You know those low-profile (well, not really, but nice try) shows that Arcade Fire (aka The Reflektors) is putting on this weekend? Well, tickets went on sale at noon yesterday, and as anybody could imagine, sold out in about 2 seconds (literally). That’s cool. We get it. Arcade Fire is huge; of course two intimate shows will sell out quickly. Unfortunately, a good portion of those tickets were scooped up by scalpers – those vile, money-grubbing, puke buckets, that sell tickets for anywhere from 50x to 500x the actual value of the ticket.Tickets for the shows, which are to be played tonight and tomorrow, at 299 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, immediately went up on the likes of Stubhub for the reasonable scalper prices of $175-$2000. Yeah, that’s what our eyes did when we read those numbers too. Tickets were approximately $50 to start out. While any real fan has a pit in their stomach when seeing the ridiculous pricing of these tickets, we really have to ask ourselves the real important question: How do we stop this?Of course, we have the option of not purchasing these PED’d up prices, but that means that EVERYBODY has to take a stand against this practice, and not purchase tickets from scalpers at all. And, to be honest, it’s just difficult to do that. It would be great if companies like Stubhub took a stand and put ceilings on the percentage increase you are allowed to charge for tickets. Either way, it sucks to pay anymore than what a ticket is worth, but we have to start somewhere.Companies like CashOrTrade.org‘s mission is to help fans obtain tickets at face value, participate in trades with other fans for tickets to other shows, and to provide an alternative to scalping. The system is based on legitimate fans doing the right thing, and it is most certainly a start in the right direction. Spreading the word and letting people know there is an alternative is definitely one way to fight the scalping demons. However, even that won’t solve the problems; it’s a start, but we need more than that. We need laws put in place, we need authorities to come down hard on the practice of scalping, and there needs to be a lot of pressure put on these secondary ticketing companies to police their sites more efficiently.Even then, there will always be some form of scalping. It’s not simply going to go away. If someone wants to make some extra cash off a ticket to a high-profile event, they will find a way. But, it shouldn’t be this easy. With any show, not just the Arcade Fire show, or the intimate Billy Joel show the other night on Long Island, the people that suffer the most are the real fans. Some of us can barely afford the actual cost of the ticket as it is. Events like this should be enjoyed without having to put yourself in bankruptcy. People need to be held accountable. This conversation has gone on way too long, with no results.
The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team has been penalized for a safety violation following Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.Per Sections 10.9.10.4, the No. 1 Chevrolet was found to have lug nut(s) not safe and secure in post-race inspection. Crew chief Matt McCall has been fined $10,000.Jamie McMurray piloted the No. 1 Chevrolet to a runner-up finish in the first event at the Charlotte road course.MORE: Full results from the RovalNo Xfinity Series teams were penalized following Saturday’s race at the Roval.
Editor’s Note: This story was first published when the rules package for short tracks and road courses was announced on January 14. This weekend’s race at Phoenix Raceway marks the first time that package will be used. NASCAR officials announced rules changes Tuesday for the 2020 Cup Series season, introducing a reduced-downforce package designed to enhance competition on road courses and the circuit’s shorter oval tracks.The changes include significantly smaller spoilers, splitters and other aerodynamic devices in an effort to place a greater emphasis on handling and driver input with less stabilizing downforce on those tracks. The package draws inspiration from similar rules used in the 2017-18 seasons.MORE: 2020 Cup Series schedule“Our first and foremost core goal is to deliver great racing, and I think that we constantly evaluate the things that we do on the race track, however and wherever we need to, to improve that situation for them,” said John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development. “And as part of our normal ongoing critique of ourselves and how we’re doing, we just felt like this was a good opportunity for us to improve the on-track product at the short tracks and road courses.”Among the changes for those specific tracks:A significantly smaller rear spoiler, which shrinks from an 8-inch height to 2.75 inches.The front splitter’s overhang will now measure a quarter-inch (down from 2 inches), with approximately 2-inch wings (reduced from 10.5 inches).Alterations to the radiator pan, removing its vertical fencing in an effort to reduce front-end downforce. The dimensions of the pan remain the same.The changes will be in effect for nine of the 24 layouts — three road courses and six ovals — that the NASCAR Cup Series will visit in 2020.The six oval