Bicycle Day is the annual celebration of Swiss scientist Albert Hoffman’s first intentional ingestion of the chemical compound, LSD-25, after accidentally discovering the compound’s nature three days earlier. Named for Hoffman’s trippy bicycle ride home from the lab that fateful day, each year on April 19th, folks come together to celebrate the world’s first acid trip all the way back in 1943. One of the largest Bicycle Day celebrations occurs in San Francisco, California, and brings musicians, visual artists, and speakers together to pay tribute to America’s counterculture and all things psychedelic. This year, San Francisco’s Bicycle Day celebration will be occurring in a new venue, The Midway, and is likely to be a spectacular tribute to the occasion.Renowned artists Alex Grey, Allyson Grey, and Android Jones will be front and center all evening, creating visual art that reflects the setting. Bureau of Sabotage will headline the event, reconvening the supergroup consisting of Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Co, Allman Brothers), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Jeff Franca (Thievery Corporation), and John Kadlecik (Furthur, DSO). Other acts appearing include Ott, Papadosio, Phaelah, Govinda, and Eliot Lipp in addition to a bunch of other musicians, performance artists, visual artists, and more.You can check out more information about the event here and purchase tickets here.
The music world took a major hit when inspirational soul singer Charles Bradley succumbed to a long battle with cancer this past September. The Daptone Records singer found fame late in life, but was always a shining light of positivity throughout his life. Known as the “Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley was backed by His Extraordinaires, who toured with him for the last several years. In October of last year, the iconic musician announced that he had been diagnosed with stomach cancer and had canceled his tour dates, later returning to the road this past summer with an extensive tour. Earlier in September, Bradley was forced to cancel his upcoming tour dates after the cancer had spread to his liver.Watch Tank And The Bangas Dominate Pickathon Music FestivalAfter over a year of cancelled show dates, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires found themselves in the forest at Pickathon for his second-to-last show on Earth. NPR Music has shared the footage from this performance, as part of their ongoing Woods Series, showcasing Bradley’s rousing style, heart-gushing character, and inimitable musical presence. The 68 year old performer is severely missed.Watch Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires perform “Lovin’ You Baby” live at the Pickathon Woods Stage from his album No Time For Dreaming from August 2017.We miss you, Charles Bradley!
Back in January 2011, VCE Customer Care was an aspiration. The leadership team was working closely with our support partners at VMware, EMC and Cisco, and developed a philosophy to deliver the highest level of service possible to our customers. This included providing 24 x 7 global Vblock Systems customer support, escalation management, release management and account management services. This required creating unique roles, implementing new technologies and developing innovative processes that ensured VCE could exceed customer expectations, by delivering a differentiated support end-to-end experience.Taking the First StepVCE realizes that Vblock Systems is a transformation for traditional IT departments and our first focus was to provide customers with a designated Customer Advocate to help them transition to new operational models. VCE Customer Advocates are key to the success of VCE customer support as they help the customer maximize the value they get from their Vblock. Our Customer Advocates are supported by a team of Escalation Engineers, highly experienced technical experts that proactively assist customers in their Vblock management, advising from a technical standpoint on critical issues and more maintenance queries.Since VCE Support responds to all questions about Vblock Systems technology across the globe, a Technical Service Representative team was created, taking over the initial customer contact for reporting new Service Requests. The TSRs went through an eight week boot camp to develop a good grounding in all technical aspects of the Vblock, as well as ITIL practices and management of customers. Since they are the first person the customer interacts with, we want to ensure this team could field customer inquiries in all technical aspects of the Vblock, with the ability to resolve issues on first contact, and to effectively triage issues that might require further troubleshooting.Supporting The BusinessThroughout this time, new IT systems were developed and put in place to manage customer engagement. VCE selected out-of-the-box, best in breed cloud solutions for these systems, such as CRM and Knowledge Base systems, and BT Cloud Telephony solution, supported by a state-of-art B2B solution that connects VCE Support directly to our support partners. We also developed a portal for customers to log their service requests and access the Vblock documentation and support matrices. All this was completed in less than 6 months from start to finish.Evolution of VCE Global Customer Care Today, VCE has developed its own fully standalone support organization, with a team of subject matter experts on all aspects of the Vblock technology. These support engineers, called Vblock Platform Support Engineers, work in tandem with the TSR team in ensuring that VCE’s customers get the best support available for their Vblock Systems. They are trained in all aspects of the Vblock, so they provide in depth support of the Vblock components, while still having that depth of knowledge of the Vblock that allows them to see the issue holistically and not as a standalone component issue. This is critically important when supporting Vblock Systems, as Vblock is not just a set of individual components, but an infrastructure that has been pre-tested and engineered to work in a high availability environment maintaining maximum up time.What we have demonstrated to date is that even by setting the bar high with customer expectations, we have a customer satisfaction rate in the high 90th percentile range. This proves that we are delivering on the plan that was set in motion just over two years ago. VCE support will continue to evolve using best in breed technology in our products, and in our support delivery processes and systems, to ensure the best possible support experience for our customers.
