This Amazing Animated Film Is Packed With Phish, Bowie & Star Wars References

first_imgGearing up for Summer Tour, fellow Phish fan Nick Setteducato has shared an animated music video called “2016: A Space Oddity,” featuring hundreds of Phish references, as well as references to David Bowie, Star Wars, and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The five-minute video follows a characterized Jon Fishman as he launches off to space with purpose of destroying an incoming asteroid. He ends up getting lost in battle versus a puppy-led alien spaceship, and ultimately lands himself in Mike Gordon‘s cereal bowl.While the four members are not necessarily playing themselves in the short film, the stop-motion video entertains on several levels and is worth watching below:Setteducato’s production follows his 2014 project, Flight Of The Mockingbird, which you can also watch below:You can follow his creations on Lucy’s Place Productions Facebook page, where he shares updates on his projects. He also encourages fans to donate to the Mockingbird Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.JamBase sat down with Setteducato to talk about how he became inspired to work on this Phish-centered universe. “The video I made back in 2014, Flight of the Mockingbird, was just a fun way for me to learn the process of making a short stop-motion video, and to combine that with my unhealthy Phish obsession,” he explains. “This new video is really just an extension of that. I was very encouraged by the positive response to that first video, so I thought I’d try something a little more ambitious for the next one. I settled on this idea of an absurd, surreal, space adventure inspired by episodes of the great ’60s British TV series Thunderbirds, and set to a short, upbeat instrumental track. The ideas just flowed from there. Maybe another Phish song? Maybe a killer asteroid or a wormhole, and a “Big Black Furry Creature From Mars”? Maybe Fishman is the pilot, and maybe he ends up in a giant bowl of cereal? You know, the usual stuff… Also, my dog Otis Redding makes a cameo as the alien.”What an incredibly artistic way to spend your free time![via JamBase]last_img read more

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Don’t share products, share stories!

first_imgIn today’s digital age, consumers use on average 8.9 sources of information when making banking purchase decisions. But what is still their most influential source?… Human interactions, including talking in person with a financial representatives and referrals from friends and family.Members and potential new members don’t want to be sold to, they want to build relationships with people, they want to connect with friends and family. And Credit Unions can have a place in this kind of interaction, through storytelling.Telling your member’s stories is critical to the future of your Credit Union growth strategy! What really impacts new member behavior is when a member shares a debt consolidation or bankruptcy nightmare that the Credit Union helped them solve. Or the college loan that came through when they thought they were out of options.These are the stories we hear every single day working with Credit Union staff, and these stories need to be told more often! continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Texas Man Could Be Innocent After a Computer Algorithm Links DNA to a New Suspect

first_imgNearly a decade into his life sentence for murder, Lydell Grant was released from a Texas prison on bond thanks to a new computer software program that identified the real source of a mixture of DNA.Thanks to the computer analysis, Grant, 42, the judge recommended in December that Texas’ highest criminal court vacate his conviction. His attorneys are hopeful a ruling is made in the coming weeks.For Grant’s exoneration hinged on the DNA evidence being sorted out by a new computer algorithm, which reanalyzed the unidentified DNA which led to the discovery of a new suspect, who has been charged after police said he confessed.At Grant’s trial in 2012, prosecutors centered their case on the eyewitness testimony — a practice that the Innocence Project argues plays a major role in defendants’ being wrongfully accused. In addition, jurors heard about DNA collected from fingernail scrapings from the victim’s right hand. The DNA was actually a mixture of two people: the victim and a second male profile.Houston’s police crime lab could not conclude that the other DNA was Grant’s, but the state’s expert’s testimony suggested to the jury that it “could not be excluded.”Jurors also heard from Grant’s alibi witness, who said he was with Grant on the night of the murder, but his testimony failed to sway them, court documents show.Grant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder. From his jail cell in Harris County, he began writing to anyone he thought could help including the Innocence Project who contacted DNA expert Angie Ambers, an associate professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.Ambers was familiar with a type of DNA technology known as “probabilistic genotyping.”Ambers learned of one such software program created by Cybergenetics, a small company in Pittsburgh that had analyzed DNA samples from unidentified victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.It was worth a shot: Ware requested the raw DNA data from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and then it was shared with Cybergenetics and run through its program, TrueAllele. (The name is a play on the word that signifies the different forms a person’s genes can take.)The company offered a free preliminary screening, and the software did what a human could not do: determine that Grant’s DNA did not match that of the unknown male profile.Ambers had a hunch that something was off when she first reviewed the case because a large number of alleles present in the DNA mixture were inconsistent with Scheerhoorn’s or Grant’s profiles. But she said TrueAllele’s discovery alone wouldn’t guarantee that Grant would be cleared of a crime because he was convicted by a jury.Typically, federal, state and local law enforcement and government crime labs can upload an unknown profile into the database and compare it for a possible match against that of one of the more than 14 million convicted criminals and those arrested already in the system. The process, for instance, can help authorities link crimes from several scenes to a single person.The South Carolina crime lab’s search resulted in a hit. The DNA profile belonged to a man in Atlanta named Jermarico Carter, who police say left Houston shortly after the murder. Carter also has a lengthy criminal record, and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement in December that he confessed to the killing.Acevedo at the time also issued a rare apology to Grant and his family, “as they have waited for justice all these years.”last_img read more