tracks that will use the new rules this season:Bristol Motor Speedway (.533 miles)Dover International Speedway (1 mile)Martinsville Speedway (.526 miles)New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058 miles)Phoenix Raceway (1 mile)Richmond Raceway (.75 miles)All three road courses on the Cup Series schedule will have the new rules in place:Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28 miles)Sonoma Raceway (2.52 miles)Watkins Glen International (2.45 miles)“When we consider changes to the aero package, we often can look back on our playbook, if you will, from seasons past,” Probst said, “and there’s obviously some trade-offs that you make between introducing something completely new that the industry has never seen versus something that we have run before where we have a playbook from our side and (teams) have setup books from their end. We felt like we were going to look at aero packages that we have run in the past, and looking back at a lot of competitive metrics that we track, we feel like the 2017 levels of downforce on those types of tracks had pretty good side-by-side racing that our fans enjoyed.“So instead of just coming out and creating a completely new aero spec that’s unknown to possibly us and more importantly the industry, we felt like we’d go back to something that’s tried and true for us and go back to a package that we had run recently. At the same time, we did make some small adjustments to that package so that it would fit with our current intermediate speedway package so that we’d minimize further the necessity of the teams to have to develop this package.”Probst said that the aerodynamic changes were met with a “broad base of support” in meetings that were initially held with stakeholders — spanning drivers, team engineers and managers, Goodyear representatives, manufacturers and broadcast partners — during NASCAR Champions Week in December at Nashville, Tennessee.“Certainly from our standpoint, we feel like this is a step in the right direction to create more side-by-side, exciting moments during the race,” Probst said. “Obviously the proof will be in the pudding, but this is certainly something that we have run before that’s had good results.”
Andy Frasco & The U.N. are urging fans to “stay the f*ck home” and are performing live together for the first time since quarantine for a two-night interactive online concert experience. Frasco, accompanied by his U.N. group of Ernie Chang, Shawn Eckels, Andee Avila, Floyd Kellogg, and Chris Lorentz will be playing two sets of music at Denver, CO’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom this weekend on August 21st and 22nd.This 100% interactive online concert experience will take fans on a wild night of music, complete with surprise sit-ins and quirky extracurriculars as the night’s performance goes on. The group will also be playing their latest album, Keep On Keepin’ On in its entirety for the first time. Fans will be able to choose how and what the band does throughout the performance to make it an at-home virtual concert experience.“We’re throwing a 100% interactive experience with our fans where they are in complete control of our lives for two sets each night. It’ll be based on a polling system where the viewers will vote on the next thing we do… from playing ‘Keep on Keepin’ on in its entirety, to picking songs we haven’t played in years,” Frasco said. “Viewers will also have the choice to vote on what extracurriculars we do – whether it’s a two song stay at home dance party with DJ sleepy, or a brand new sketch video we would make that week, even what drugs we take on stage. This will be the first time the band has seen each other for 5 months so it should get pretty interesting.”Watch Frasco’s rundown of the show below:Fans can tune in this weekend from 7–10pm MT for two nights of at-home concert shenanigans with Andy. General admission, VIP, and two-day ticket options are available. VIP packages include a ticket to the stream, t-shirt, and a signed screen print poster by Amor de Verano Studio. Fans who want an all-inclusive experience can purchase Super VIP tickets that includes an additional two-night Zoom FroDown with Andy after the show each night. The Zoom party will feature drinking games and a Stay The F*ck Home Dance Party.To purchase tickets, click here.
Services todayLelia Jeannine Lampman Dennis, First Baptist Church, Beaumont, 2 p.m.Mary Frances Hammond, Melancon’s Funeral Home, 10 a.m. Essie Maude Espinosa, 75, of Winnie died Monday, July 25, 2016. Broussard’s, Winnie.Fred Manley, 77, of Nederland, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.Bessie Mae Downing of Port Arthur died Sunday, July 24, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Bobby J. Landry, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 11 a.m.Rose M. Karr, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 2 p.m. Death noticesBessie Mae Downing, 92, of Port Arthur died Sunday, July 24, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Joys Emmett “Buster” Shelburne Jr., 64, of Beaumont died Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, BeaumontMargie L. Martin, 89, died Monday, July 24, 2016. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.