Experts/Sources: Get to the airport early enough to walk to your flight’s concourse, or walk from the security checkpoint area to the last concourse before going to your gate. At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson international airport, that distance is about a mile, or a brisk, 15-minute, one-way walk. Add a backpack and you’ll get some strength training as well.When traveling by car, take a break and walk for 10 to 15 minutes every two hours. Many cities have parks. Check online for state parks along your route. A short walk can improve circulation, ease stiff muscles and joints and improve alertness and mood.If you belong to a YMCA or other fitness center, check for reciprocal agreements or day passes that can be obtained at fitness centers in your destination city.If you stay at a hotel, take advantage of the on-site fitness center or indoor pool. Be sure to pack your tennis shoes, swimsuit and workout clothes. Some hotels offer in-room yoga or other fitness programs on the TV and will even deliver fitness equipment to your room. A hotel may also have special arrangements with off-site fitness centers where you can work out for free or at a reduced price. Whenever possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator.If you are visiting friends or relatives, plan group activities. Take a bike ride on a greenway or a walk to see holiday decorations. Enjoy a friendly game of touch football, golf or basketball, or even some badminton, pingpong or bowling with the group. In northern states, sledding, skiing or ice skating may be options.At a mall, park as far away as possible and walk the entire inside of the mall before going into the store where you intend to shop. If getting outside is hard, dance to music or march in front of the TV for 30 minutes. You can even break this up so that you do it each time a commercial comes on. Most hour-long TV shows are actually only about 40 minutes long with 20 minutes of ads, so you’ll get a good workout during the commercial breaks. Pack rubber tubing or stretch bands in your suitcase to use to keep muscles toned.Download yoga or Pilates workouts to take along, or bring an instruction book or DVD.Buy fitness equipment, books or apparel as holiday gifts that others will be able to use not only during your visit, but also throughout the year.For more information about staying fit during the holidays visit spock.fcs.uga.edu/ext/Zero_Holiday_Challenge/. Maggie Dudacek is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Maggie Dudacek Don’t let traveling to visit family and friends during the holiday season interrupt your exercise routine. There are plenty of ways to stay active, even if you’re away from your usual gym, walking path or workout buddies. Seek out ways to stay active, no matter where your travels take you. Encourage friends and loved ones to join you in a walk, run or bike ride, said Connie Crawley, a food, nutrition and health specialist with University of Georgia Extension. “When visiting someone over the holidays, get some exercise outside or at a local fitness facility,” Crawley said. “The host and other guests may enjoy coming along so everyone can feel more energetic and less stressed.” Crawley offers 10 tips on staying active over the holidays: Authors: Constance C. Crawley
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The white, drowning, ice-slicked snow of yet another winter storm is upon us, dear snowbound families, and with the ‘lil tikes all home from school, there’s not a better time for some winter fun (plus, it gets them back out of the house for at least a few hours!).Now we have a big family. Way too big to list them all here, especially if that count was to include all our lovable critters, too. And while not all of them love the outdoors (Misses Wooster sure doesn’t!), those who do sure do enjoy it when it snows.We love having snowball fights, making igloos, snow angels, snowmen, Snow Yeti and of course, we all love sledding! Sometimes, when all the sleds and sleighs and swimming pool tubes and inflatable rafts are used up, Chewbacca and I break out the garbage can lids and once or twice we even got away with those cafeteria food trays Big Johnny packed into our neighbor’s garage. But I will resoundingly attest that it’s always the best to use an official sled or tube, not only because they are probably not covered in last Tuesday’s lunchroom onion-cheese-garlic meatloaf special!Alas, here are some of the Chin family’s choice sledding spots and experiences across Long Island–oh, and stay off the slopes near the parkways! Please, it is dangerous and just not worth the possibility of getting hurt for a 30-second thrill ride down the mountain! And as I repeatedly tell Big Johnny–stay out of the sumps! Those hills are dangerous and full of trash! You do not know what danger lurks beneath the ice! The sewers empty here! There could be sharp rocks!Bethpage State Park Everyone from my cousin Big Eddie to even Tiger Woods know that this is a wonderful spot to go sledding. The terrain is hilly and winding. The fields are wide and open. And if you can make it to Bethpage Black, well that is really something else, though be warned that all of these slopes and hills can be very dangerous and the steepest should not be attempted unless under the strictest supervision and in permitted areas. “Stick to the smaller slopes,” as my Aunt Bethany used to say. “Stick to the smaller slopes. Take your time. Enjoy the ride. Better to be safe than sorry.” Wise words from a very wise woman. Indeed.Cedar Creek Park, Wantagh Yes yes yes, oh yes, this precious