I have recently discovered the Peruvian band Laguna Pai. They blend tradition peruvian themes with Reggae and Rock to produce an amazing hybrid. Here are two of their recent productions.
I completed this composition for drum set, bass guitar, and keyboard on February 18–19, 2021. The images of hot air balloons are inspired by the time I spent with my family in Louisville, KY, where we saw them frequently.
En las ultimas semanas he subido a YouTube varios arreglos de canciones de adviento y navidad. La mayoría son arreglos que compuse mientras trabajaba de Director de Alabanza de la Iglesia Unida de Cristo en Chape Hill, Carolina del Norte. Los he actualizado, haciendo pequeñas mejorías de las partituras instrumentales. Over the past few weeks… Continue reading Música de Adviento y Navidad (Music for Advent and Christmas)
Escuchar a estos dos jóvenes peruanos me da mucha esperanza en cuanto al futuro. El racismo es un problema mundial, y requiere el esfuerzo de muchísima gente enfrentarlo, pero si hablamos con franqueza y honestidad, podemos lograr cambios reales.
I made a much needed trip to the grocery store today and was delighted to see our local Trader Joe’s enforcing social distancing in Chapel Hill. They’ve limited the number of people allowed in the store at one time and required six feet between people standing in line waiting to enter. Worse than the WHO,… Continue reading Social Distancing and Face Masks in Chapel Hill and Taipei
Today I added a page introducing Greg Jackson’s “History that Doesn’t Suck.” He and his team produce a slightly irreverent, but well-researched podcast on American History through entertaining stories. I highly recommend it. You can access the page here.
In 2012 Nikola Danaylov interviewed David Ferrucci, who had been leader of the IBM Watson project. On December 15, 2019 he interviewed him again. This time, about his work since the Watson project, including his current work with Elemental Cognition, a far more ambitious AI project. The interview address the challenges facing any effort to… Continue reading Elemental Cognition
Bernard Marr has written an article for Forbes examining the use of Artificial Intelligence in the production of fragrances. Wait… AI can’t smell, can it? It can’t, but that doesn’t seem to be a hindrance. It is able to predict what smells we will like based on their chemical composition! I recommend the article. Read… Continue reading Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?
In this video Diane August, managing researcher at American Institutes for Research, explains some of the key distinguishing elements of dual language programs as well as some of the challenges faced by school districts in implementing them. The full report referenced in this video, a joint production of the U.S. Department of Education with the… Continue reading How does Dual Language Instruction Work?