Brian Eno Releases 21-Minute Ambient Track From Upcoming Album [Listen]

first_imgBrian Eno has released the first track to his upcoming album, The Ship. The 21-minute title track features Eno in his typical state of sound exploration, creating a hauntingly ambient landscape.The electronic pioneer explained the song: “The Ship started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C – which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song…a type I’ve never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind.”He continues, “On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space.”The album, which also features a cover of the Velvet Underground‘s “I’m Set Free” is available for pre-order at Eno’s website, which you can check out here. The Ship will be available via Warp on April 29th.[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Poinsettia care

first_imgPoinsettias are the best selling potted plant in the United States, with 34.7 million plants being produced in 2011 alone. Unfortunately, popularity doesn’t always guarantee survival. Come February or March, many of these cheery decorative Christmas gifts are droopy, yellowed or worse — in the trash. Poinsettia plants can last for years if they are treated right, said Paul Thomas, professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Poinsettias come in several colors, including scarlet, ivory, pink and mauve. The colorful part that we might consider the poinsettia flower is actually a collection of colored leaves called bracts. The plants true flower is the tiny yellow bloom in the middle of the bract called a cyathia. To have the best chance of surviving past the holidays, poinsettias need to be healthy and strong before you bring them home. Thomas recommends purchasing poinsettias from a florist’s shop or nursery to get the best quality plants. Before you buy a poinsettia inspect it to make sure it has strong, sturdy stems, dense foliage all the way down its stems, that its bracts have no blemishes and its small yellow flowers have just barely opened. You can also carefully remove the plant from its pot to inspect the plant’s root system. If the plant has just a few roots or lots of dark brown roots, don’t buy it. Healthy poinsettias have plenty of tan and white roots. Basic poinsettia care These plants are susceptible to root rot, so don’t overwater them or let them sit in water filled saucers. The holiday foil that florists wrap around some poinsettia pots can trap water in the pot, so it’s best to remove it. Only water when the soil surface feels dry, and just water them until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Since the plants are native to Mexico, they prefer at least six hours of bright light a day and temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees. However, they can spend a few weeks on a fireplace hearth or in the shade of a Christmas tree with the proper care. “During the holidays, you can place poinsettias just about anywhere to liven things up,” Thomas said. “They’ll last about three weeks in fairly dark places. “While it’s in the dark, water only when the soil is dry. And don’t fertilize it. Overwatering or fertilizing your poinsettia during the holidays when it is in dark conditions is the most common cause of rapid death.” After the holidaysWhile your cleaning up after the holidays, move your poinsettia to a sunny window and apply a little houseplant fertilizer. “The bracts may begin to fall off fast,” Thomas said. “This is normal. If they last until March, your poinsettia was very happy where you put it.” In April cut the plant back to about 10 inches or until there are four to six nodes of the stem above the soil. “At this point, the poinsettia can be grown outdoors in full sun,” Thomas said. “If watered and fertilized, poinsettias will grow great outdoors. Trim them in June and plant them in 1-gallon pots or large indoor planters.” An outdoor poinsettia needs to be fertilized every week with a basic houseplant fertilizer during the spring and summer. “If watered and fertilized properly, poinsettias will grow quite large, as high and wide as 5 feet,” Thomas said. To force your repotted poinsettia to bloom, cover the plant after 6 p.m. starting September 22 and uncover it at 7 a.m. Do this until about November 10. This process will trigger the poinsettia to make new colorful bracts and flowers just in time for the holidays.last_img read more

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Everyone deserves digital . . . right?

first_imgImagine leaving your home early, wearing a face mask and gloves as you head to your local credit union branch. Upon arrival, you see your fellow members wearing their own PPE and standing six-feet apart to keep a safe distance next to a red hashmark on the sidewalk,  while waiting their turn to be called forward to access their accounts and services.This is the reality for many of the Caribbean’s credit unions, where approximately 80% operate without digitization. With a national emergency declared in many of the nations throughout the region, many credit unions have only been allowed to be open two days a week for a limited number of hours per day. Too many members standing in line waiting are seeing their credit union branches close before they can even get in, putting an additional layer of stress on the daily challenges they face.Members waiting to enter their credit union in Antigua. (Note the red social distancing hash marks they are standing by.) Photo courtesy of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU).Millions of credit union members worldwide are facing similar barriers. A lack of digitization touches not only credit unions, but national associations as well. In Ukraine, the entire credit union system was closed for weeks before reopening due to an exceptional advocacy effort. But the work there continues, with efforts to provide PPE supplies to each credit union in order to assure safe member service.In Asia, credit union staff are meeting members where they are—out in the street—and providing them with cash withdrawals or loans to help them get by.But imagine for a moment a credit union movement that is fully digitized. Members are staying safe in the comfort of their own home, accessing services and staff online or via a mobile app. Staff can serve members and work with their colleagues in a safe, secure way.In the context of COVID-19, the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions and World Council of Credit Unions has shined a stronger spotlight on accelerating digital transformation of credit unions everywhere. Digital is no longer seen as a convenience. It is a necessity to maintain staff and member safety while keeping credit union doors open.The Everyone Deserves Digital campaign was created to generate stronger awareness for and provide support to global credit union digitization. Connected to World Council’s Challenge 2025: the global digitization of credit unions, the campaign supports the growth and creation of development projects that focus on digitizing credit unions and providing digital tools to members.There are over 85,400 credit unions worldwide, yet far from all of them provide digital services to their members. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that digital transformation of the front-end member experience and back-end office operations is vital for the survival of credit unions and our movement.Shouldn’t digital services be considered a universal membership right as well as a tool to keep everyone connected with a credit union in a safe and secure way? We think so. Join us in this global effort to strengthen and sustain credit unions worldwide ahead the next global crisis.A Member waiting to enter their credit union in the Caribbean. Photo courtesy of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU). 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Reuter Mike Reuter is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, the 501c3 charitable nonprofit that supports the World Council of Credit Unions in its mission of providing … Web: https://www.woccu.org Detailslast_img read more

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