Penza: From Redwoods to the Redwood Bowl, it was a Saturday worth being in the rain

first_imgHaving there be rain here on the North Coast is basically like it being sunny and 75 down in San Diego 12 months out of there year.It’s a constant. It’s not a surprise.With that said, if you are a Humboldt County football fan, this Saturday was for you. Yes, even if it meant busting out more than just your parka and rain boots just to make sure you weren’t drying your clothes two days later.Whether it was at College of the Redwoods or the Redwood Bowl, it was quite a good football Saturday …last_img read more

Meet the nominees: Cape Town International Film Market Festival “Most Patriotic South African Arts Ambassador” Award

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with the Cape Town International Film Market Festival (CTIFMF), to strategically uncap the creative industries as an imperative contributor to the Nation Brand image and competitiveness. As a result, the “Most Patriotic South African Arts Ambassador” award category was created by Brand South Africa to promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism.A call to entry was put out, and the public had an opportunity to nominate young South African creatives doing amazing work in their respective fields. After a thorough adjudication process, the following three nominees were selected:Trevor NoahTrevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002. Trevor established a thriving stand-up comedy career in South Africa before he moved to the USA to expand his career opportunities. Zwai MbulaZwai Mbula is a South African marimba and percussion player who combines traditional African music with modern pop, Afro Jazz and World music. Zwai grew up in Guguletu Township in Cape Town and was surrounded by marimba music. He took up the marimba at age 12 when he joined a group at the local community centre. The group won the Shell Road to Fame Talent Show in South Africa in 1996.Zwai studied at The College of Music at The University of Cape Town and has played in a variety of bands across a range of different styles of music. For eight years, Zwai was a member of the very successful marimba band, Abakhaya who represented South Africa music at the FIFA World Cup of ’98. In 2010, Zwai released an album showcasing his musical heritage and conveying the spirit of South Afrian music. It features some of Cape Town’s top jazz musicians, including Allou April, Spencer Mbadu, Robbie Jansen, Nyamie Mbula and Lush Nqikashe. Russel HlongwaneRussel Hlongwane is an arts administrator and creative industries consultant. His area of interest is in heritage; tradition and modernity in South Africa and Africa as a broader frame. He is strongly engaged in film, music, and design with an interest in pedagogy and the mechanics of the creative economy.Based in Durban, Russel works with a broad range of arts organisations through his arts advocacy portfolio. These include Arterial Network, the Performing Arts Network of South Africa, KZNSA Gallery and ASSITEJ. Russel co-founded, Onexus Music Business, a music business education company that teaches emerging musicians about the ever-changing music industry. He recently established a lean consultancy, Cultural & Creative Commerce, a formal entity that allows his creative production and administrative based work to coalesce and exist in a complementary manner.last_img read more

Google Apps is a Model for Larry Page to Follow

first_imgI wonder how Larry Page will view Google Apps now that he is replacing Eric Schmidt as CEO. I have covered Google Apps more than any other news about Google. The view has provided me with an example of how Google has successfully built an ecosystem. From where I sit, it seems like a pretty solid model to follow. At its core are the right components:Google DocsGoogle CalendarGMailSitesIt fits with a number of associated services. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams It’s part of a a rich code base and API network:center_img Tags:#Analysis#cloud Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It fits with Android and the Chrome OS.The system encompasses Google App Engine, a framework for building apps. The one thing I do miss is Google Wave. It had been developing its own community of hackers. I was sorry to see it dropped.Google Apps attracts young developers who are creating services that use data and collaborative technologies in masterful ways. You can see it in the companies populating the categories in the Google Apps Marketplace.Will Google acquire any of these companies.? Undoubtedly. But I hope the emphasis is more about how the company can continue to be that flat, frictionless community network that keeps those startups and innovative services running.If Google keeps that focus, it will continue to be a creative hub. It may have its valleys and peaks but this is a company that has as much chance as any to have the longevity of a company such as IBM.Keeping focused on successes such as Google Apps will make Google a company that lasts. That’s why I hope Larry keeps the dreams of space travel a personal hobby. The future is in the data that fills any space. Rockets are cool. But an apps ecosystem? Now that can go way further than a space ship to Mars.last_img read more