David Byrne (born May 14, 1952) is a Scottish-born musician and artist best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, which was active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his own solo projects on record, and worked in a variety of media, including film, photography, opera, and Internet-based projects. He has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards for his achievements. As a member of Talking Heads, Byrne is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Although a resident of the United States since childhood, Byrne is a British citizen.
O'Reilly spreads the knowledge of innovators through technology books, online services, and tech conferences. Find the technology resources you need at O'Reilly Media, a technology company at the leading edge.
Tim O'Reilly (Irish: Tadhg Ó Raghallaigh) (born June 6, 1954) is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) and a supporter of the free software and open source movements.
O'Reilly was initially interested in literature upon graduating from high school, but after graduating from Harvard College in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in Classics he became involved in the field of computer user manuals. He defines his company not as a book or online publisher, nor as a conference producer (though the company does all three), but as a technology transfer company, "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators." O'Reilly is on the board of CollabNet, and was on the board of Macromedia until its 2005 merger with Adobe Systems. In March 2007, he joined MySQL AB’s Board of Directors.
In 2001, O'Reilly was involved in a dispute with Amazon.com, leading a protest against Amazon's one-click patent, and specifically, Amazon's assertion of that patent against rival barnesandnoble.com. The protest ended with O'Reilly and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos visiting Washington D.C. to lobby for patent reform.
Welcome to TheBeatles.com - we have packed it with music, photographs, video and memorabilia. Create your own playlist of favourite Beatles tracks, and weave your way through a Beatles audio visual experience...
Peter Mel, born November 24, 1969 in Santa Cruz, California, is a professional surf boarder. Mel began his surfing life in Capitola, California before moving on to Santa Cruz. His father, John, who started the family business, Freeline Surf Design, the same year Pete was born, John made his boards over the years and gradually brought his son under his shaping wing. In the shadow of Steamer Lane locals Vince Collier, Kevin Reed and especially Richard Schmidt, Mel rose quickly through the line-up ranks with an unprecedented crop of young surfers. He idolized Schmidt for his casual demeanor on land and his bravery in larger surf. Like Schmidt, he would spend many winters in Hawaii, enjoying the less-restrictive conditions and developing his signature style, not to mention a taste for the big stuff.
Throughout the ’90s, Mel found moderate success on the domestic and ASP World Tour Qualifying Series, before finally finding his niche during California’s El Nino winter of 1997-98. At the age of 29, when most pros are hanging up their jerseys and looking hard for careers in the surfing industry, Mel was really just coming into his own.
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Known in Santa Cruz as the “Condor” for his extreme wingspan (A nickname Mel was less than fond of) , Pete was a shoo-in to claim the $50,000 Billabong XXL Big-Wave Challenge, for paddling into the winter’s biggest wave, but this was not to be and pete ended up just short of the honor that year. Mel finished eighth in the 1998 Surfer Magazine Reader’s Poll Awards and established himself as California’s premier big-wave rider. Today, Mel continues to shape and help run Freeline Surf Shop, the family business in Santa Cruz. As a shaper, he sees new materials as being the wave of the future. “With shaping,” he admits, “there’s not much more you can do, but the materials are going to get far lighter and stronger.” He has also acknowledges the limitations of paddle-in surfing and jumped directly to the forefront of the tow-in frenzy during the end of the 90's. On October 28, 1999, at Mavericks, he was towed into the biggest wave ever ridden on the West Coast. He still chases surf around the world, but chooses to spend most of his time focusing on his family and riding Mavericks, just an hour up the road. Mel lives on the East Side of Santa Cruz in the Pleasure Point area and is currently married with two children.
When The Little Stevies released their debut EP ‘Grow Up’ in 2006, it wasn’t without a sense of irony. Their first national release marked their 22nd year as an artistic unit – even if the first three of these were spent in diapers.
Founding members, sisters Sibylla and Bethany and their life-long friend Robin, did indeed grow up together, the offspring of two musical families whose members once formed part of an ARIA-winning pop band in the 1970s. It’s their long history of collaboration coupled with their relatively young age that makes their sound unique: exquisite three-part harmonies that soar above terrific pop melodies and catchy guitar hooks. Since 2008, their sound’s been expanded and matured by the band’s newest member, multi-instrumentalist Josh Barber on drums and percussion.