Welcome to the Wednesday Group Ride, a collection of small news bits from the overload of info coming into our offices. Stuff that we simply don’t have time to do a full story on but wanted to share anyway.State Bicycle Co. has added a Black Label Series, a 6061 aluminum track bike with a double butted, TIG welded frame and Essor full carbon fiber fork. It’s built up with a SRAM S100 crankset, flip-flop hub and house brand Pista drop bars. Retail for the complete bike is $759 with a choice of five frame colors.Lots more random bike stuff below… The Mudhugger comes out of the UK, where riding in foul weather is virtually guaranteed if you want sufficient trail time. Front and rear models attach to suspension frames with ease, with the front handling any wheel size and the rear units generally accommodating 26″ and 27.5″ tires or 29ers depending on model.Flexr Sports has developed an insulated water bottle with a disposable, biodegradable and BPA-free liner. Don’t like residual flavors or cleaning? Just pull out the liner and replace it. It also eliminates sloshing – the liner collapses on itself as you drink. The easy squeeze body and quick spout make it easy to gulp a lot, too.While we’re on disposables, Coghlan’s new Adhesive Signal Light is an LED blinky that’s hermetically sealed against moisture and dust, making it an ideal (but not reusable) emergency flasher. It’ll run 80 hours and can be seen up to a half mile away. Set it to fast or slow strobe, solid or off. It’s just 2″ tall and about as thick as a credit card and weighs next to nothing. Retail is just $5.99.The new Praxtour CTR takes indoor cycling to a new level of realism. Fans blow air across you, lending an air of movement while their onscreen workouts move at the pace you’re pedaling. Numerous videos of European classic road bike races are available. The entire bike rocks and tilts to simulate climbing and descending, also tied to the actual terrain in the videos. It’s all touch screen and self contained, too, just plug and play. You can even sync up and race your friends. Assuming, of course, you can each shell out the $6,000 asking price. Too much? They have less expensive systems that use your own bike and PC.Along those premium lines, the Buxum Tourmalet Bike Box could be the toughest bike case out there. With reinforced corners, all-aluminum construction and an internal anti-crush system protect your bike from the worst that baggage handlers can do. Solid yet adjustable fork and axle mounts hold your frame tightly in place with space all round it. Four steel twist latches close it tightly and can be locked. Weight is about 26.5lbs, keeping it in line with ABS plastic versions from other brands. There’s also the Ventoux (for larger bikes) and Galibier (for bikes with S&S Couplers). For now, shipping costs from Hong Kong bring the total for U.S. customers to about $1,050, but they’re looking for North American distribution soon.CloseoutBikes.com, which we reported on here, has changed names to Bike2020. As in 20/20 vision on the new-old-stock bike you want. Don’t remember what they do? Simple: They help bike shops sell through prior model year bikes, closeouts and other such remnant complete bikes by providing a quick, easy to search database that points you to a local bike shop.Got a few minutes to kill? Head over to Tracker Ride Epic and ride along (by playing a video game) for each stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic. You can win prizes, or just track your favorite riders in the real race, in real time.For a video game like experience that won’t make you feel so sedentary, check out this tAlleyCat online competitive cycling app on Kickstarter. It’s in its final days and needs some funding help to get better. Video’s not so enchanting, but the tech seems really cool and pits you and your friends against each other virtually in real time.Tantalus Cycling is a startup triathlon brand launching with affordable deep carbon racing wheels. Named after Tantalus Road on Oahu, it’s the brainchild of Matt and Laura Radniecki. Sure, the wheels are using an existing design, but you can get a set of the Velox 8 (88mm deep) wheels built with Novatec hubs and cnSpoke aero spokes for just $850 as part of their Indiegogo campaign. There’s also a Velox 6 (60mm deep) on offer, with a limited number at $800. Or get a combo 6/8 front and rear. All are built with 20 spokes front and 24 rear, with matte or gloss carbon finish. Shimano/SRAM or Campy freehubs. They come with a 2-year warranty. Wheel rentals may be coming this summer, too.Think cargo bikes can’t be sexy? Butchers and Bicycles out of Copenhagen gives it a pretty good go with this incredibly well done commercial for a spectacular cargo trike. The trick (besides good cinematography and music) is the pivoting frame that makes speedy corning and hammering feel natural rather than scary as hell.
