Google Launches Chrome Music Lab To Encourage Everyone To Learn Music

first_imgLearning about music is now more accessible than ever. As part of this year’s Music In Our Schools month, Google Chrome is testing out new technologies that allow everyone to learn music, so long as they have a computer and the Internet. According to the website, Chrome Music Lab is a “collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They’re collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API.” Science Confirms That People Who Play Music Are Smarter Than Others [Watch]So far, users are able to to create, analyze, and visualize music right in the browser without any plug-ins. You can see what sound looks like, how melody works, create rhythms, and can even turn your own drawings into music. Take a look at some of the technology they’ve incorporated to make this possible.Still in it’s experimental phase, the program is currently open-sourced to allow coders to go in an build their own ideas. Check out what Chrome Music Lab is capable of, and explore the site yourself. Watch the demonstration video below:[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

Gay alumni group to present awards

first_img “I don’t feel deserving, but I’m humbled, I’m honored,” Fehrenbach said about receiving GALA’s first distinguished alumni award. Fehrenbach graduated from Notre Dame’s Air Force ROTC. During his 19 years in the Air Force, he was deployed six times and earned nine air medals, one of which was awarded for heroism. The group, which is not officially associated with the University, will present the award to Fehrenbach at a Saturday event. “I never did this for me … my goal was always to help others,” Fehrenbach said. “So I’ll do whatever it takes, whether it’s legal, whether it’s public opinion, whether it’s political. I’ll do whatever it takes to see [‘don’t ask, don’t tell’] repealed.” “I found that the friends I met there, even if you don’t see them for five years, it just picks up again. … Those friends are always your friends no matter what happens,” he said. “Gosh, I think I’ve heard from at least half my class from Air Force ROTC.” In August, Fehrenbach filed a complaint and requested a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court because he believed he would be discharged from the Air Force as a result of investigations under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Resulting negotiations reached a stipulation agreement, which Fehrenbach said requires the Air Force to notify a judge of an intention to discharge him. Fehrenbach will also participate in a panel discussion Saturday at the Notre Dame Law School about “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He said he hopes it will provide a better understanding of this military policy. When he began to look for a lawyer, several legal firms contacted him with an interest in his case. He chose M. Andrew Woodmansee, who earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Notre Dame, in part due to his ties to the University. Fehrenbach will be eligible to retire from the Air Force in September 2011, but if he is discharged he will not earn retirement benefits. The Air Force began to investigate Fehrenbach’s conduct under “don’t ask, don’t tell” in 2008, after a civilian accused Fehrenbach of sexual assault. In order to clear his name of the allegation, Fehrenbach said he admitted to conduct that violated “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College (GALA) will give Fehrenbach its distinguished alumni award this weekend in South Bend. Liam Dacey, GALA chair and 2004 Notre Dame graduate, said GALA created the distinguished alumni award this year to honor Notre Dame graduates who are leaders for the gay community. Fehrenbach’s case, which he said would not reach a trial for 18 to 24 months, contains arguments both for his personal circumstance and against “don’t ask, don’t tell” as a whole. “One of the things I liked about that was I think I know and understand where Notre Dame people come from and what their values are,” Fehrenbach said. “So that part of it was a factor since I sort of knew the type of man he was.” “I was probably just like any young, Catholic kid growing up — you watch Notre Dame football,” Fehrenbach said. “I had always wanted to go there.” Fehrenbach said he met Dacey and learned more about GALA in March at an event for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a nonprofit group representing gays in the military, which is serving as co-counsel in his case. He said he looks forward to returning to South Bend this weekend for the GALA event because it has been a year since he was last on campus. “I only made those statements to clear my name,” he said. “The other option was to lie and that wasn’t an option.” The summer between his freshman and sophomore years at Notre Dame, Fehrenbach said he considered leaving the ROTC program and finding another means of paying tuition. But a speech by Sen. John McCain at the Republican National Convention about his own experience in the military and as a prisoner of war changed his opinion.center_img “We thought of a new award this year as well to go along with the Tom Dooley Award,” Dacey said. “Here’s somebody who’s a war hero, who graduated from Notre Dame.” Fehrenbach’s legal team is arguing that his discharge would cause him irreparable harm. Fehrenbach also said many of his friends from Notre Dame have contacted him to express their support. “That speech just changed my life,” he said. “From that moment on I just felt this overwhelming commitment to serve my country.” Fehrenbach has never publicly said he is gay, although the law allows the military to investigate based on either a statement or conduct. Fehrenbach said many legal experts have told him his case has the potential to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. The precedent set by Maj. Margaret Witt’s case, in which a U.S. District Court ordered Witt’s reinstatement into the Air Force Sept. 24 after a discharge based on “don’t ask, don’t tell,” will help his argument, he said. He became friends with Witt because their cases are intertwined, and was present for the decision in her case last week. Their argument also challenges the Air Force’s ability to prove that Fehrenbach’s presence in a military unit creates an “unacceptable risk,” which the policy, passed in 1993, states is a result of having members of the military “who demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts.” When he was notified of the Air Force’s investigation in 2008, Fehrenbach said he found another job and prepared to leave the military. He decided, however, to argue his case because he said he realized he could form a strong argument. Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a 1991 Notre Dame graduate and decorated Air Force pilot, is currently fighting for his rights under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Fehrenbach said Witt inspired him to pursue legal action in his own situation. In addition, he has received encouragement from many members of the Notre Dame community. “Actually, my case … is an as-apply challenge,” he said. “But we also have constitutional arguments as well, as declaring it unconstitutional across the board.” He said he entered the Air Force’s ROTC program as a freshman because the Air Force would pay for his education and fulfill his dream of attending Notre Dame. He worked as an information management officer after his graduation from Notre Dame before going to flight school to become a fighter pilot. Since that time, he has flown 88 combat missions in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan during his six deployments. Fehrenbach said he decided to commit not only the minimum four years of service in the Air Force required by ROTC, but his entire career. During his senior year, he was corps commander of the University’s Air Force ROTC and was ranked as a cadet colonel, the highest rank in the ROTC program. “I think not just Notre Dame students, but the public in general doesn’t have a full understanding of what this law is and how it is in practice,” Fehrenbach said. “In other words, I guess if you see something wrong, you should take every opportunity you’re given to do something about it.”last_img read more