gem off Merrick Road on the border of Wantagh and Seaford that is a truly great go-to barbecue and picnic spot in the summer is truly an equally great go-to spot for sledding during these cold, wintery months. Yes, there is a sewage plant somewhere here in the park (and also a dog park, which myself and all our ‘lil ones love!), but also yes, there are some really great hills. And yes, there is some truly great fun to be had in those hills!Heckscher State Park, HuntingtonThis is a very large park wih many different sledding and snowman-making spots to enjoy. The reason we like this park so much is not only because of the slopes and hills and open fields, however, but because every once and a while, if you are truly lucky, you may see the furry inhabitants of its woods. Yes, yes, yes, I am talking about the deer! Oh the little ones enjoy it so! This park also brings another special winter treat: lots and lots of smiles!Eisenhower Park, East MeadowWe always wave hello to the statue of Gen. Eisenhower as we enter the park, and we always enjoy our time here (except for one time but that is for another blog entry). You will want to scout the park for the best hill, but be assured that many exist here. Ask your fellow sledders to point you in the direction of Old Sled Hill. The last time we ventured here it was snowing so severe I became disoriented and can not recall how to find that great peak. Warning: Stay away from the lake! Those hills are maybe the best in the park but it is Way Too Dangerous to sled near the lake! stick to the open fields and their gradual slopes and you will have much fun.Bald Hill, Farmingville‘Nuff said, dear sledders. ‘Nuff said. Though this is not officially the highest point on Long Island (that would be Jayne’s Hill, in Huntington, where ye old bard Walt Whitman used to wander), it is close. And very high. Every major snowstorm, families from all across the Island flock to its slopes for winter magic fun. I will warn once again that you should be careful when sliding along the snowy hills and only do so with friends and family in case you get hurt so you are not alone.Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon There are some great sledding hills in this sprawling, historical park but I will remind you to stay to the open fields an hills and stay away from any slopes near the water. Just too dangerous!Washington Avenue Park, SeafordThis is the Chin Family Favorite Sledding Spot! We have had so much fun here, so many times, year after year after year I can not even list them all here. The baseball pit is truly immense and therefore the hills are steep, which makes for a great ride for the kids and tons and tons of fun! The parking lot is not as big, however, and so sometimes you must park along the street, which is not always as easy when the snow plows have not cleared the road that well (or sometimes it is still tough when they do, becasue they pile up all the snow into big mounds of ice!). Yes, yes, there are many, many other great sledding spots across Long Island, but it is getting late right now and we want to get out and hit the slopes! “You should only go sledding during the day,” as Aunt Bethany used to say. “You should never go sledding at night!” Perhaps there will be another blog post about other great spots in the future, dear sledders. Perhaps. Regardless, this is our favorite spot.For some important safety tips (which will be the subject of another blog post), CLICK HERE. Always remember: Be safe out there! And have fun!Related: 43 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids On Long IslandAdd your favorite sledding and sleighing spots in the comment section below:
8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s been the same-old, same-old for years, and now you’re itching to change your website. Well… as Dr. Brubaker once said, “When something itches, my dear sir, the natural tendency is to scratch.”The “seven-year itch,” so named in the eponymous 1955 romantic comedy featuring Dr. Brubaker, is the notion of unfavorable conditions over a period of time. Perhaps your credit union or bank’s website is stale or your messaging isn’t yielding the same results.Truth be told, in the website development arena, it’s more like the three-year itch. Technology is advancing at such a rapid rate. Every day we are “Googling” long tail keywords in search of answers to our questions. And if we don’t find what we are looking for we immediately click off. And this isn’t just about actual answers. Perceptual answers – copy, images and design – cloud our judgement.Responsive design allows your website to be viewed on any platform, whether it is a desktop computer, tablet or mobile device. The user experience adjusts and adapts to the display. With responsive design, you can keep more people engaged with your website. continue reading »