by Andrew Stein February 20, 2013 vtdigger.org Governor Peter Shumlin says he doesn’ t want oil from Canadian tar sands pumped through Vermont, but he is hesitant to support a bill that would give the state certain regulatory power over such a proposal.‘ I don’ t want to see tar sands pumped through Vermont,’ he said on Wednesday at his weekly press conference.The governor’ s comments come a week after Larry Wilson, CEO of the Portland Pipe Line Corp., told the House Fish and Wildlife Committee that he is ‘ aggressively’ seeking opportunities to pipe oil from Alberta’ s tar sands through Vermont.Wilson’ s company owns the Portland-Montreal pipeline, which cuts through the northeast corner of the state. If an oil company wanted to pipe a petroleum product from the tar sands region to Portland for export, it would need to use that line.To ensure that the state has regulatory authority over a proposal of this nature, Democratic Rep. David Deen, who chairs the House Fish and Wildlife Committee, and Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, introduced bills that would require such an application to undergo review by an Act 250 commission. Act 250 is the state’ s governing land-use law that controls most commercial development in Vermont.While Wilson opposes any additional regulations on his company’ s pipeline, environmental groups say the state already has that authority, and they have asked the Northeast Kingdom’ s Act 250 commission to verify whether it has jurisdiction over potential changes to the pipeline.‘ Right now the district commission is considering a jurisdictional question ‘¦ about the pipeline,’ Shumlin said. ‘ I’ m always hesitant to weigh in with legislation when you have a process under current law that is being debated and considered.‘ I think the Legislature is doing good work and asking the right question,’ he said. ‘ Let’ s see where that goes.’
“Using the best available data to annually monitor our progress toward the goals set in the ECOS Plan allows municipalities, regional and state agencies, businesses, and non-profits to focus resources on the areas that could benefit most,” said Chris Roy, Chair of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors. “It’s an important step in building on previous successes and planning for a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous Chittenden County.” In 2015, all three measured transportation modes moved in the right direction: Walking and biking increased by 0.1%, transit use increased by 0.4%, and driving alone decreased by 0.1%. All data informing the Annual Report is found in the ECOS Scorecard(link is external), an interactive online platform that promotes easy access to the indicators that measure how Chittenden County is doing. To access the online platform and track how Chittenden County is doing year to year on a wide variety of topic areas, visit ecosproject.com(link is external).Following the adoption of the ECOS Plan in 2013, the ECOS Partnership formed to keep the focus on implementation. The Partnership includes the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, the City of Burlington, Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Northwest Vermont, University of Vermont, University of Vermont Medical Center, and the Vermont Department of Health. The Partners remain committed to working together to build upon collaborative successes and address areas of concern.Source: Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission 2.13.2017 www.ecosproject.com/2016-ecos-annual-report/(link is external) For the fifth year in a row, Chittenden County has met or exceeded its goal for 80% of new commercial and residential development occurring in areas planned for growth, with an average of 83% between 2010 and 2015. Relating to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s land use and transportation areas of focus, notable trends from the 2016 ECOS Annual Report include: Vermont Business Magazine Chittenden County has met many of its development goals, but is still suffering from a declining prime workforce and a lagging amount of housing, despite an increase in units. The Chittenden County ECOS Partnership has released its 2016 ECOS Annual Report and online data Scorecard. For the second year in a row, the Annual Report is an infographic that visually displays some of the most interesting trends and notable accomplishments from 2016 relating to people, place, and prosperity in Chittenden County.The ECOS Annual Report summarizes progress toward the goals set in the 2013 Chittenden County ECOS Plan(link is external), the combined Regional Plan, Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Chittenden County. The ECOS Plan includes 17 broad goals in four categories: Natural Systems, Social Community, Economy, and Built Environment. ECOS stands for Environment, Community, Opportunity, Sustainabilty.To track progress made toward ECOS goals, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the course of the year. The indicators are drawn from the most reliable statistics, objectively based on substantial research, and intended to be understood by broad audiences.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A recent study * conducted by Brigham Young University finds that when it comes to learning, print materials are superior to their digital counterparts. 74% of students surveyed indicated they learn better from print and 99% report that when trying to study on an electronic device, they are distracted by e-mails, social media and web surfing.If print is superior to electronic formats when it comes to education, the same principle would apply to marketing communication, which is essentially a form of education.Whether it is to convey a brand promise or convince a reader why a product or service is superior to the competition, marketing is about education. Yes it’s education crafted out of an expressed interest, but the goal is still to deliver knowledge.I learn best without any distractions, but it’s a crowded, flashy world wide web out there. While viewing any given web page, I’m just a nanosecond away from shifting my attention to a banner ad or to an alert indicating I’ve received a new message. continue reading »
The Chronicle of Higher Education:Washington—The call to action was all over the Association for Psychological Science’s annual meeting here this past weekend. “Attention APS Members. Take Charge of Your Science,” fliers shout. Promotional ads in the conference programs urge the society’s 25,000 members to join the APS Wikipedia Initiative and “make sure Wikipedia—the world’s No. 1 online encyclopedia—represents psychology fully and accurately.” And the Wikimedia Foundation, which backs the encyclopedia, was holding editing demonstrations in the middle of the conference exhibit hall.Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education More of our Members in the Media >