méchant du jeu ayant le don de voir le futur, et qui, au lieu de prévenir la fin des temps, fait tout pour la rendre possible.


Outre l’armement sur lequel vous pourrez mettre la main au fil du jeu, ce sont surtout les pouvoirs de Jack qui feront la différence. Le Time Stop permet d’arrêter le temps pour une durée limitée. On pourra, par exemple, contourner l’adversaire et le prendre à revers. Le Time Dodge est une sorte d’onde de choc qui balaye l’ennemi. Parmi les pouvoirs plus défensifs, le Time Shield consiste à créer un bouclier de protection et le Time Rush permet de vous déplacer plus rapidement.


Quantum Break XBox One

Quantum Break XBox One

Les phases d’exploration se révèlent assez classiques (utiliser la bonne compétence au bon moment) mais durant les combats, la palette de pouvoirs et leurs spécificités (usage, temps de rechargement) nous force à redoubler d’imagination. Effets de distorsions temporelles, gunfights et pyrotechnie, Quantum Break promet un grand spectacle à la manière d’une superproduction hollywoodienne.


D’ailleurs plusieurs stars du grand et du petit écran ont prêté leurs visages pour le jeu. À commencer par Shawn Ashmore (Iceberg dans la première trilogie X-Men), qui campe le rôle principal de Jack. Pour le machiavélique Paul, les développeurs se sont offerts les services d’Aiden Gillen alias Little Finger dans GAME OF THRONES (nos critiques saisons 1 et 2, 3, 5) ! Sont également crédités, Lance Reddick (Fringe), Dominic Monaghan (hobbit dans Le Seigneur des Anneaux et rockstar déchue dans Lost), Amelia Rose Blaire (TRUE BLOOD – notre critique de la saison intégrale) et Marshal Allman (Prison Break). Des acteurs que nous retrouverons également dans une série associée de 4 épisodes de 22 minutes déblocables après chaque chapitre, dans laquelle certains évènements in game seront vécus à travers un point de vue différent (celui des ennemis).


La grande originalité du concept, tourné en 1080p natif et en 30 images par seconde, est que la narration de l’épisode découle directement de vos choix pendant la partie. Une idée qui peut rallonger la durée de vie de ce jeu auquel on risque de rejouer pour voir toutes les possibilités scénaristiques.

Ce titre exclusif Xbox One est signé par le studio finlandais Remedy, créateur de licences à succès comme le magnifique Alan Wake mais surtout Max Payne et son Bullet Time qui défiait déjà les règles du temps !


Voici ci-dessous les vidéos et photos référentes et rendez-vous le 5 avril 2016 pour « faire mumuse » avec le temps!



Sylvain Lecointe



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August 27, 2015

Atom-interferometry constraints on dark energy


If dark energy, which drives the accelerated expansion of the universe, consists of a light scalar field, it might be detectable
as a “fifth force” between normal-matter objects, in potential conflict with precision tests of gravity. Chameleon fields
and other theories with screening mechanisms, however, can evade these tests by suppressing the forces in regions of high
density, such as the laboratory. Using a cesium matter-wave interferometer near a spherical mass in an ultrahigh-vacuum chamber,
we reduced the screening mechanism by probing the field with individual atoms rather than with bulk matter. We thereby constrained
a wide class of dark energy theories, including a range of chameleon and other theories that reproduce the observed cosmic

August 27, 2015

Community Calendar: Thursday, August 27 – Wednesday, September 2

Events Entertainment 

Thursday 27
• 9 a.m.-noon Summer Science Tour: ‘The Buzz About Bees’ with Dr. Jane Oglivie.
• 2 p.m. Novel Tea to discuss Soldier Girls at the Old Rock Library.
• 5-6:30 p.m. CB Chamber’s Business After Hours Mixer at the new Gothic Community Center. 349-6438.
• 7 p.m. Dawne Belloise and Chuck Grossman play at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 10 p.m. Karaoke upstairs in the Sky Bar at the Talk of the Town.

Friday 28
• 4-7 p.m. Chuck Grossman plays at Butte 66.
• 7 p.m. Evelyn Roper plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 or 8 p.m. (dusk) Old Rock Library’s Outdoor Movie Series showing The Princess Bride.
• 10 p.m. Red Light Rodeo plays at the Eldo.

Saturday 29
• 8:30 a.m. The Crested Butte Mountain Runners hosts a run on the Teocalli Ridge Trail. Meet at the junction of Brush Creek and West Brush Creek Roads. 349-5326.
• 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Soccer Carnival at Crested Butte Town Park.
• noon til after dark The First Annual Zane Mason Quantum Ninja Memorial and Fundraiser Party at Lake Irwin.
• 6:30 p.m. Rachel VanSlyke plays at The Sunflower.
• 7 p.m. Still Speaking Ensemble presents “In a Different Way” at UCC. 349-6405.
• 7 p.m. Craig McLaughlin plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 10 p.m. Gun Rack plays at the Eldo.

