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first_imgIf you’re a sports fan living in New England, chances you know Tom Caron, sportscaster and news anchor for New England Sports Network (NESN), the primary broadcaster for both the MLB’s Boston Red Sox and the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Yesterday, he was honored at the annual “Champions of Mentoring” ceremony at Fenway Park, where he’s worked for over 20 years.What you probably didn’t know was that Tom is a big music fan. Last night, during a rain delay in the Red Sox vs. Twins game broadcast on NESN, Caron and the other TV took some questions from their Twitter followers to fill the unplanned bonus time on camera. When it came time for Caron to name his favorites, he name-dropped two bands: Red Hot Chili Peppers, and, “for new bands, Twiddle. They’re kind of a new kinda ‘Dead’ type of band out of Vermont. Watch for them, they’re going places.” You can watch footage of the on-air exchange below, courtesy of iTwiddle member Nicholas Kenneth: After name-dropping the Vermont quartet, Tom also took the chance to give love to his 20-year-old son Jack Caron‘s young band, Spunhouse, who you “can’t see anywhere” yet but is “coming soon to a place near you.” Of course, it’s not all that surprising that Tom Caron knows the Northeast live music scene. He was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, studied journalism at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. From there, he worked his way up through the ranks of the sports media world with various broadcasters and sports franchises throughout the region before landing with NESN in 1995.However, while it helped spawn a successful broadcasting career, Caron’s time in Vermont taught him to love more than just sports media. As Tom’s son Jack Caron explains to Live For Live Music, “He and my mom got me into the Grateful Dead and Phish when I was growing up because they were both deadheads who went to school in Burlington when Phish was first starting out.”Later, Jack returned the favor, introducing his dad to Twiddle, another young Burlington jam band. While Jack says his dad has not yet seen the band live, they did go together to see Dead & Company last summer at Fenway–a venue with which the Red Sox TV personality particularly familiar. “One story in particular comes to mind about,” Jack recalls, “He told me the first song he ever saw live at a concert was ‘Sugaree’ at the Cumberland County Civic Center in May of ’79 [listen to Tom’s first show here]. When my parents and I were at Dead & Co at Fenway last year, where he’s worked the last 20-odd years, they played ‘Sugaree’ and my dad said he felt like he had come full-circle.”[Cover photo via @TomCaron on Twitter]You can see three nights of Twiddle as well as an extensive lineup of exciting late-night shows during Phish’s upcoming 13-night “Baker’s Dozen” residency at Madison Square Garden in New York. Check our our guide to Baker’s Dozen late-nights for all the info.last_img read more

first_imgThe concept of digital humanities is about bringing as much life to the study of human culture as there is culture of humanity itself. Through sound, images, video, and the immense body of data collected every day describing the footprint of life, researchers, scholars, and students are exploring unconventional ways to tell the story of humankind.More than 80 people gathered at the Gutman Library on Saturday to participate in Harvard’s first THATCamp, a free-form “unconvention” designed to inspire fresh conversation and ideas about the developing tide of digital humanities.“This is a moment for Harvard to say that the digital humanities are important,” said Odile Harter, an organizer of the event and a research librarian. “I’m hoping that people will leave having made some progress, having been inspired, supported, encouraged, and helped in some way toward whatever they are working on.”THATCamp is an acronym for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” The event was characterized more by what it was not than by what it was. It was not a conference, symposium, or convention with a full complement of lectures, papers, and PowerPoint presentations. It was a gathering where everyone was a participant in spontaneous discussion.Participants voted on what they wanted to discuss and then gathered to talk. When the day was done, the hope was that participants would leave inspired, more educated, and with an expanded network of people to help advance their projects.THATCamps have taken place in the Boston area, across the country, and around the world. The concept was developed in 2008 at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., to bring humanities professionals and technologists together to jump-start the use of digital media and computing in the research and teaching of humanities.Martin Schreiner, an organizer of the local camp and the head of the Harvard Libraries maps, media, data, and government information department, said the dynamic of humanities research is steadily changing. New technology and the Internet are creating ways to conduct and present research for students and scholars alike.????From my perspective, the way people do research now is with databases that can be searched across the continent,” he said. “The old idea of sitting in a carrel and going into the library stacks — you can’t work that way anymore because people have to work together. Everything is very interdisciplinary.”More than 80 people gathered at the Gutman Library on Saturday to participate in Harvard’s first THATCamp, a free-form “unconvention” designed to inspire fresh conversation and ideas about the developing tide of digital humanities.P.J. Neal is entering the final year of his graduate work at the Harvard Extension School. His thesis deals with the relationship between Harvard and the military during World War II. He came to THATCamp looking for ideas about how to present his research using digital media.