Life Is Beautiful Announces Diverse 2017 Lineup Of Performers, From Gorillaz To Bill Nye

first_imgToday, Life Is Beautiful unveiled the lineup for their 2017 event, set to take place in the neon-illuminated environs of Downtown Las Vegas from September 22nd – 24th, 2017. The festival will feature a diverse mix headlining performances by Chance The Rapper, Muse, Gorillaz, Lorde, Blink-182, The XX, Kaskade, Wiz Khalifa, and Pretty Lights. Festival circuit staples and old favorites including MGMT, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club, Lil Dicky, Sean Paul, Cage The Elephant, Schoolboy Q, Zeds Dead, Slightly Stoopid, Pusha T, De La Soul, Big Gigantic, The Revivalists, and many more.In true Vegas style, the weekend will also feature Cirque Du Soleil exhibitions, a comedy showcase, and a session dubbed “Ideas featuring Bill Nye,” your friendly neighborhood “science guy.” You can check out the full lineup card below:Tickets go on sale this Thursday, April 27th, via the festival website.[Cover photo via Life Is Beautiful]last_img read more

Free pine straw

first_imgMowing. Contoured pine strawislands, with just a few plants, can replace large areas ofhigh-maintenance lawn. Where you already have groups of shrubs ortrees, use pine straw to tie them together, he said. Then youwon’t have to mow around them individually.Watering. Sunshine and windwill take away much less water if the soil surface is coveredwith mulch, he said. Reduce water needs with pine straw mulcharound shrubs and in flower beds.Weeding. Mulches help controlweeds, he said. That provides two advantages: One, you don’t haveto pull weeds yourself. And two, you don’t have to spray chemicalherbicides around your yard. Extension foresters say pine straw actually falls year-round. Butneedle-fall is heaviest in fall, winter and early spring.If you have more pine straw than you can use in the fall, justfind an out-of-the-way place to pile it up and save it.Next spring, you could be happy you did. For all the reasons it’sso good in your landscape, pine straw can be just as valuable asa mulch in your vegetable garden.It can help keep the soil moist in small gardens, raised bedgardens or small beds of vegetable plantings. It can be good formulching small fruits, too, such as strawberries or blueberries.It can also help keep soil from washing from heavy rains,Westerfield said. That protects water quality and keeps you fromhaving to repair eroded areas.Here are some tips, he said, to help make the most of your pinestraw.Don’t replace. Replenish. One ofthe benefits of mulching, he said, is the organic matter it addsto the soil as it decomposes. Don’t remove the old straw. Justadd new straw on top of the old to make a layer at least 2 to 4inches thick. That’s the least it will take to be effective.Don’t pile it on too thick. “Idon’t know that it will hurt so much,” Westerfield said. “But anymore than about 6 inches just won’t do any more good.”Leave room around the stems.Especially with azaleas, he said, mulch piled up around the stemscan lead a second root system to develop. That often happens atthe expense of the deeper roots, which leaves the azalea evenmore susceptible to drought damage.Don’t just stuff it underneath.Spread it beyond the drip line, the line right under theoutermost leaves. Getting it over the feeder roots is the key, hesaid.Mulch young trees. It’s reallyimportant in the first two or three years, he said. Withshallow-rooted trees like dogwood, redbud or crape myrtle it’sgood to mulch even after that.Don’t use landscape fabric under thestraw unless your main purpose is complete weed control.If that’s the case, you won’t need as thick a layer of straw.In most cases, Westerfield said, pine straw that’s 2 inches deepafter it settles does 90 percent of what you’d expect the fabricor plastic liner to do. And 4 to 5 inches of fresh straw willsettle to about 2 inches.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia pines have started raining pine straw early this year.And yes, somebody has to rake it all up. But pine straw can bemore of a blessing than a chore, said University of Georgiaspecialist Bob Westerfield.”If you use it right, pine straw can actually help you have lessyard work to do,” said Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extensionconsumer horticulturist.Pine straw can free you, he said, from having to do so much:last_img read more

WATCH: Mountain Bike Goes Airborne After High-Speed Pass

first_imgThis short video, originally shared on the Cycling Today Twitter account, shows dash cam footage of every mountain biker and cyclists worst nightmare. In the video, an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed and hauling what appear to be two high end mountain bikes, loses one of the bikes to gravity after hitting a bump in the road. The driver continues on, seemingly oblivious to the carnage unfolding in his rear view, while the full suspension rig bounces off the pavement like some child’s play thing before narrowly missing another vehicle and careening off into a nearby field. Talk about a bad day.This is the nightmare for any bike owner pic.twitter.com/T1JhIpqu75— Cycling Today (@CyclingTodayEn) May 15, 2017last_img read more

Take the good listener test

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Are you a good listener? Are you sure? Almost all of us consider ourselves to be good listeners. But would others agree with that assessment?I do a lot of work with executives on understanding their blind spots. We uncover disconnects between how they see themselves and how others see them.Almost every executive believes he or she is a good listener. And yet this is often one of their biggest blind spots. Outside feedback is crucial. The problem is, if you ask a colleague if you are a good listener, chances are excellent he or she would say yes. If you want the real answer, you need to ask slightly different questions. continue reading »last_img read more