Though Frank Zappa has been gone for over 20 years, it’s no surprise that fans continue to find meaning in his work. The songwriter was ahead of his time, fusing political satire with an incredible level of musicianship. Thus, when an interviewer has the opportunity to chat with someone named Zappa – specifically his daughter Moon Zappa – he naturally has to ask what the virtuoso would think of modern times.In an interview with The Spec centered around the new Eat That Question documentary, there are a lot of “what would Frank think…” type questions to arouse the imagination. First, Moon Zappa likened her father to Jesus in the interview, saying “I’ve definitely always felt the responsibility of growing up with a father of that magnitude — it’s like having Jesus for a dad. You don’t want to misrepresent. There was pressure to be a good person and to uphold the family brand of integrity…”Later on, she was asked about how Zappa would react to the Internet and the age of digital music. She responds generically, saying, “This is a fun topic to put to the masses, because I think even putting it into that form invites people to think for themselves and imagine what Frank would be up to today, in the political landscape and as far as all these technologies go. An invention may get hatched just from posing the question to people speculating!”Naturally, the interviewer presses forward with imagining what Frank Zappa would be up to today, asking her about his potential views on social media. “I’m sure he would have made some collages. I’m sure he would have rejected aspects (of social media). I’m sure he would have explored and mutilated aspects and gone in many, many directions. Think about what he did with the (music censorship) PMRC conversations in Washington and how they became music! He was always synthesizing and integrating the culture around him. He was very, very contemporary in that way.”Finally, the interview concludes with a question about what Zappa would have thought of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Her response is right on the money.“The thing I will say (about Trump) is just because you have no one to answer to, it doesn’t mean that you should be the person to be in charge of things. My father always said respect is something to be earned. It doesn’t matter if you’re the pope or a police officer or a teacher, it has to be earned. And you also have to be reasonable and think of the greatest good for the greatest number of people and to consider differences and really take that seriously. I just don’t see that in Trump.”Too bad we can’t vote for Frank Zappa for President…
Manufacturing & AEC (Architecture, engineering, and construction) have always been extremely innovative sectors – from the development of new, sustainable building materials and tracking sensors in concrete to the design of smart infrastructures to serve communities of the future. Business leaders and engineers in this sector are constantly pushing boundaries and looking to make improvements to their work flows.That hunger for innovation was apparent at Autodesk University 2018 earlier this month. With around 11,000 professionals in attendance and hundreds of workshops, the event was an opportunity for experts across all disciplines to come together to discuss the key challenges affecting the industry. In true engineering style, it was all about developing solutions for current issues but also looking ahead at new trends and opportunities.In addition to showcasing the latest in Dell workstations, rugged devices, and displays, Dell experts were on hand to answer any technology questions, participate in industry panels and host informative classes and presentations. We also partnered with Intel, NVIDIA, HTC, TechViz and AMD to share innovative VR and AR solutions designed to drive collaborative product development and problem-solving without the need for in-person or on-location meetings. Here are some of my key insights from the show:Engineers create that which has never beenRegardless of whether you’re an architect, city planner, engineer or factory floor worker, there’s often pressure to keep pace with shorter development cycles and achieve faster time to market. However, the competitive nature of these industries and the constant focus on driving efficiency doesn’t mean that businesses should only focus on doing the same thing but faster. Innovative processes, solutions and perspectives are key factors in these sectors and customers in these fields recognize you are only as productive as your tools (especially technology) enable you to be.Digging deeper into AIArtificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is not new to those manufacturing or generative engineering, but the exploration of new AI capabilities is ramping up. Everyone recognizes that AI and automation will eliminate the most mundane tasks, freeing IT to think more strategically – the question most businesses are asking is how new AI technologies can be adopted and implemented without causing disruption. Many Dell customers are already reaping the benefits of technology investments into AI, maybe without even realizing it. Dell Precision workstations include the Dell Precision Optimizer software and our Premium version includes Artificial-Intelligence-based software to maximize application performance.The right tools for the job are vitalVirtual prototyping, digital simulations and analysis has become a basic need in this industry, and engineers are vocal about what they need to get the job done, whether it’s fast interactive performance, high powered CPU, or specific GPUs for visualization, or a powerhouse of a workstation that is also light enough to carry into meetings. Our Dell Precision portfolio spans 2-in-1, mobile, tower and rack solutions, certified with key ISV applications and tailored to a diverse range of professional roles, workflows and environments. However, customers are also looking at their broader workstation ecosystem to help drive intuitive and immersive productivity – from Dell’s award-winning displays to Ready for VR devices and the Dell Canvas.Great minds require great machines, and it’s our great honor to power the future of product innovation with the entire Dell suite of powerful, purpose-built technology. We have a broad range of workstations to suit your needs – for help in identifying the ideal system for your workflows, check out our Dell Precision Workstation Advisor tool or speak with one of our dedicated workstation specialists. Learn more at www.Dell.com/workstations.
