NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 21, 2018 – 2:27 pm St. Vincent: Magic Moments Making ‘Masseduction’ The two addressed the new evolution of recording technology that makes it possible to capture great performances wherever they occur. “In these days, there’s not some big chasm between a demo and the final thing,” St. Vincent said. “We all have these democratic tools to make what could be a final version of the song.”They agreed that although a high-end studio can capture better sound, it’s the performance that’s most important. “The fact that I’m able to record myself — we’re all able to record ourselves, at least in an inchoate state — I think it can be very freeing,” St. Vincent shared.”Sometimes the best way to get a great master vocal take is to pretend like it’s the demo,” she added. “There are a number of vocal takes on Masseduction that were scratch vocals.”St. Vincent also spoke about collaborations, and admitted she was in awe of her experience working with GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Jack Antonoff, best known for his work as a member of Fun. While “blue-collar” hours or “bankers hours” in the studio, with strict start and finish times, represent virtuous dedication, Antonoff was an example of how magical creativity cannot be set like a clock or guaranteed to fill an eight-hour shift, she said. According to St. Vincent, he is someone “who can give you the best three hours of your life and then you don’t need the other five because some magic happened in the three.”Elmhirst agreed “100 percent” and shared stories of his own intense, shorter windows of creative productivity. “Things happen in small periods of time,” he said. He shared that taking his dog for a walk can be part of getting prepared for the most creative decision-making while mixing and mastering.Linda Perry Talks Craft, Creativity & Her Biggest Hits In NashvilleRead more News Facebook Twitter Email St. Vincent On Magic Moments Behind ‘Masseduction’ st-vincent-magic-moments-behind-masseduction The GRAMMY winner shared stories of the performances that made the final mixed master of her album ‘Masseduction’ at an exclusive Recording Academy New York Chapter eventPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 21, 2018 – 2:28 pm The Recording Academy New York Chapter and the Producers & Engineers Wing joined forces to host a special Craft Session event at Electric Lady Studios featuring St. Vincent and legendary mixing engineer Tom Elmhirst. In conversation, the singer/songwriter described the magic moments behind her 2017 album Masseduction that Elmhirst helped create at the historic studios, originally built by Jimi Hendrix. St. Vincent On Magic Moments Behind ‘Masseduction’
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the April 9th Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting:#1) SAVE THE DATE. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis to use Rotary Park on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 for a National Night Out celebration.#2) SPECIAL TOWN MEETING SET. With little discussion, Selectmen unanimously closed and signed the Special Town Meeting warrant. The warrant consists of two articles, petitioned by Selectman McCoy and others, and can be read HERE. The Special Town Meeting will take place inside the Annual Town Meeting on May 5, 2018 at approximately 10:45am inside the WHS Auditorium.#3) SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NON-PROFITS. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Fourth of July Committee Chairman Scott Garrant to restrict hawkers/pedlers and transient vendors from conducting business within one-half mile of the Town Common during the Fun on the Fourth celebration. This annual vote is taken to encourage attendees to purchase snacks at the carnival and from the non-profit organization booths in the Food Court.#4) NEW TOWN ELECTION WORKERS. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Town Clerk Sharon George to appoint five new election workers — Phyllis Gorman, David & Susan Reese, Janet Marchiello, and Ruth-Ann Soderholm. These workers will replace election workers that recently stepped down.#5) SELECTMEN ANNUAL REPORT. Chairman Mike Champoux read the Board of Selectmen’s Annual Report, which will be published in the Town’s Annual Report booklet, into the record. Watch the reading HERE at the 7:22-mark. Champoux discusses several big issues, including New England Transrail, Butters Row Bridge, Yentile Farm, Fun on the Fourth, the town’s new Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, affordalbe housing, and more.Aside from the Sciarappa Farm discussion, Wilmington Apple has already covered the other news made at the meeting, including:Selectmen To Create A Town Economic Development CommitteeFree Little Library & Kindness Rock Garden Coming To Rotary ParkPLOT TWIST: Massachusetts Attorney General DELAYS Ruling On Town Meeting Article Relative To Detox Facility ZoningResidents Invited To Informational Forum On Proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement With Analog Devices On April 26The Moving Wall Is Coming To Wilmington This SummerFind Out if YOUR Street Is Scheduled To Get Paved Over The Next 7 MonthsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”