Nudgee property, on two lots, sells under the hammer

first_img21 Lionel St, Nudgee.A home at 21 Lionel St, Nudgee, has provided the perfect property ladder step-up for one northside couple.The first-time buyers kept seven other registered bidders at bay on February 4 to secure the two-bedroom, one-bathroom home on 810sq m for $533,000. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201921 Lionel St, Nudgee.Amy Ireland, a sales consultant with Harcourts Pinnacle – Aspley, said the large site and renovation potential appealed to buyers.“It (bids) came down to $500 increments at one stage, so it was a long and spirited auction,” she said. And while Miss Ireland said the result exceeded the seller’s expectations, the buyers proved they could also spot a good deal.“I think they’ve got a great big block with a beautiful house with plenty of potential for an excellent price,” she said.Miss Ireland said buyers who identified well-located Nudgee investments with great potential were sure to profit.The house was on two lots, but Miss Ireland said council restrictions stopped the dwelling being removed, so subdivision was not possible. The restriction, however, helped the buyers to secure the property at a reasonable price.“Otherwise, if it was a splitter block, it would have been well into the mid-$600,000s,” she said.Miss Ireland said demand in Nudgee was high – and there were plenty of facilities to attract purchasers“We’re finding most properties are selling within seven-to-14 days – houses are moving, often with multiple buyers,” she said. “It’s an excellent market.”last_img read more

Friday July 31st KGLO Morning News

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first_imgMinister Joe McHughLetterkenny is to receive €20,000 in funding for Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht service towns.The announcement was welcomed by Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh TD.He said “I welcome the announcement from the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources, Seán Kyne T.D. that he has approved funding of €85,000 for Foras na Gaeilge to commence the language process for the recognition of Irish Language Networks and Gaeltacht Service Towns under the Gaeltacht Act 2012, including up to €20,000 being made available for Letterkenny.” This funding of €85,000 will support five community groups in language planning at local level to prepare local language plans with the objective of achieving the status of ‘Irish Language Network’.This includes two grants of up to €20,000 to be made in respect of successful applications from Letterkenny and Galway City, in order to help them achieve the status of ‘Gaeltacht Service Town’.Minister McHugh added “I had the pleasure of announcing Letterkenny among the list of towns to be recognised as Gaeltacht Service Towns while serving as Minster for the Gaeltacht. This was a massive step forward in the language planning process as it relates to language communities outside the Gaeltacht being given statutory recognition as Gaeltacht Service Towns, and is an important step in achieving the objectives of the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.“I wish to commend all of the stakeholders on their work to date and I hope they will continue working together in these towns to prepare and implement a language plan.” LETTERKENNY TO RECEIVE €20K FOR IRISH LANGUAGE NETWORKS was last modified: July 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:irish languageMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more