Over the last four years The Little Stevies have built up a reputation across Australia as an exceptional live act and attracted an army of loyal fans won over by their honest charm, witty banter and, not least of all, unique song-writing. Their lyrics are a mixture of the personal and the profound, each song a story that audiences are always keen to hear retold.
In 2009 The Little Stevies released their debut album Love Your Band. On the back of this widely praised work, the band have gone from strength to strength, wowing festival audiences, selling out major venues and, more recently, being invited to showcase at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee in February 2010. The music video for 'Sunshower', the first single from Love Your Band, has been nominated for an Inside Film Award, and the band recently released a short film to accompany their latest single 'Dink You', featuring the band circumnavigating the globe by bike.
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MySpace Music profile for Suzanne Neumann. Download Suzanne Neumann Acoustic / Alternative / music singles, watch music videos, listen to free streaming mp3s, & read Suzanne Neumann's blog.
Born in New Zealand, I have the dubious honour of being the first independent artist to achieve play-listing on New Zealand national radio with an original track. I moved to the UK in 2000 to pursue my music following very positive reviews in Sound on Sound and The Mix....however life took over.
In 2009 I finally returned to the studio, recording my second album, BlindSight, with Swedish producer, Milton. The story of how we met involves me falling down the stairs outside his bar the night of his 30th Birthday.....his first image of me was bruised and bleeding with shredded stockings! I like to make an unforgettable entrance...
I started writing when I was 13, after my original present of a pony was exchanged for a guitar following incompatibility issues (Psych 101, the reason for my fear of falling!) Writing has always been cathartic for me, my music the best way to express whatever it is Life is taking me through at the time.
While I play both guitar and piano, I am really more of a 'functional guitarist'. Fortunately I'm being joined by some very talented musicians in the creation of BlindSight, which is scheduled for release in March 2010.
Meanwhile please join me on Twitter (Follow Me On Twitter) and FaceBook (Join Me on FaceBook ) for latest updates and videos from the studio.
About Bryan White
Bryan White was born and raised in Lawton/Fort Sill, Oklahoma to a musical family. His parents and grandparents were musicians and singers. Growing up he listened to all kinds of music. His parents played in cover bands and, thanks to his father, he learned to play drums while he was still very young. He recalls that it came naturally to him and he became so good at the drums that his parents frequently invited him to play with them. Since their bands played all different styles of music, White feels it gave him a great perspective and helped to make him the diverse artist that he is today. Although country music has his heart, he loves and respects all kinds of musical expression.
One thing White never tires of mentioning is the day he heard the music of his musical mentor, Steve Wariner. “People talk about defining moments. For me, this was definitely one of them. I heard Steve’s voice and I immediately gravitated toward his tone and phrasing. I knew right then, at the age of fourteen, what I wanted to do with my life.” Fresh out of high school White says he packed up his guitar, drum sticks, angst, dreams, five hundred dollars and headed to Nashville to pursue a career in country music.
The move proved to be beneficial. He charted seventeen singles on Billboard's Country Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, he joined forces with Shania Twain and together they took “From This Moment On” all the way up to number four on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. He has garnered several awards for himself, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award among them. And, with his songwriting, he helped several other artists climb the charts; Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio both got in the top five with songs co-written by White and Wynonna, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Rimes and Lila McCann all recorded songs he co-wrote. The accolades led him to various TV appearances such as "The Tonight Show," "Late Night With David Letterman,” NBC's "The Today Show," and “CBS This Morning.” However, despite all of his music successes, it is an award from outside of the music arena that is probably the best indicator of who White really is; People Magazine named him one of their “fifty most beautiful people” in the world and everyone who knows him finds it easy to understand why.
White says he has always been grateful for all he’s been given throughout the years but now looking back in retrospect, he is more grateful than he’s ever been before. "To gain notoriety for doing something that's second nature has always amazed me," he says. "It's incredible that I've gotten to work with so many of the people who've influenced me. It still blows my mind."