“We have such great materials in the Harvard Libraries, such great materials in the Harvard Crimson, and I’d like to create an online tool that makes those materials come alive,” he said. “I understand technology, I’m comfortable with it, and I’m comfortable with partnering with people who know how to do it.”Kelly Fitzpatrick, a graduate student at Simmons College, was introduced to digital humanities while working on her undergraduate thesis at Hampshire College. She created a website of digitized photos and print media from World War I. She then used an interface to deconstruct and analyze the material around the theme of her research.“In the past two years, I feel that digital humanities has really taken off as a thing that people are recognizing as unique,” Fitzpatrick said.There were a dozen sessions Saturday that included discussions about building collaborations, introducing digital media to students and educators, improving accessibility and usability of digital archives, the use of digital media in academic storytelling, and the use of maps and geographic data.But a question underlying many of the sessions was the acceptability of digital humanities as scholarly work.“We have come a long way in developing our own tools and digitalizing information,” said Douglas Seefeldt, a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. “But we have a long way to go to find platforms that are recognized as peer-reviewed, scholarly communications platforms such as journals and books.”THATCamp at Harvard was sponsored by Research Computing for the Arts and Humanities, the Harvard College Library, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Library, and the Northeast Regional Computing Group, and organized by the Digital Futures Consortium at Harvard.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial institution auto loan portfolios continue to grow annually. In fact, Experian1reported that auto loan balances climbed to $1.18 trillion in the first quarter of 2019, a 6.5% increase from 2018. And, as many lenders know, when your portfolio grows, as does the risk of delinquency.If your portfolio is expanding, you may be evaluating your internal operations and expenses to help you determine potential costs and impact to scaling your collections department versus outsourcing one or more aspects of your operation to a third party.As your financial institution undergoes the evaluation process, here are seven questions to ask yourself and your team to determine what option best fits your institution’s needs. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – West Indies pace legend Michael Holding has been named as the new president of Derbyshire, the County club he represented with distinction during his illustrious playing days.The 63-year-old was formally appointed at Wednesday night’s Annual General Meeting of the club and joins incoming chairman Ian Morgan who replaces the hugely successful Chris Grant.It is a great honour to be asked to be president of Derbyshire County Cricket Club and I am looking forward to the year,” Jamaican Holding said.“I enjoyed immensely the few years I spent at Derbyshire and I always enjoy returning to the club. On my last visit, in September, I saw all of the facilities, all of the improvements and the infrastructure which have gone into the club.“I am sure that the progress made off the field and around the ground will transfer on to the cricket field and that we will see some good results this summer.“I would like to thank all members and supporters for their continued support and encourage them to keep on supporting the club in 2017 and beyond.”Holding spent six seasons at the East Midlands county during the 1980s, taking 224 wickets at an average of 24.57. He recorded 13 five-wicket hauls with a best of seven for 97 against Worcestershire.He remains one of the icons of West Indies cricket and one of the finest fast bowlers Test cricket has seen, having picked up 249 wickets from 60 Tests at an average of 23.68.Since retiring from the game, Holding has become a respected television analyst.Only last summer, he returned to the club to open the new media and business centre at the Derbyshire ground.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville joined talkSPORT as a guest co-host for a very special Drivetime show on Tuesday.Our Twitter feeds were inundated with questions for the former England full-back, and, as you can see, he pulled no punches with his answers, including his views on England’s ‘golden generation’ and his rivalry with a certain Arsenal hero.Check out our Twitter Q&A with Gary Neville above!SHOULD ENGLAND HAVE WON EURO 96?“Yes. There are two tournaments that stand out and think, ‘what could have been’.“Euro 96 we were good enough to win the tournament and, in 2004, we were ready to beat Portugal.“Wayne Rooney going off, when they couldn’t handle him, didn’t help. They are the two tournaments that I thought we had a strong team.WHO WAS THE BEST WINGER YOU PLAYED AGAINST?“Marc Overmars was a tough opponent. It was tough though because Emmanuel Petit kept dropping balls over my head.“The worst thing for a defender is when you go tight and they spin in behind you, if you drop off they pick up to head and dribble past you, similar to Arjen Robben, Luis Figo or Franck Ribery. You are on a fine line as a defender.“Alessandro Del Piero, who wasn’t a traditional left winger, he played in a little pocket where you didn’t know whether to go inside with him and then you’d see the full back flying outside you.“Robert Pires was like that too. He wouldn’t destroy you with pace but he’d make you think. They were tough games. The ones with pace and the ones that run in behind you are the ones to worry about.“I would say Overmars [was the toughest] because those tussles between Arsenal and Man United in the last 90s, they were the best domestic team I ever played against.“That 1998 Arsenal team had everything pace, power, strength, great defenders, a good goalkeeper and good finishers. That was a complete team.”last_img read more