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Lacey Seeks Public Input For Planning New Museum Facility

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0LACEY, WA, April 6, 2012: The City of Lacey Historical Commission is inviting members ofthe public to share ideas for a new museum facility that will be dedicated in 2016, marking Lacey’s 125 years as an established community and 50 years of incorporation. The new museum, which will be reminiscent of the city’s original 1890’s train depot, will be located adjacent to the Lacey Woodland Trail near Clearbrook Drive.The city will hold a series of design workshops at various stages of the planning process. The first workshop, on Saturday, April 14, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., will be a general brainstorming session, with additional workshops held on April 28 and May 5 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to refine alternative design concepts and identify preferred solutions. The sessions will be facilitated by MerrittArch, an architectural firm with extensive experience in museum facility planning and design.Participants can attend any or all of the workshops, which will be held in the City Council Chambers at Lacey City Hall, 420 College Street SE. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact Amber Raney, Lacey Museum Curator, at [email protected] or (360) 413-3557.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 2015

first_imgBRONZO IN FIRST START SINCE BREEDERS’ CUPUNBLUNTED GETS ANOTHER CHANCE IN SHAMPERDOMO WINNING AGAIN IN NATIVE URUGUAYCALIFORNIA CHROME HONORED ON SATURDAY -30- Flavien Prat1230225%$80,100 PICO PERDOMO WINNING RACES IN URUGUAYFormer Southern California-based trainer Pico Perdomo, who returned to his native Uruguay in 2012, is once again winning races.Perdomo, 72, won Uruguay’s biggest race for the second year in a row Tuesday night, the Group I Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez, with a Brazilian-bred colt named Hielo.Perdomo’s second entry in the race, All Saints, finished fourth in a field of 15 in the mile and one half dirt race run at Montevideo’s Maronas racetrack.Perdomo, who trained 2001 Eclipse Award-winning older mare Gourmet Girl, and was also associated with stakes winners Blue Eyed Davey and Stalwart Charger, suffered a heart attack five years ago while training in Saudi Arabia. After coming back to California to recuperate, he decided to return to Uruguay, which he had left in 1969 following a successful career as a jockey.“I’m happy and I’m home,” said Perdomo following his win Tuesday. “I’m more relaxed. I miss America a lot. I miss my friends. ‘Hello’ to my guys at Santa Anita, especially (trainer) Henry Moreno, the old-timer. I have many friends over there. Henry Moreno is a character I’ve known a long time, and I love that guy.”Perdomo currently has 50 horses in training. “For and old man, it’s a lot,” he said. Philip D’Amato1423214%$98,160 Victor Espinoza2944214%$314,740 Drayden Van Dyke383368%$207,606 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller2453321%$304,326 Carla Gaines1432021%$175,155 George Papaprodromou1022220%$72,670 Mark Casse1733218%$237,700 Joseph Talamo4358512%$378,538 Elvis Trujillo3554414%$324,928 Mike Smith2752419%$442,441 Martin Pedroza2943414%$151,530 Jeff Bonde820125%$98,570 Gary Stevens1544227%$201,160 Mark Glatt1633219%$129,416 Corey Nakatani2453321%$243,196 DRYSDALE SADDLES SON OF DERBY WINNER IN SAN PASQUALIf Bronzo performs as well as his sire did in the 2000 Kentucky Derby, Neil Drysdaleshould be a most happy fella on Saturday.Bronzo is one of 11 entered in the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes for older horses at a mile and a sixteenth. The Chilean-bred gelding was sired by Fusaichi Pegasus, who won the 2000 Kentucky Derby under Drysdale’s tutelage. Bronzo will be making his first start since finishing fourth by seven lengths at 23-1 to front-running winner Goldencents in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Oct. 31.“We’ve had him since the Breeders’ Cup,” Drysdale said of the 6-year-old, winnerof 11 of 19 starts in Chile, where he won at distances from six furlongs to 1 3/8 miles.“He ran very well in the Breeders’ Cup, I thought,” Drysdale said. “The track was quite speed conducive. Goldencents set those crazy fractions and kept on going.