White took some time off to get away from the craziness of the music business and to start a family. "After a decade of building my career and being on the road so much, I was spent, mentally and physically," he says. "I knew, I needed to get away and take some time to breathe and do some of the other things I had always dreamed of." He did just that by marrying the beautiful actress Erika Page (One Life To Live) and bringing sons Justin and Jackson into the world.
When asked how his life has changed during his break from the industry, White responds, “I found my true identity, not only as an artist and a songwriter, but as a human being. I realize now that life is an incredible gift and it’s meant to be lived on purpose. Music is a gift and a great vehicle but it’s really about what happens beyond the music for me. What kind of legacy did I leave as a husband, as a father, and a friend?”
White has just completed his eighth studio album entitled Dustbowl Dreams. It is a sonic sensation infused with stories about real life, coupled with pocket-grooves, rootsy acoustic parts, soaring pop-country melodies, and a passionate and energetic delivery that reaches into your soul touching on subject matter we all can relate to, But the underlying theme is never forgetting your roots; which, for White, is his Oklahoma pride. “The song 'Dustbowl Dreams' was inspired by my pride as an Oklahoman, my fascination with my lineage and history, and identifying with the grit, soul, and spirit of Oklahomans, especially during the Great American Dustbowl. I love to think of myself as a product of their perseverance. Dustbowl Dreams is, in essence, the American dream.”
When asked what he hopes to accomplish with this new album, he smiles confidently and says, “I’ve already swung the bat hard and put the ball out of the park. I have nothing left to prove but I have a lot more to say.” Inspired by his ancestors, his heritage, and pride, he is determined to once again make an impact with his music and use his platform for the greater good. Never forgetting his stellar past, he looks ahead with confidence, determination, and much anticipation to a future filled with more dreams; Dustbowl Dreams.
(April 22) -- From climate change to increased global air pollution, numerous challenges face the planet. But on the 40th anniversary Earth Day, AOL News asked two leading voices on the environment to reflect on the greatest triumphs of the past few decades.
For some a matter of indigenous pride, for others another sign of Bolivia's growing anti-US feelings, this humble local initiative has set its sights on competing domestically with giants such as Coca-Cola and Red Bull.
The beverage has a red-and-white label, tastes ultra-sweet, gives you a buzz and - says its producer - it keeps you awake.
But it is not the drink with similar effect and a similar name you might think it is.
An unlikely newcomer has made the world of soft drinks a little more crowded: Bolivia has started producing a new fizzy drink using the coca leaf.
A radical Islamic website is warning the creators of South Park that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during an episode broadcast on Comedy Central last week.
In the latest setback for EMI Group Ltd ., Sir Paul McCartney has joined a parade of well-known artists headed for the exits at the struggling global music giant, with Sir Paul handing worldwide distribution rights for his catalog of about 50 …
The Santa Cruz Film Festival invites you to celebrate the universal language of film, music and entertainment. The Festival will be presenting 133 films from 13 countries including 40 that were locally-produced.
”VenetianPrincess” Channel is the #1 most popular female channel on
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Hukilau is a new platform to create, fund and distribute independent film, video and ARG style projects. We aim to become the new model for film and video finding it's audience. Propose independent movie projects, get them funded. Become a producer, or simply be a participant by watching and rating movies. Hukilau is the new way to create, produce and distribute film and video projects.
Lou Reed Is Back With Experimental Music of 1970s.
It was dismissed as "career suicide" and a joke, and some fans returned the record thinking it was faulty, but rocker Lou Reed is re-releasing a digitally remastered version of his 1975 album "Metal Machine Music."
Profile for Barack Obama, 2008 presidential candidate. See where their money came from.
A table that lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
By Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent
After nearly being counted out, today was the start of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s comeback.
Elections in March gave Maliki’s main rival, the secular, Sunni-backed candidate Ayad Allawi, the smallest of victories. Since the elections, Allawi has been trying to form a government and fight off attempts to revise the vote count, a challenge led by Prime Minister Maliki.
Today, after receiving more than 300 complaints of voter fraud (most of them submitted by Maliki’s political party) Iraqi courts agreed to re-count votes cast in Baghdad. If the re-count finds fraud, it could tip the scales and give Maliki another term in office.