A summary released last week by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has found that there are dire, unprecedented threats to biodiversity and human survival currently taking place across the globe. The report, which will be released in full later this year, found that approximately 1 million plant and animal species face extinction and that in the last 120 years the number of living land species has decreased by 20 percent. In the water, 40 percent of amphibians and a third of coral species and marine mammals also face extinction. The summary found that the losses are a direct result of human action and threaten the foundations of our economies, food security and quality of life. U.N. report finds unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens humanity The Allegheny Trail Alliance will partner with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to make the Great Allegheny Passage a part of the “Great American” bike route, a cross-country, non-motorized, multi-use path that will eventually span 3,700 miles from the east coast to the west coast of the United States. The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) forms a critical link of the longer route, providing nearly 150 miles of pathway from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburg. The GAP already receives over a million visitors a year and is maintained by residents and volunteers of Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette, Somerset, and Allegany Counties. The “Great American” route is already 50 percent finished. Once completed, it is expected to serve approximately 50 million people that live within 50 miles of the route. University of Georgia sprinter recovering after being impaled with a javelin A sprinter at the University of Georgia was seriously injured during practice last week when he ran into a javelin sticking out of the ground and was impaled. Elija Godwin was running backwards when he collided with the javelin, which pierced his back and punctured and collapsed his left lung. Team trainers responded immediately, applying pressure to the wound. When first responders arrived they used a battery-powered angle grinder to cut the protruding parts of the javelin off so that Godwin could be transported to the hospital. Godwin underwent surgery to repair his lung and is expected to make a full recovery. Allegheny County, Maryland to be a part of the new Great American Rail-Trail
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo May 18, 2018 Naval authorities from Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay increased their level of interoperability with the 2018 Trilateral War Game. Held April 9th–13th, the exercise brought together 21 officers from the three countries at the Naval War College (ESGN, in Spanish) facilities in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “The Trilateral War Game involves conducting military operations in a geographical area where significant naval forces are deployed, under the command of the Security Council of the United Nations and regional agreements,” Argentine Navy Captain Gustavo Principi, head of the ESGN War Games and Courses Field, told Diálogo. Each version of the game simulates an international crisis situation to test cooperation among the navies when facing matters of common interest. “In this 2018 version, the emphasis was on a multinational force engaged in activities such as protecting oil basins, maintaining maritime security against conventional and non-conventional threats, humanitarian aid, and re-establishing normality in a conflict zone,” Captain Rodrigo Metropolo Pace, head of the War Games Center at the Brazilian Navy’s War College, told Diálogo. Fictional country The exercise was based on a fictional South American country located in a region with intensive maritime traffic and a wide array of productive activities. Under this scenario, the country was the focus of additional regional threats related to the plunder of natural resources that damaged oil exploration, and polluted the environment. “These are fictional threats, without any direct relationship to the reality of other countries or existing criminal organizations,” Capt. Pace explained. “What matters for the game is to evaluate the procedures when reacting to threats.” The host country, Argentina, was tasked with preparing documents to describe the characteristics of the area of operations that led to the creation of a multinational naval force made up of the game’s participants. This involved studying memorandums of understanding and resolutions of international organizations. Then, participants were divided into groups with distinct strategic and operational decision-making levels. Each group decided on the movements to be made as the scenario evolved. “The exercise directors analyzed the teams’ responses, and then moved on to the next phase,” Capt. Principi said. Every change to the initial situation had to be analyzed in light of international law, to apply the appropriate laws and conventions related to sea crisis situations. “On the last day, each country presented its conclusions to improve both the interoperability of combined naval forces and mutual trust in terms of international security,” he said. Military and diplomatic exchange According to participants, the Trilateral War Game was an excellent opportunity to train for an eventual combined operation. “It enabled us to become familiar with the laws, doctrines, and restrictions of each country, while operating under the