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– Advertisement – The Dancing With the Stars alum revealed that she used their daughter to hurt Caussin during their 2016 separation, explaining, “Shoot, I did it. I was like, ‘You can’t see Jolie until I’m done with DWTS. … That’s not healthy for the kids. But you’re just so angry that it makes sense that you might not be acting in the best frame of mind and you forget that you need to put your kids first. You feel like you’re putting your kids first but it’s also, you’re so angry at your partner too.”She and the former NFL player briefly split following a cheating scandal, reuniting after Caussin sought treatment for his sex addiction. Kramer gave birth to their second child in November 2018 and exclusively told Us Weekly the following year that they plan to tell the little ones about Caussin’s struggles.“I definitely think that’s going to be hard, because unfortunately, when they’re old enough, they’re going to Google,” the singer said in April 2019. “I personally would like for them to hear it from us first before they Google. They’ll never know specifics. That’s something that we’re not going to go, ‘Oh, your dad cheated.’ That’s not healthy for anyone to know. So it’s just, ‘Yes, this is your father’s addiction, but look at where we’re at now.’”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Caussin noted that “the easiest way to take a jab at your partner is using the kids,” while Kramer urged Green and Fox to put them first in the future.“There’s so much bitterness and hostility that unfortunately the kids get thrown into it and that’s really unfortunate,” the “Beautiful Lies” diner said. “But hopefully, I know a lot of parents that have been able to do a coparenting therapy after divorce and it’s really helpful for them because they can talk about all these things.”Mike Caussin and Jana Kramer Courtesy of Jana Kramer/Instagram- Advertisement – The Virginia native, who shares daughter Jolie, 4, and son Jace, 23 months, with the One Tree Hill alum, 36, added that if they got divorced, seeing the little ones on social media would “crush” him. Caussin noted that another man being in the photos would be a “big” deal.Mike Caussin and Jana Kramer Courtesy of Jana Kramer/InstagramThe conversation came up while he and Kramer discussed Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox’s recent drama after the Jennifer’s Body star, 34, called out her estranged husband, 47, for posting pictures of their three kids — Noah, 8, Bodhi, 6, and Journey, 4 — via Instagram.“I know you love your kids,” the Tennessee native commented on one of the BH90210 star’s social media uploads earlier this month. “But I don’t know why you can’t stop using them to posture via Instagram. You’re so intoxicated with feeding the pervasive narrative that I’m an absent mother, and you are the perennial, eternally dedicated dad of the year. You have them half of the time. Congratulations you truly are a remarkable human! Why do you need the internet to echo back to you what should be inexhaustibly evident in the way your children love you?”- Advertisement – Warming up to the idea. Mike Caussin initially was not on board with Jana Kramer sharing their two kids’ lives on social media.“I wasn’t completely comfortable at the beginning, but I became comfortable with sharing the kids so much,” the former professional football player, 33, said during the Monday, November 9, episode of their “Whine Down” podcast. “But then I was on board with it, and we never really discussed my reservations around it. But I’m all for it, and that’s our decision as a couple.”- Advertisement –
“We want to plan for our winning strategies,” Kim Eun-ju, a veteran women’s rights activist and one of the party’s founders, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday.”We hope this school will provide training to our candidates on how politics work. Although our members are passionate in feminism issues, they lack political skills,” she added.The school in Seoul, which is due to be launched by July, will recruit former local government heads to train candidates.Areas of study will include how to organize political campaigns and women’s rights issues. South Korea’s first feminist party is set to launch a political school to train aspiring female candidates, as it vowed to fight on after failing to win a seat in national elections.The Women’s Party was unsuccessful in its attempts to win four parliamentary seats in the April 15 poll, despite a growing feminism movement in the socially conservative nation.Although disappointed by the result, the party has now begun preparations for local municipal and provincial elections due in 2022 by setting up a political school. Topics : President Moon Jae-in’s ruling party won a landslide victory in last week’s poll, which saw 57 women lawmakers elected into the 300-seat parliament, its highest ever female representation.Launched on the International Women’s Day in March, the Women’s Party with more than 10,000 members campaigned on a platform to end widespread voyeurism against women and push for equal pay.The voyeurism or “spycam porn” epidemic, where victims are filmed urinating or having sex, sparked mass street protests in 2018 and led to a growing feminism movement that has since gathered pace in other areas.South Korea’s gender wage gap meanwhile is the worst among developed nations, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.Female voters like Ahn Yun-hui, a 32-year-old designer in Seoul, said although she wanted greater gender equality, she was skeptical about the fledgling party’s experience.”I wasn’t convinced on what this party could actually do on issues such as women’s safety,” she said.The country’s electoral system traditionally favors major parties, according to political analysts. Women’s rights groups have called for changes to increase female political participation.”The April 15 poll was the first election after Korea’s #MeToo movement, but female candidates were exposed to hate speeches, violence, and discriminations,” said the United Korea Women’s Association, an advocacy group.South Korea was ranked 108 out of 153 countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Index.Park Geun-hye was South Korea’s first female president who served from 2013 until 2017, when she was ousted over a corruption scandal.