The External Affair’s Minister Sushma Swaraj recently undertook a train journey from Pentrich to Pietermaritzburg – a railway station in South Africa where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a 1st class “Whites-only” compartment, around 125 years ago.Hundreds of metres of Khadi – the hand spun and hand woven signature fabric of India synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi – adorned all the compartments and engine of that train in the commemoration of the peace icon’s expulsion. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFollowing this, Swaraj unveiled the bust by spinning a ‘charkha’ there, which symbolises the production of khadi that was a part of the Civil Disobedient movement. She also inaugurated a two-sided bust of Gandhiji, known as the ‘Birth of Satyagraha’. “These busts will act as a constant reminder to all of mankind of the momentous moral journey that young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi undertook,” she said.Khadi and villages industries commission (KVIC) has gifted the entire fabric to the Indian high commissioner for this occasion. Ruchira Kamboj, Indian high commissioner said that Khadi’ which became Gandhi’s symbol of resistance against colonial rule and a fashion symbol in India’ truly represents Gandhi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeanwhile, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that it was a pride for Khadi that it was showcased in such a historic event. “If Khadi reaching South Africa means anything, we are moving in the direction of economic freedom now. Khadi is all set to bring economic freedom as the’national fabric’ has echoed its piousness and economic feasibility in the land of Madiba,” he said.It may be noted that earlier in March, the High Commissioner for India in Pretoria Ruchira Kamboj, had requested KVIC Chairman, to provide different Khadi fabric, including silk and muslin – in both embroidered and printed forms, for a fashion show by designer Gavin Rajah.Acting quickly on High Commissioner’s request, the KVIC immediately dispatched more than the double length of the desired fabric, which was delivered to them on March 24.The show, which was choreographed by the most eminent figure in the fashion landscape and a household name in South-Africa, Gavin Rajah, was held on May 30 in the presence of Suresh Prabhu.
Facebook has probably made the biggest April Fool’s joke of this year. Over the weekend, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, penned a post detailing the need to have tech regulation in four major areas: “harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability”. However, privacy advocates and tech experts were frustrated rather than pleased with this announcement, stating that seeing recent privacy scandals, Facebook CEO shouldn’t be the one making the rules. The term ‘digital gangster’ was first coined by the Guardian, when the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its final report on Facebook’s Disinformation and ‘fake news practices. Per the publishing firm, “Facebook behaves like a ‘digital gangster’ destroying democracy. It considers itself to be ‘ahead of and beyond the law’. It ‘misled’ parliament. It gave statements that were ‘not true’”. Last week, Facebook rolled out a new Ad Library to provide more stringent transparency for preventing interference in worldwide elections. It also rolled out a policy to ban white nationalist content from its platforms. Zuckerberg’s four new regulation ideas “I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators. By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting society from broader harms.”, writes Zuckerberg. Reducing harmful content For harmful content, Zuckerberg talks about having a certain set of rules that govern what types of content tech companies should consider harmful. According to him, governments should set “baselines” for online content that require filtering. He suggests that third-party organizations should also set standards governing the distribution of harmful content and measure companies against those standards. “Internet companies should be accountable for enforcing standards on harmful content,” he writes. “Regulation could set baselines for what’s prohibited and require companies to build systems for keeping harmful content to a bare minimum.” Ironically, over the weekend, Facebook was accused of enabling the spreading of anti-Semitic propaganda after its refusal to take down repeatedly flagged hate posts. Facebook stated that it will not remove the posts as they do not breach its hate speech rules and are not against UK law. Preserving election integrity The second tech regulation revolves around election integrity. Facebook has been taken steps in this direction by making significant changes to its advertising policies. Facebook’s new Ad library which was released last week, now provides advertising transparency on all active ads running on a Facebook page, including politics or issue ads. Ahead of the European Parliamentary election in May 2019, Facebook is also introducing ads transparency tools in the EU. He advises other tech companies to build a searchable ad archive as well. “Deciding whether an ad is political isn’t always straightforward. Our systems would be more effective if regulation created common standards for