You are looking at Apple's next iPhone. It was found lost in a bar in Redwood City, camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got it. We disassembled it. It's the real thing, and here are all the details.
Innovation: Robots look to the cloud for enlightenment
Plink has developed a cellphone app that can identify virtually any work of art from a photograph.
A lost robot would take a photo of its location and send it via the Internet to an image-matching server; after matching the photo with its map-linked image bank, the server would reveal where the robot is.
With the phrase "web 2.0" falling out of vogue, the most exciting new uses of the internet are now all about the cloud, a term for servers invisibly doing smart, fast things for net users who may be on the other side of the world.
But it's not just humans that stand to gain, as a recent corporate acquisition by cloud pioneer Google demonstrates. Google has snapped up British start-up Plink, which has devised a cellphone app that can identify virtually any work of art from a photograph. Plink's app will bolster Google's Goggles service, which uses a cellphone camera to recognise objects or even translate text.
Unlike most cloud start-ups, Plink sprang from a robotics lab, not a Californian garage. Its story demonstrates how the cloud has as much to offer confused robots as it does humans looking for smarter web apps.
Internet2 members advance the state of art in networking. Internet2's broad range of activities and diverse membership community offer countless opportunities for participation and collaboration.
Internet2 is the foremost U.S. advanced networking consortium. Led by the research and education community since 1996, Internet2 promotes the missions of its members by providing both leading-edge network capabilities and unique partnership opportunities that together facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.
By bringing research and academia together with technology leaders from industry, government and the international community, Internet2 promotes collaboration and innovation that has a fundamental impact on the future of the Internet.
We are entrepreneurs who love the Internet and all the innovation and passion that surround it. We’ve dedicated our lives to this industry and are energized by the possibilities that abound. We believe that the people who build the products and those fabulous people who use them need to remain front and center in our minds and hearts.
We’ve all seen companies lose their heart – it’s when they go astray from those two most important groups and it can lead them down all kinds of crazy paths. So, to ensure that we keep our heart front and center, we’ve put it in our company name. It also takes courage to be an entrepreneur, the kind of courage that comes from the heart. Or, we’re just crazy. That could be it too.
Why “shiny heart”? We love shiny new things – who doesn’t? We’re building a really shiny one right now and can’t wait to show it to you and everyone.
Currency that can't be forged? Quantum mechanics could make it a reality – if only physicists can devise a code that can't be cracked
In God we trust; all others must pay cash Sign
on a market stall
THERE is something special about cold,
hard cash. Perhaps it is that its value is guaranteed by the government
of the day, or that you can stash it under the bed when a banking
collapse threatens. Maybe it is the freedom that cash allows: the
ability to live without banks or credit cards or taxes.
Quantum physicists think a lot about
cash. Not just any old money, you understand. They think about quantum
cash. Quantum banknotes aren't like credit cards or dollar bills. They
are simply information: a mixture of bits - the 0s and 1s that we use to
send electronic transactions - and quantum bits, or qubits, that are
governed by the laws of quantum mechanics and can be both a 0 and 1 at
the same time.
Since quantum money is just
information, it can be stored and transmitted just like a digital
picture or a text file. But because it has quantum properties too, it
cannot be copied. It is this combination that makes quantum cash so
attractive: whoever is in possession of it has exclusive and unequivocal
ownership of it, just as with hard, physical cash and unlike a credit
card. That is not the only use for quantum cash, though. To physicists,
quantum cash is a toy problem, a sort of test case with which to study
the strange properties of quantum mechanics.
Now the theoretical foundations are
almost in place that could one day allow quantum cash to become a
reality. These techniques could potentially be useful for other
applications, too, such as making software impossible to pirate.
The idea of quantum money was first
suggested in 1968 by Stephen Wiesner, a physicist then at Columbia
University in New York. He envisaged creating a banknote containing
light traps that could somehow store a few dozen photons. Being quantum
objects, photons can never be counterfeited thanks to something called
the no-cloning theorem. This states that quantum objects can never be
perfectly copied since any measurement of the original also destroys its
ability to be a 0 and a 1 at the same time and forces it to be one or