As the purists that we cyclists tend to be, when we encounter the crossroad of quality and cost, as we often do, it is quality that usually wins out. And this is a good thing; it’s why you read BikeRumor, to keep apprised of the latest and greatest. Well, we’ve got another one for ya. Xlerad is reinventing the lighting game and they want you in on the ground-level.How do you improve something as relatively straight-forward as a light? Recently everyone has been answering that question by making the light brighter. And that’s kinda like camera manufacturers jamming more and more megapixels into their point-&-shoots; it made sense up to a point, but then it became just another marketing ploy. See how Xlerad has revolutionized your next light with auto illumination (sans any ploys) next… Auto Illumination utilizes several integrated sensors including temperature, battery and a three-axes accelerometer. Xlerad states this technology allows its buttonless light to sense riding conditions (plus its own internal performance) and self-adjust into the best possible lighting level for its top-end CREE single-die LEDs. Your light will now think for itself. But in the case you wish to do the thinking yourself the Xlerad is manually override-able via tapping the light itself. (Checkout the above Kickstarter video for further details.)And the complex algorithm that this baby runs data through spits our some common sense. Picking up speed on the downhill? Xlerad turns up the lumens. Hitting a banked turn, or simply taking a left at the intersection? Xlerad bumps up the brightness. When you are simply cruising Xlerad will drop the power down and conserve juice. All this ramping up and down (200 to 1000 lumen range) occurs in an elegantly seamless manner. And with the aforementioned internal assessment Xlerad will grow more conservative in its lumen output as its 5000mAh Lithium-ion battery approaches depletion – meaning a highly impressive battery life of 3.7 to 45 hours (depending on how you ride).Now let’s mention size, cuz, it matters. Xlerad takes up little handlebar real estate. And with its ability to self assess and auto adjust, this waterproof light will never overheat (a longterm performance risk with high-output LEDs). What does this mean for you, the cycling purist? It means the Xlerad has the highest maximum power (1000 lumens) of any light in its size category. Xlerad can be yours exclusively through Kickstarter until January 1 for a highly reasonable $189 (March 2014 delivery). Merry Christmas to you!
View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today or this weekend. Dine Like Your Favorite Founding Father with The Hamilton CookbookYour bread is gonna “rise up” like never before with Laura Kumin’s new tome The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, due out on November 21 by Post Hill Press. The savvy publisher says The Hamilton Cookbook “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day.” The cookbook will allow readers to experience firsthand what it would be like to eat with Alexander Hamilton, featuring dishes such as cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and of course, apple pie. Come November, your kitchen is sure to be the room where it happens.Company, Starring Aaron Tveit, Extends Run at Barrington StageThe new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company playing Pittsfield, Massachusetts’ Barrington Stage has been extended by one week! The limited engagement will now run through September 10. Broadway fave Aaron Tveit stars as Bobby in the production that is directed by Julianne Boyd. Joining Tveit in the cast are Mara Davi as April, Ellen Harvey as Joanne, Lawrence E. Street as Harry, Jeannette Bayardelle as Sarah, Kate Loprest as Susan, Jane Pfitsch as Jenny, James Ludwig as David, Lauren Marcus as Amy, Peter Reardon as Larry, Nora Schell as Marta and Rebecca Kuznick as Kathy. Company began performances on August 10 and opened on August 13.Aladdin Live-Action Remake Adds Numan Acar to Starry Cast Homeland veteran Numan Acar has been cast in the role of Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man, in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Aladdin live-action remake, according to Deadline. Acar joins a cast that includes Mena Massoud in the title role with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Tony-winning songwriting duo behind Broadway hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, will write lyrics to new songs by composer Alan Menken for the film. A release date for the live-action film will be announced at a later time.Lauren Molina & More to Lead Musical Western Desperate MeasuresLauren Molina is set to appear in the ensemble cast of Desperate Measures, a new musical comedy debuting with off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company. Featuring a book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg, music by David Friedman and direction/choreography by Bill Castellino, the 1890-set Desperate Measures follows a hot-tempered cowboy and his sister (a novice nun) in their adventures out West. Joining Molina in the cast will be Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide and Nick Wyman. Desperate Measures is set to begin previews on September 19 and open on October 1. The musical will play a limited engagement through October 15.Annette O’Toole to Lead New Revival of George Kelly’s The Show-OffLucille Lortel Award winner Annette O’Toole will star in a new off-Broadway production George Kelly’s comedy The Show-Off, set to be presented by The Peccadillo Theater Company at the Theatre at St. Clement’s. Dan Wackerman will direct the production beginning previews on September 21, opening on September 28 and concluding its limited engagement on October 21. Notable for its masterful blend of comedy and drama and meticulous attention to the ordinary details of everyday life, The Show-Off revolves around a working-class Irish family in North Philadelphia in the mid-1920s. Joining O’Toole in the cast will be Marvin Bell, Aaron Gaines, Ian Gould, Elise Hudson, Emma Orelove, Douglas Rees, Buzz Roddy and Tirosh Schneider.Sample David Yazbek’s Eclectic New Score for The Band’s VisitDavid Yazbek, the Tony-nominated composer whose scores for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ignited Broadway, is offering up a new score as the stirring musical The Band’s Visit prepares for its main stem debut. The show has released a video of its talented band playing the gorgeous new tune “Haj-Butrus.” Listen in and get ready to experience the beautiful new show at the Barrymore Theatre! Performances kick off on October 7.
Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera Like another Tony-winning composer stuck at home, Andrew Lloyd Webber has been drawn to the side of his piano. The seven-time Tony winner took to Twitter recently to entertain fans, posting videos of him playing “All I Ask of You” and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from The Phantom of the Opera (and challenging Lin-Manuel Miranda to a play-off). While at the piano, Lloyd Webber shared a story about Phantom’s creation: “With Phantom of the Opera, it’s the only show that I’ve ever been involved with—or ever will be involved with—where from the first preview on we never changed a note, except for one: the end of ‘Wishing You Were Somewhere Here Again,’” he said. Originally writing a more subtle ending to Christine’s 11-o’clock number, Lloyd Webber said he changed the last note to better suit the song’s rousing position in the show. Watch Lloyd Webber perform—without his dog?!?!—below. from $29.00 Related Shows View Comments
BBC:Why do a few, select words have such power to shock and offend? With help from swearing historian Melissa Mohr, Mike Williams traces the history of taboo language from Roman times to the present day and hears how cultural taboos have shaped offensive language down the centuries.He talks to American psychological scientist Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts about why we swear and discovers that children start using profane language at a much earlier age than you might imagine. And he meets psychologist Dr Richard Stephens who persuades him to take part in two swearing experiments, one of them rather painful, with some surprising results.Read the whole story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >
Two suspected Ebola cases confirmed in DRCThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Jun 2 said that two suspected Ebola cases had been confirmed via laboratory testing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these cases came from known transmission chains, and the date of the last confirmed case in the DRC remains May 11.Since Apr 21, there have been 4 confirmed and 3 probable Ebola cases, of which 4 have died (case-fatality rate, 57%). The WHO said scientists are currently investigating unusually high mortality in swine populations from eight villages in northern DRC.Contact follow-up and tracing were already under way for the two confirmed cases, and the WHO said that the outbreak is controlled.The current outbreak is the DRC’s eighth since Ebola virus was first detected in 1976.Jun 2 WHO bulletin Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can transmit both Zika, chikungunya in 1 biteA new study in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases shows that the Aedes aegypti mosquito can transmit both Zika and chikungunya virus in one bite, and co-infection with the viruses does not alter vector competence.Dutch scientists infected the insects with both viruses to determine transmission rates using an experimental blood meal and found that 73% of the mosquitoes transmitted Zika, 21% spread chikungunya, and 12% transmitted both viruses in one bite. This is the first study to show that, just as in humans, the viruses can commonly co-infect mosquitoes.”We show that ZIKV and CHIKV can simultaneously disseminate to the saliva of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes, indicating that co-infections do not strongly interfere with virus replication,” the authors write.In other Zika news, a vaccine presented at the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Microbe 2017 meeting that wrapped up today showed 100% protection from the virus in mouse models. The vaccine is the first to be based on the NS1 protein, and the first to show single-dose protection against Zika.Also at ASM, scientists described a new reliable clinical test that can diagnose Zika in semen samples. The test could be helpful for couples who are planning a pregnancy after a possible Zika exposure.The test, called the Aptima assay, was found to have 100% sensitivity and specificity in 100 semen samples.Jun 1 PLoS Negl Trop Dis study Jun 4 ASM vaccine press release Jun 4 ASM Zika test press release PAHO reports 1,000 new chikungunya cases in the AmericasFollowing a week in which the chikungunya outbreak in the Americas grew by 80%, on Jun 2 the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in its weekly report, noted a return to more modest but still notable numbers, as the agency detailed 1,039 new cases.The new cases lift the yearly total to 87,472, according to the latest update. Previous weekly reports showed increases of 16,436, 142, and 38,282 cases, respectively. The weeks with five-digit increases are those in which Brazil, which has accounted for 93% of 2017 cases, has reported new infections.The vast majority of new cases were in Bolivia, which reported 855 new chikungunya illnesses and 2,144 for the year. Peru was second, with 123 new cases and 1,120 total. The number of deaths from the disease remained at 13, all of them in Brazil.Since the chikungunya outbreak began in late 2013 on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, the virus has sickened at least 2,474,499 people.Jun 2 PAHO update
Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he may be forced to mobilise the base of the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) to ensure that the “yes” vote succeeds in next month’s referendum on whether or not the island should replace the London-based Privy Council as its final court. Browne, speaking on a programme on his radio station over the last weekend, said that he was disappointed that the move to replace the Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had become very political and not the non-partisan approach he had envisaged for such a serious matter. Voters will go to the polls on November 6 to decide on whether or not to retain the Privy Council as the island’s highest court and the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) is undertaking a public education programme ahead of the poll. Regional jurist wants Caribbean countries to hold referendum… Apr 1, 2019 Jan 18, 2016 Antigua-Barbuda PM reiterates need for bi-partisan approach to CCJAntigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has reiterated the need for a non-partisan approach to the November 6 referendum when citizens will vote on whether or not to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the island’s final court. Speaking at the launch…September 21, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua to stage referendum on joining Caribbean Court of Justice this yearThe Antigua and Barbuda government last Wednesday said that it intends to hold a referendum within the next four months on whether or not the island will adopt the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court. Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, speaking at a special sitting of…May 21, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua and Barbuda CCJ Referendum set for next year(Antigua Observer) The government has conceded to shift the proposed 2016 date for the referendum to accede to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), to a date in early 2017, after rigorous debate in the Lower House of Parliament by the Leader of the Opposition, Baldwin Spencer. Although the government…August 31, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Preparation for CCJ referendum in Antigua-Barbuda underway –… You may be interested in… The government needs a 67 per cent vote in the referendum coupled with a two-thirds majority in the Parliament to move to the CCJ, which was established in 2001 by regional governments to replace the Privy Council. “I am of the view that the Labour Party has to take a frontal role in this now based on what’s happening. This thing has taken a totally different direction and to appeal to our based, we expect every single Labour Party supporter to support this transition and I believe that there are plenty sensible UPP (United Progressive Party) supporters and undecided people, let us go out there and get our 67 per cent and forget about the likes…of all those who think they smart,” he told radio listeners. Browne said that those in opposition to the vote had used several excuses in a bid to get support for their positions. “You know on the one hand they saying they are not against the transition to the CCJ, that is to have the CCJ as our Apex Court, but on the other hand they are trying to argue and without any convincing argument or arguments that we need to wait. “Now if it is that these individuals are so serious and really wanted to see this transition…they would have maybe ask for a transition period,” he added. Apart from Antigua and Barbuda, the voters in Grenada will also cast their ballots in a referendum on the same day to decide whether to join the CCJ, which also serves as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement, CARICOM. Only Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana among CARICOM countries are full members of the CCJ. CMC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading…
Luminarias at Jemez Historic Site. Courtesy/NMDCA NMHS News: Saturday, Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m.Voices from the Past: Moonlight ToursFt. Selden Historic Site1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs, NM 88054(575).526.8911http://nmhistoricsites.org/fort-seldenJoin us for a special moonlight tour and meet people visiting from the past. This year we will tell the story of the diphtheria outbreak of 1886. You will meet the women who worked to care for the sick, the families who lost children, and the soldiers who were busy renovating the fort. Tours leave every 15 minutes. Tickets are sold at the door. All of the activities for this event will be outside so please dress warmly! The last tour will leave at 8:15 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults. Children 16 and under are free. Cash or check only. Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation. Call 575.202.1638 for more information. NM I-25, Exit 19, Radium Springs – Follow the signs. Saturday, Dec.14, 6-9 p.m.Las Noches de Las LuminariasFt. Selden Historic Site1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs, NM 88054(575).526.8911http://nmhistoricsites.org/fort-seldenJoin us for this Southwest tradition as over eight hundred glowing candles surround the Fort ruins. Enjoy holiday music, a cozy campfire, and a warm cup of cheer as you tour the grounds. Make your own holiday decorations while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Please dress warmly. Admission: $5 for adults. Children 16 and under are free.Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation. Cash or checks only. Call 575.202.1638 for more information. NM I-25, Exit 19, Radium Springs – Follow the signs. Saturday, Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m.December Letters from the ReservationFt. Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial3647 Billy the Kid Dr, Fort Sumner, NM 88119(575).355.2573http://nmhistoricsites.org/bosque-redondoThe evening will begin with a light supper of pork posolé, tortillas, and a winter cake served with coffee or hot chocolate. Supper will be followed by a journey into the Memorial’s auditorium where local residents and staff will tell the story of life on the reservation through archival letters from the months of December (1863-1867). There is no admission fee for this event and the food is free as long as it lasts. Join us and listen to history unfold. Virgin de Guadalupe carving, part of J. Paul Taylor collection. Courtesy/NMDCA Saturday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 14, 5-9 p.m.Light among the Ruins.Jemez Historic Site18160 NM-4, Jemez Springs, NM 87025(575).829.3530http://nmhistoricsites.org/jemezThe ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. Each evening’s program will include traditional Native American flute music and Jemez Pueblo dancers’ performing between two illuminating bon-fires. The Historic Site will also host an arts and crafts fair and have food available for purchase. Tickets for both nights go on sale Nov. 1. Visit http://www.nmhistoricsites.org/jemez for more information. Wagon in the Snow at Fort Selden. Courtesy/NMDCA Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m.Farolitos at Los LucerosLos Luceros Historic Site253 County Road 41Alcalde, NM 87511(505).476.1165http://nmhistoricsites.org/los-lucerosFarolitos at Los Luceros Holiday festivities, including farolitos/luminarias and other Northern New Mexico holiday traditions. More information to come. Call 505.476.1165 for further information. SANTA FE ― New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a host of upcoming events planned this fall and winter: Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Fiesta of Cultures.Coronado Historic Site485 Kuaua, Bernalillo, NM 87004(505).867.5351http://nmhistoricsites.org/coronadoCome celebrate New Mexico’s diverse and unique cultures! Arts and crafts fair, archaeology demonstrations, historical reenactments, live animals, face painting and much more will be ongoing throughout the day. There is no admission fee, this event is open to the public. Sunday, Dec. 15, 12:30-4:30 p.m.Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul TaylorTaylor-Mesilla Historic Property2231 Avenida de Mesilla inside the Mesilla Town Hall.(575).524.3262 ext. 117http://nmhistoricsites.org/taylor-mesillaJoin us for a fascinating afternoon as you view more than 185 nacimientos (nativity scenes) on display in the Taylor family home. This impressive collection and the open house have become a local holiday tradition. The home is located at 2346 Calle Principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza. Free to members of the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument. $5 for non-members. Sponsored by the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument and New Mexico Historic Sites.
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I am a simple girl with simple tastes. In summer, one need not deliver to me a buffet of exotic delicacies to ensure my happiness. It is neither truffle nor sea urchin that tickles my hot weather fancy. All I really need, when I get down to the brass tacks of it, is a cold, delicious drink, a view of a deep blue expanse, and somewhere to find relief from the heat.If you thought food writers were all navel-gazers, you may have misjudged us. I, for one, prefer to gaze out at the sea.You may or may not have visited SALT, Shelter Island’s waterfront restaurant boasting superlative views. This article is not technically about SALT. This article is about the adjacent bar and snack shack, where you can get takeout from SALT, plus a bevy of drinks. You can also swim in a pool, hear live music, sit on a grassy knoll overlooking bobbing boats, and take in a summer evening in the most magical way possible. It really doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. I wasn’t joking about that. My husband knew that when he married me, which is why he conceded on building a swimming pool. Add a pool — any pool — to a bar destination and you really have made my day.The Shipwreck hinges around a 1930s-era vessel, a twin-mast boat anchored in the center of a cement pad that functions as bar, entertainment area, and music venue. Instead of a Pain Killer, the bar offers its own version, the Whale Killer: Cruzan rum, Coco Lopez, pineapple juice, a Sag Harbor dark rum floater, and a whiff of nutmeg. It goes down easy (a little too easy — hence the original drink’s famous name). When the heat fatigues you, head through the restrooms into the changing area and take a dip in the pool, where you can both hear the music and watch the boats dancing in the marina. This brand of relaxation doesn’t cost a penny.The full SALT menu can be ordered through the bar. Servers deliver it in takeout containers to your table. Monday night is burger night ($10, a Shelter Island steal). On Tuesday evenings, The Shipwreck hosts Trivia Night at 7 PM. Live performances take place every Thursday through Sunday. The comprehensive menu includes everything from fresh sushi (veggie rolls, spicy tuna rolls, shrimp tempura rolls, spicy lobster rolls) to oysters on the half shell to sandwiches to shellfish to shareable entrees, like steak frites.Do you have a boat? The Shipwreck is easier to get to by sea than by land. Call The Island Boatyard for docking instructions and pull up to a slip. (They can give you pricing and availability information over the phone. Just call 631-749-3333.) I can think of no finer way to bypass the Hamptons traffic this August.Like so many good things out east, this particular good thing must come to an end eventually. The Shipwreck is a seasonal delight, though that probably comes as no surprise — there’s no shelter, really, save for a flimsy piece of fabric over part of the patio that provides a partial respite from the midday sun. Enjoy these last weeks of summer, then — and yes, accept it, August is already here, and with it, summer’s winding, wending, final days. While the weather is still unacceptably hot — a reality we’ll fervently miss in the coming months — get yourself to The Shipwreck. Laze in the pool. Dawdle on the lawn. Drink a Whale Killer and ponder a second. If the sun slips into the water before you’ve had a chance to take stock of the day, know that you’ve done yourself proud. This is how summer is meant to be spent. Share
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