Sunday 30
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Crested Butte Farmers Market on Elk Avenue.
• 11:30 a.m. Rachel VanSlyke plays at Coal Creek Grill.
• 2-6 p.m. Local mycologist Kira Taylor will give a quick lesson and short hike to discover Colorado fungi. Begins at Elk Ave. garden in downtown CB.
• 3-7 p.m. Happy Hour Sundays with Chuck Grossman at the Eldo.
• 4 p.m. Gunnison Valley Roller Girls will host the U-Valley Vixens at Big Mine Park. Free.
• 7 p.m. Douglas Franciso plays at the Princess Wine Bar.

Monday 31
• 6 p.m. Chefs on the Edge at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 6-8 p.m. “Leadership Legacy” with Fara Tolno at the University Center Ballroom at WSCU.
• 7 p.m. Doug Scharnberg plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 8 p.m. Shannon Stichter hosts Open Mic Night at Pitas in Paradise.

Tuesday 1
• 8-8:45 a.m. ELDOA – postures that target specific joints to provide lasting relief from pain and restore balance at the gym. 214-707-0703.
• 7 p.m. Dawne Belloise and Chuck Grossman play at the Princess Wine Bar.

Wednesday 2
• 6-7:30 p.m. Open House for the new Center for the Arts building plans.
• 7 p.m. Rachel VanSlyke plays at the Princess Wine Bar.
• 7:30 p.m. Pool Tournament upstairs at the Talk of the Town.

Kids Calendar

• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

• 11 a.m. Big Kids Storytime for ages 3 and up and Old Rock Library.

• 4 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.
• 4:45 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for juniors at Town Hall. 349-7752.
tuesday 1
• 11 a.m. Romp and Rhyme Storytime for families and kids of all ages at Old Rock Library.
• 3-8 p.m. Youth Gymnastics, Jerry’s Gym at Town Hall 349-5338.

• 11 a.m. Babies and Toddlers Storytime at Old Rock Library.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids at Town Hall. 349-7752.

• 6-6:45 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-8:15 a.m. Ashtanga Yoga – All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8 a.m. Ecumenical Meditation at UCC.
• 8:30 a.m. Women’s book discussion group at UCC.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Crested Butte with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Meet at museum. 349-1880.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County Branch Office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices.
• 10 a.m. Mothering Support Group at Oh Be Joyful Church. (Last Thursday of every month.)
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• noon All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Church Community Healing Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• noon CORE Stability. 970-901-4413.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Garage open, free clothing and bedding. 310 Belleview.
• 4:30-6 p.m. Crested Butte Community Food Bank open at Oh Be Joyful Church (First Thursday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Services at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Slow Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. CORE studio above A Daily Dose.
• 5:45 p.m. Werk It Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-8 p.m. Adult outdoor pick-up soccer in Town Park. 349-5338.
• 6:30 p.m. AA Open Meditation at UCC.
• 7 p.m. Women Supporting Women Group Discussion at the Nordic Inn.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30 a.m. Alanon at UCC Parlour (in back). 349-6482.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 9 a.m. Juliette’s Balance Barre at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m.-noon Open Wheel Throwing at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Kundalini Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• noon-1:15 p.m. Restorative Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon Metabolic Blast at CORE. 970-901-4413.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30-6:15 p.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Pick-Up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 6-7 p.m. Poi Playshop at the Pump Room.
• 6:15-7 p.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.

• 7:30 a.m. Open AA at UCC.
• 8 a.m. Indoor Biking Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Community Yoga at the Sanctuary Yoga Pilates Studio, Gunnison.
• 9:15 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 10:30 a.m. Hip Hop Community Dance Class at the Pump Room (above Fire House on 3rd Maroon). 415-225-5300.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• 4-5 p.m. Family Salsa with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Salsa for Beginners with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8-9:30 p.m.  Intermediate Salsa with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.

• 7-8 a.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 8:30 a.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 9 a.m. Worship Service at UCC Church.
• 9-10:15 a.m. Easy flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9:30-11 a.m. Community Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vinotok Costume Making at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. 349-7044.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• 5-6 p.m. All Saints in the Mountain Episcopal Eucharist at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church. 349-9371.
• 5-6:30 p.m. Drum Workshop with Fara Tolno at the Crested Butte School of Dance Pump Room.
• 5-7 p.m. Pick-Up Adult Basketball. HS Gym, CBCS.
• 6 p.m. AA meets at UCC.
• 6:30 p.m. Duplicate Bridge at UCC. Call 349-9296.
• 6:30-7:30 p.m. Guided Meditation – All levels. By donation. 308 3rd St., CB. 518-423-1414.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Dance Workshop with Fara Tolno at the Crested Butte School of Dance, Pump Room.
• 7 p.m. Gamblers Anonymous meets at the Last Resort.