verifying political actors,” Zuckerberg says. He also talks about improving online political advertising laws for political issues rather than primarily focussing on candidates and elections. “I believe”, he says “legislation should be updated to reflect the reality of the threats and set standards for the whole industry.” What is surprising is that just 24 hrs after Zuckerberg published his post committing to preserve election integrity, Facebook took down over 700 pages, groups, and accounts that were engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on Indian politics ahead of the country’s national elections. According to DFRLab, who analyzed these pages, Facebook was in fact quite late to take actions against these pages. Per DFRLab, “Last year, AltNews, an open-source fact-checking outlet, reported that a related website called theindiaeye.com was hosted on Silver Touch servers. Silver Touch managers denied having anything to do with the website or the Facebook page, but Facebook’s statement attributed the page to “individuals associated with” Silver Touch. The page was created in 2016. Even after several regional media outlets reported that the page was spreading false information related to Indian politics, the engagements on posts kept increasing, with a significant uptick from June 2018 onward.” Adhering to privacy and data portability For privacy, Zuckerberg talks about the need to develop a “globally harmonized framework” along the lines of European Union’s GDPR rules for US and other countries “I believe a common global framework — rather than regulation that varies significantly by country and state — will ensure that the internet does not get fractured, entrepreneurs can build products that serve everyone, and everyone gets the same protections.”, he writes. Which makes us wonder what is stopping him from implementing EU style GDPR on Facebook globally until a common framework is agreed upon by countries? Lastly, he adds, “regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability”, allowing people to freely port their data across different services. “True data portability should look more like the way people use our platform to sign into an app than the existing ways you can download an archive of your information. But this requires clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting information when it moves between services.” He also endorses the need for a standard data transfer format by supporting the open source Data Transfer Project. Why this call for regulation now? Zuckerberg’s post comes at a strategic point of time when Facebook is battling a large number of investigations. Most recent of which is the housing discrimination charge by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) who alleged that Facebook is using its advertising tools to violate the Fair Housing Act. Also to be noticed is the fact, that Zuckerberg’s blog post comes weeks after Senator Elizabeth Warren, stated that if elected president in 2020, her administration will break up Facebook. Facebook was quick to remove and then restore several ads placed by Warren, that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. A possible explanation to Zuckerberg’s post can be the fact that Facebook will be able to now say that it’s actually pro-government regulation. This means it can lobby governments to make a decision that would be the most beneficial for the company. It may also set up its own work around political advertising and content moderation as the standard for other industries. By blaming decisions on third parties, it may also possibly reduce scrutiny from lawmakers. According to a report by Business Insider, just as Zuckerberg posted about his news today, a large number of Zuckerberg’s previous posts and announcements have been deleted from the FB Blog. Reaching for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider that the posts were “mistakenly deleted” due to “technical errors.” Now if this is a deliberate mistake or an unintentional one, we don’t know. Zuckerberg’s post sparked a huge discussion on Hacker news with most people drawing negative conclusions based on Zuckerberg’s writeup. Here are some of the views: “I think Zuckerberg’s intent is to dilute the real issue (privacy) with these other three points. FB has a bad record when it comes to privacy and they are actively taking measures against it. For example, they lobby against privacy laws. They create shadow profiles and they make it difficult or impossible to delete your account.” “harmful content, election integrity, privacy, data portability Shut down Facebook as a company and three of those four problems are solved.” “By now it’s pretty clear, to me at least, that Zuckerberg simply doesn’t get it. He could have fixed the issues for over a decade. And even in 2019, after all the evidence of mismanagement and public distrust, he still refuses to relinquish any control of the company. This is a tone-deaf opinion piece.” Twitteratis also shared the same sentiment. Read Next Ahead of EU 2019 elections, Facebook expands it’s Ad Library to provide advertising transparency in all active ads Facebook will ban white nationalism, and separatism content in addition to white supremacy content. Are the lawmakers and media being really critical towards Facebook?