aegis of international agencies,” Capt. Pace said. According to the Brazilian officer, group decisions needed to take each country’s reality, domestic, and international legal instruments into account. “As such, we had productive debates on political, diplomatic, military, and economic issues, seeking both strategic and operational consensus,” Capt. Pace said. Capt. Principi noted the game’s importance for interaction among the naval war colleges of the three South American neighbors. “This type of activity creates a forum for academic dialogue to share ideas and knowledge,” he said. “That strengthens the foundations of mutual understanding among Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay to analyze and resolve international crises, in which the formation of a combined force is a priority.” Useful tool According to Capt. Pace, the Trilateral War Game has another major advantage: it is a low-cost useful tool to train officers on this type of operation. “The exercise enables participating navies to share experiences and bring their service members closer together, strengthening the countries’ bonds of friendship,” he said. “The Brazilian Navy’s participation in this type of event represents an excellent opportunity to train in a multinational force environment consisting of sister navies from the South American continent, becoming familiar with each country’s doctrines, tendencies, and visions,” he added. Uruguayan Navy Captain Alejandro Chucarro also praised the endeavor. “Doctrines among participating navies coincide in some aspects, but they are different. That is why working in these trinational groups opens up the possibility for these types of exchanges,” he said at the inauguration of the event. “The game is very important not only professionally, but also personally, since this exchange among officers at the same hierarchical level allows us to meet people who do similar work,” Capt. Chucarro concluded.
USC baseball stepped up in a 30-inning effort this weekend to take two of three games against the Cal State Northridge Matadors this weekend.“We know we have to play well to win, and I think Northridge is a good team,” USC coach Dan Hubbs said. “They’re scrappy and they play hard to the end so this was a good test for us.”Freshman pitcher Kyle Twomey took the hill on Sunday for the Trojans (4-3), pitching a complete game in only his second collegiate start to lead the team to a 4-2 victory against the Matadors (4-3). Twomey gave up two runs on five hits and three walks and struck out five.Going the distance · With a depleted bullpen, freshman lefthander Kyle Twomey threw a complete game in Sunday’s 4-2 win over CSUN. — Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“Getting to the ninth inning wasn’t really something of my concern,” Twomey said. “As cliche as it sounds, I was trying to take it one inning at a time.”The Trojans gave Twomey the lead early in the second inning when the team put two aboard, setting up freshman designated hitter AJ Ramirez to knock in the first run with an RBI single. The team added another run an inning later when sophomore first baseman Dante Flores brought home redshirt senior centerfielder Greg Zebrack, who led off with a double to deep left field.“If I could keep throwing up zeroes, it would be good,” Twomey said. “I knew every time it was going to get the offense going again, and they picked me up big time.”Twomey was helped in particular by Ramirez, who posted 3-for-4 outing with 2 RBIs and a double.“To see him go out there on the mound and do his thing, the whole field and the whole dugout is 100 percent cheering him on,” Ramirez said. “It’s awesome to watch [Twomey] pitch.”The complete game was pivotal for USC, whose depleted bullpen got a much-needed break after stepping up in consecutive extra-inning games. Hubbs said the extra rest will allow the relievers to be ready going into their next game Tuesday.The first two games of the series were both extra-inning affairs, with the Trojans losing at home in 11 innings on Friday evening but winning on the road in 10 frames on Saturday.USC bested CSUN 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday night, despite squandering a four-run lead in a four-error game that Hubbs called “atrocious.”Despite coming out on top, the Trojans let a four-run lead evaporate in the bottom of the seventh by allowing three unearned runs on sloppy defense. The Matadors added the tying run that knotted the game at five apiece with a squeeze play in the bottom of the ninth.Quelling a late comeback effort from the Matadors, freshman pitcher Sean Adler stepped up with runners at first and second and delivered a two-out save to help the team record the win.The Trojans pieced together their winning rally when freshman right fielder Vahn Bozoian singled to start off the 10th inning, ultimately leading junior Kevin Swick to drive the winning RBI-single through the left side to put USC ahead.The Matadors took game one of the series on Friday night with a couple of big offensive bouts, including a five-run 11th inning that ultimately gave them the 9-4 win.The Trojans missed a series of opportunities, stranding 13 runners and failing to hold on to their two brief leads for more than two innings at a time.After the Matadors broke open the flood gates in the top of the 11th, USC was unable to respond.The bullpen will come off its Sunday rest thanks to Twomey’s spectacular outing and join the rest of the team Tuesday to take on Cal State Long Beach at home for a 6 p.m. game.