• 6:30 a.m. Strength and Conditioning with Janae or Pip at CORE. 901-4413.
• 7 a.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:30-9:45 a.m. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Core Power Yoga Class at the Pump Room.
• 8:45 a.m. Pilates at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 10-11:15 a.m. Ayuryoga – Yoga Rejuvination. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• noon-1 p.m. Yoga Therapeutics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 12:30 p.m. ACBL Sanctioned Open Bridge Game. 349-5535.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 5 p.m. Mothering Support Group at the GVH Education House, 300 East Denver St. (First Monday of every month.)
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Circuit with Ginny and Jess at CORE. 901-4413.
• 5:30-7 p.m. Moms in Motion class at the GVH rehab gym.
• 7:30 p.m. Open AA at UCC. 349-5711.
• 7:30 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous meets at 114 N. Wisconsin St. in Gunnison.

• 7 a.m. The Whatever Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7-8:15 a.m. Ashtanga Yoga. All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 7:30 a.m. AA/Alanon Open at UCC. 349-5711.
• 8:30-9:15 a.m. Aerial Conditioning with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45-10 a.m. Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9 a.m. Guided Walking Tour of Crested Butte with the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Meet at museum. 349-1880.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Gunnison County branch office is open at the Crested Butte Town Offices, 507 Maroon Ave.
• 9:15-10 a.m. Open Aerial Dance with the Dance Collective at the Center for the Arts. 349-7487.
• 10:30-11:45 a.m. Yoga Basics at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• 11:30 a.m. League of Women Voters meeting at 210 W. Spencer in Gunnison.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon AA Closed at UCC.
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. Music Dept. Convocation in the Aspinall-Wilson building at WSCU.
• 2-4 p.m. Tech Tuesdays at Old Rock Library. 349-6535.
• 5:15 p.m. RedCord suspension class at Western Pilates Studio in Crested Butte. 596-1714.
• 5:30 p.m. Communion Service at Queen of All Saints Church.
• 5:30 p.m. Beading Class at Pema Dawa: Fancy Sprial Earrings or Pendants. 349-7563.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Easy Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 5:30-6:45 p.m. Sports Restorative Yoga – All levels. CORE Studio above A Daily Dose.
• 5:45 p.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6-7 p.m. Community Connection Night at UCC Parlour.
• 6-7:15 p.m. Celebrate Recovery upstairs at Oh Be Joyful Church. 970-596-3846.
• 6-7:30 p.m. Dance Workshop with Fara Tolno in the University Center South Ballroom at WSCU.
• 6-8 p.m. Adult outdoor pick-up soccer in Town Park. 349-5338.
• 6-9 p.m. Vinotok Mask Making at the Art Studio of the Center for the Arts. $35 includes all materials. 349-7044.
• 7-8 p.m. Meditation at Yoga for the Peaceful, by donation.
• 7-8:30 p.m. Blessing Way Circle support group at Sopris Women’s Clinic. 720-217-3843.
• 7-9 p.m. Pick-up adult Karate, Fitness Room at Town Hall.
• 7:30-9 p.m. Drum Workshop with Fara Tolno in the Univesity Center South Ballroom at WSCU.
• 7:45-9:45 p.m. Drop-In Adult Volleyball, CBCS MS Gym.

• 6:30 a.m. All Levels Yoga Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 7:30 a.m. Rotary meeting at the Grand Lodge.
• 7:30-8:45 a.m. Hatha Yoga. All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 8 a.m. Circuit Cycling at the Gym. 349-2588.
• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Worship Service at Oh-Be-Joyful Church.
• 8:45 a.m. Mat Mix at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 9-10:30 a.m. Prana Vinyasa at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Two Buttes Senior Citizens van transportation. Roundtrip to Gunnison. 275-4768.
• 11-11:30 a.m. Free guided tours of RMBL.
• 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch Break Yoga – All Levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• noon Closed AA at UCC.
• noon-1 p.m. Easy Flow at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 4-8 p.m. Soo Bahk Do classes for kids and adults. 349-7752.
• 4 p.m. Water Warriors – Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at the Old Rock Library.
• 5 p.m. Mass at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.
• 5-6:30 p.m. Drum Workshop with Fara Tolno at the Gunnison Art Center.
• 5:30 p.m. Prenatal Yoga class in Crested Butte South. 349-1209.
• 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp Class at The Gym. 349-2588.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Prana Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful.
• 6:30-7:45 p.m. Restorative Yin Yoga Nidra – All levels. Town Hall Fitness Room.
• 6:30-8 p.m. Dance Workshop with Fara Tolno at the Gunnison Art Center.
• 7-9 p.m. “GriefShare,” a grief recovery seminar and support group, meets at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 711 N. Main St., Gunnison. 970-349-7769.

August 26, 2015

Can India’s Land of Former Headhunters Make Peace?

When I arrived at the village, a little boy listening to Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” on a tinny cell phone took me to meet Khaopa’s son, Aloh Ngowang, who’s the current chieftain. He was boiling a pot of larvae, a local snack, over an open fire. “My father,” he said, “always believed he should defend our traditions to the death.”