“The distance should help him. I think the further he goes, the better. He probably wants a mile and quarter. He’s doing well, but this might be a bit short for him.”            The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Quadrivium, Mike Smith, 6-1; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 9-5; Majestic Harbor, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Big Cazanova, Elvis Trujillo, 5-1; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Salto Del Indio, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Mr. Commons, Brice Blanc, 10-1; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Appealing Tale, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; and Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 10-1. Eddie Truman320167%$67,080 Rafael Bejarano451010522%$550,256 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Eurton1842222%$200,200 Kent Desormeaux3263419%$361,528 John Sadler232369%$158,618 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 4) Steven Miyadi420050%$48,980 ‘PEOPLE’S CHOICE’ WINNER ‘CHROME’ HONORED SATURDAYSanta Anita will proudly honor California Chrome as the fifth annual recipient of the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award (the People’s Choice Award) this Saturday.The California Chrome team will be available that day for an autograph session at 11 a.m. in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens. The first 2,000 fans who arrive at the autograph tent will receive a free California Chrome poster, which will be available only at the autograph tent, one per fan, while supplies last.Scheduled to attend the autograph session will be Chrome’s regular rider, Victor Espinoza; his trainer, Art Sherman; and owners/breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin.            California Chrome, who basked in the national spotlight throughout the year after winning the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, was the clear favorite among the record number of voters in the Vox Populi online poll.He was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, owner of beloved Triple Crown champion Secretariat, in whose name she established the award in 2010. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype1521213%$88,030 FINISH LINES: January birthday boys: Roger Stein, 61 on Jan. 4; Sean McCarthy, 52, Jan. 5; David Bernstein, 75, Jan. 6; Mark Glatt, 42 today; and Bob Baffert, 62 on Jan. 13 . . . Mike Machowsky hopes to get Caracortado back to the races by the end of this meet. “I patched a quarter crack,” the trainer said, referring to the right front foot that has plagued Caracortado for years. “I have to let the foot grow out, but you could see him here if we get lucky.” . . . Ken Ially, who cashed a $98,000 winning Early Pick 4 ticket Saturday on a $48 investment, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest at Saturday’s seminar in the East Paddock Gardens. Sunday, HRTV host/analyst Scott Hazelton will do the honors, each day at 11:20 a.m. Tyler Baze5062812%$372,608 FRESH START FOR UNBLUNTED IN SHAM STAKES      Unblunted broke his maiden impressively at Santa Anita last Oct. 18, winning by nearlythree lengths going seven furlongs against nine rivals.Next out at Golden Gate, the son of Sharp Humor stalked the pace before finishing fifth by 3 ½ lengths in the Gold Rush Stakes at one mile. Trainer Mike McCarthy is inclined to disregard that race as he sends the bay colt out for Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile.“He was wide into the first turn, wide up the backside and things never panned out like we hoped,” said the former assistant to Todd Pletcher, who trains Unblunted for former jockey agent Nick Cosato, campaigning as Slam Dunk Racing.“We’ll draw a line through it and start again here on Saturday.”The field for the Sham, which goes as race six: St. Joe Bay, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Pioneerof the West, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Rockinatten, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Unblunted, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Rock Shandy, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Papacoolpapacool, Fernando Perez, 8-1; Calculator, Elvis Trujillo, 8-5; and Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 4-1. Robertino Diodoro721129%$34,250 Jerry Hollendorfer3065420%$684,002last_img read more

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