2013 saw Trent Reznor write a new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks, tour heavily in support of the album with a stage show that is complete and utter eye-candy, and make an announcement for a new music streaming service called Beats Music which he has been working on with Dr. Dre. Yesterday, Reznor released a free 77-minute live concert film from the recent tour (which will be part of a live Blu-Ray DVD set for release in the Spring of 2014), and took to the internet to answer some questions from fans, via Reddit.Reznor revealed that Nine Inch Nails will definitely tour in 2014 with a different lineup than the current Tension 2013 Tour one, discussed – among other things – Beats Music, what his favorite synth to use is (a Prophet 12), the different aspects of production looked good on paper but wouldn’t translate to the actual stage, his favorite NIN album is The Fragile, attempts for he and James Franco to work together, his work with How To Destroy Angels, and some other funny banter with fans. Here are some excerpts from the session:On stage production –Rob and I have learned over the years that looking at renderings and imagining how things will look in real life always winds up quite different when you get to production rehearsals and see what you’ve built. Those few weeks of sitting in a warehouse is where everything comes together (hopefully). The end result of the Tension tour is very different than what we’d imagined, for a number of reasons, some of which are explained in the Vevo behind-the-scenes clip. For example, one of the many technical hurdles we didn’t expect: When we set up the two front semi-transparent LED screens we had custom made for this tour, we discovered that in front of each other their structure created a moire effect, weird black lines over any video content. We had to work around it (Disappointed is the only song that uses all three screens layered in front of each other, the sparse white lines minimized the moire effect).On The Fragile being a predominant album to choose from for the current tour:With the expanded lineup of Pino and the backup singers, I started reworking some older material at rehearsals and The Fragile became the most fertile place to pull from, for whatever reason (which is currently my favorite NIN album).On his work with Beats Music, and appeasing both artist and fan:I’ve spent the last 2+ years (along with Rob) designing this platform and genuinely look forward to presenting it to the world. Our goal was to create something we would genuinely be excited to use ourselves that focuses on the joy of discovering great music, ease of use, and was built from the ground up as something that becomes an asset to the musician as well. There’s much you’ll hear me say on this in the near future.His attempts to work with James Franco:James was set to direct an Amex Unstaged with us that we unfortunately had to cancel because we couldn’t get production together in time. I met with him several times and we had the start of a great idea. I am very disappointed this didn’t come together and hope we can do something in the future.Thoughts on touring:Here are some thoughts on touring: When we commit to a touring cycle, it usually is at least a year long, and can start to feel stale after X amount of time. What I’m doing this cycle is making each leg of the tour have its own identity. The festival run we did over the summer was very different from the Tension tour we just finished. We’re currently rehearsing with a new incarnation of the band for what’s ahead. This keeps things fresh from a musician’s perspective, but also keeps things interesting for fans in an era where every show ends up on YouTube. The setlist and presentation moving forward will be very different from what we just did. That’s part of the incentive behind releasing the Tension footage now. That was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the Fall of 2013, that I wanted the whole world to be able to see (just like you can see the festival footage on YouTube, which was its own thing). Yes, we are planning to return to North America in 2014…Read the entire Reddit AMA session here.[via Consequence of Sound]
Comtech Xicom Technology has announced a new GaN-based solid-state X-band block up converter (BUC) that packs a tremendous amount of power into a 5.3-pound (2.4 kg) antenna-mount outdoor unit. This compact, lightweight and highly capable BUC provides 20 watts of linear output power in a 5.8” x 5.1” x 3.9” (147mm x 130mm x 99mm) feed-mountable package designed to handle tough environments and meet stringent X-band RF requirements, while drawing very little power for extended battery operation.Model XTSLIN-20X-B1 features approximately 50 Watts of saturated output power, 25 Watts of linear power using MIL-STD-188-164 definition at mid-band, and more than 20 Watts of linear power across the 500 MHz frequency band (7.9 – 8.4 GHz) over a temperature range of -40⁰C to +60⁰C. This high linear output power level is achieved at less than 120W prime power consumption across all conditions, and comes in a self-cooled feed-mount package that can handle the toughest environments.The key of this unit’s compact size and light weight is its efficiency. It operates as a Class AB amplifier with DC prime power draw ranging from 108 W at 20 W linear RF power output, down to 60W at 2W linear power output. Optional proprietary features offer even greater efficiency at lower output power levels with Battery Saver mode to extend battery life when conditions allow, making this the most flexible BUC of its kind for man pack and transportable terminals.This new X-band BUC accepts a 950 to 1450 MHz L-band input and up converts it to a 7.9 to 8.4 GHz X-band output. This all solid-state unit uses GaN transistors to amplify the signal to achieve full output power. Additional features include temperature compensation, gain control, harmonic filtering, tight gain variation and stability, a serial RS-232 digital monitor and control interface, and options for operating with +24 or +48 VDC prime power, provided over the IF line or through a separate connector.Comtech Xicom Technology manufacturers a wide variety of tube-based and solid-state power amplifiers for military and commercial satellite uplink applications. Their product range encompasses power levels from 8 W to 3 kW, with frequency coverage in sub-bands within the 2 GHz to 45 GHz spectrum. They have amplifiers available for fixed and ground-based, ship-board, and airborne mobile applications.
WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 27th July, 2020 10:38 IST Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 27th July, 2020 10:38 IST Pirates Manager Shelton Argues Through Mask, Gets 1st ML Win Pittsburgh’s Derek Shelton staged baseball’s first major, socially distanced umpire argument, then got his first victory as a big league manager as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday. Pittsburgh’s Derek Shelton staged baseball’s first major, socially distanced umpire argument, then got his first victory as a big league manager as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Sunday.Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered, and Mitch Keller pitched five solid innings for the Pirates.Shelton came out to argue with plate umpire Jordan Baker in the third inning after pitcher Derek Holland was ejected from the dugout for arguing balls and strikes.Shelton pulled a gaiter over his face as he left the dugout, and Baker pulled a face mask out of his pocket and held it to his face as Shelton argued from about six feet away. Baker let Shelton say his peace, and the first-year skipper was not ejected.Pittsburgh avoided being swept and beat the Cardinals for just the second time in their last 14 meetings.Keller (1-0) faced St. Louis for the first time in his career. He gave up one run, two hits and three walks while striking out three. His only blemish came when Kolten Wong scored on Tommy Edman’s infield single in the third inning.Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (0-1) gave up four runs, including two homers, in 4 1/3 innings. Hudson lost for the first time in four career starts against the Pirates, and it was his first loss against an NL Central opponent after winning his previous five starts in 2019.Pittsburgh scored three runs in the fourth. Moran homered with two outs, and that was followed by Phillip Evans’ infield single and a two-run shot to center by Osuna for a 3-1 lead.Jacob Stallings scored on a sacrifice fly from Josh Bell to make it 4-1 in the fifth. They made it 5-1 in the eighth when Bell scored from first on a Phillip Evans double.RUNNING OUT OF DAYLIGHTHudson lost for just the third time in 14-day game starts. He is now 7-3 in afternoon games.MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUTSPirates RHP JT Brubaker threw two scoreless innings in his major league debut. Brubaker had spent the last five years in the minor leagues.Cardinals RHP Kodi Whitley also made his major league debut in a relief appearance in the top seventh. He retired all three batters he faced.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: OF Gregory Polanco (COVID-19) remains out of the lineup. Shelton has been checking in with him back in Pittsburgh. “I talked to (Polanco) two days ago. The reports have been good. I know he’s working out again today.” Shelton said. “As we continue to see him, we’ll make an evaluation of when he’ll be back.”Cardinals: OF Harrison Bader was out of the starting lineup after being hit by two pitches Saturday. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said it felt like the right time just to give Bader a break. “Harrison’s fine. You know, he’s a tough dude.” … RHP Giovanny Gallegos (undisclosed illness) is expected to be added the roster for Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.UP NEXTPirates: LHP Steven Brault (4-6, 5.16 ERA in 2019) will face the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday for the Pirates home opener. Brault is 1-3 in 10 career starts against the Brewers.Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (4-2, 3.17 ERA, 24 saves in 2019) makes his first start for the Cardinals since July 30, 2018, Tuesday in Minnesota against the Twins to start a seven-game road trip. Martinez is 0-2 in his career against the Twins. FOLLOW US
iStock/Thinkstock(LIMA, Ohio) — Lily Whittaker’s First Communion dress may have been the typical white color, but it was far from average.The dress was made from the wedding gown that Lily’s mother, Quinn Whittaker, wore, which was made by her grandmother, Suzanne Kelley.Whittaker, of Lima, Ohio, said she started to panic a few weeks before Lily’s May 7th First Communion when she realized she did not yet have a dress for her daughter, or much time to shop. She was nine months pregnant at the time.When she saw her own wedding dress hanging in her 8-year-old daughter’s closet, she said she had a stroke of inspiration.“I’ve kept it in her closet and I never got it preserved or anything,” said Whittaker, who will celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary in July. “Originally, I thought my mom would make a christening gown with it but that didn’t happen because we have a family gown.”Whittaker’s mom, Suzanne Kelley, also of Lima, happens to be a seamstress in her spare time. She creates handmade items like prom dresses and princess dresses for her three children and nine grandchildren, including Lily.Kelley, who could not be reached, was preparing for a trip to Florida, but did not hesitate when her daughter asked her to take on the dressmaking challenge.“She didn’t have any qualms about it,” Whittaker said. “I will say that she did say, ‘Are you sure want to do this? Because once I start we can’t go back.’”Lily gave her grandmother the guidelines that she wanted her dress to be “flowy” and “princess like.” Whittaker and Kelley then found a combination of patterns they liked and Kelley quickly created her granddaughter’s dream First Communion gown.Lily Whittaker, 8, of Lima, Ohio, wore a First Communion dress made from her mother’s wedding gown.The only parts that remain of Whittaker’s wedding gown are now the very top and the very bottom sections of the dress.“My mom held it up and said, ‘This is what left,’” Whittaker recalled. “I had a little pang of, ‘Oh this is sad,’ but when I saw the finished product on Lily it made me feel good because it looked beautiful.”Lily received many compliments on her unique dress, during what Whittaker described as an “emotional” First Communion celebration.“She is our oldest, so watching her go through that sacrament was in and of itself great. But then seeing her in that dress, it was emotional,” Whittaker said. “We were so proud of her, too.”Kelley returned home from her trip in time to watch her granddaughter receive the sacrament in the wedding gown she’d previously helped her daughter select.“She’s just the best grandmother and is so willing to do these types of things and puts her heart and passion into whatever it is she does,” Whittaker said about her mom.The scraps from Whittaker’s wedding dress will probably see a second life in a few years at the First Communion of her middle child, 5-year-old Jack.“He’ll be getting a tie made out of mom’s wedding dress,” Whittaker said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Related