NEW YORK (AP) — John Mayer never relied on multicolored lighting, confetti and pyrotechnics to help him during his live shows, like some of his peers. But the singer-songwriter-guitarist wanted to step up his game, and he said watching Drake perform live encouraged him to beef up his stage production and take more risks during his concerts. Mayer will launch the second leg of his Search for Everything World Tour on Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The new live shows have been a departure for the Grammy winner, who now performs with a colorful and futuristic L.E.D. wall and floor. “I wanted to have a really big show. I want to be competitive. I want to be in the world where people are creating bigger and better shows,” Mayer said. “I think there’s a healthy competition involved in it. I went and saw Drake’s show and … real artists say, ‘Wow!’ And then they go, ‘(Expletive).’ Right? Because you see something that wows … [Read more...] about Mayer on changing his live shows: ‘I want to be competitive’
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By AFP Velletri, Italy — The world record holder for the number of university degrees is a cheery but truculent 70-year-old Italian. Luciano Baietti lives in the town of Velletri in the Alban Hills near Rome and spends his days pottering around his small house and garden. But at every morning at 3 a.m. he pulls out his textbooks and starts studying. He now holds 15 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from universities around Italy and is already embarking on his 16th. “Thanks to books, I feel free, dammit,” he tells AFP. “After all, the words share the same root,” he says, referring to the Italian words libro (book) and libero (free). The certificates proving his prowess hang on the walls of his study, framing a portrait of the 19th century French essayist, Louis-Francois Bertin, whom he cites as an influence. “He was a man of culture and knowledge,” said Baietti, a former headmaster of a secondary school, who made it into the … [Read more...] about King of university degrees is 70-year-old Italian
MY Mocha is just a little bit faultless; well, almost perfect. My wife Sylvia hates it when I show interest for Mocha. Last week, we celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. On our way home from dinner, I had this urge to bring my Mocha home with us. She surprisingly agreed. The closest from home where I can get my Mocha, also called mochachi or mocaccino, is the Blugre Café at the MTS, not Starbucks. My wife hates it when I sip this chocolate-flavored variant of a caffè latte. She says I’m already fat and recommends just plain Americano. This column however is about the other Mocha. She has been raked over the coals lately that I thought I’d dive right in and try to put things in perspective. I have never met Mocha Uson. I don’t have any personal knowledge of what she is other than what I read in social media. I don’t follow her in Facebook or twitter. I don’t even have a twitter account. So, this column is not a paean to her. But I just hate … [Read more...] about I simply love Mocha!
IN the early 50’s, the Bachelor of Arts/Science degrees were known as general AB/BS (Bachelor of Arts/Science). Both degrees did not require a major. When our higher education institutions (HEI’s) began hiring liberal arts graduates to teach, the Department of Education then directed HEI’s to require majors for the AB/BS degrees and to include at least a 3-unit teaching course, such as The Teaching of History (for a major in History) or The Teaching of Mathematics (for a major in Mathematics) and so on. The general AB/BS degrees were later phased out; HEI’s began offering joint degrees in AB and Education lasting until the middle 70’s. These joint degrees were completed in five years as AB-BSE or AB-BSEEd/BEEd. Any major field in AB was accepted also as such in Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSE) — 36 units for social sciences majors and 42 units for sciences. For the joint degree in AB and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (later … [Read more...] about Dual degrees and their variants
Amid an environment of ballooning tuition costs and pay raises for presidents at colleges and universities, one large segment of faculty members struggles to make ends meet. A new video campaign by Brave New Films called “Professors in Poverty” shares the heartbreaking perspective of many adjunct (part-time) professors who say they can’t earn a living wage. “I have the highest level of learning and I am literally on welfare,” Dr. Wanda J. Evans-Brewer says in the video. Evans-Brewer has a bachelor’s degree in English literature, a master’s in urban education, and a doctor of philosophy in education. She still needs to collect food stamps to survive. Half of all professors in the US are adjuncts, according to the American Association of University Professors. And they make substantially less than their full-time colleagues. Adjunct professors earn a median of$2,700for a semester-long class and annually earn about $20,000 to … [Read more...] about These university faculty members have advanced degrees and jobs, and they’re still living in poverty
It’s hard to live in New York City without hearing people rave about Shake Shack. Since moving to Manhattan nine months ago, I’ve been surrounded by loyal customers who happily wait in line for the burgers and crinkle-cut fries. I work right down the street from the original Shake Shack at Madison Square Park, so I decided to try it myself.Here’s what I thought after having Shake Shack for the first time. It’s 40 degrees on a Friday in Manhattan. This is the original Shake Shack line at noon. It only opened an hour earlier and the line is already this long. As I inched closer to the front, I took a look back — the line never seemed to stop growing. It surprised me that people are willing to stand in the cold just for a burger! The brand’s Shack Cam allows customers to monitor the line from the office or at home. There I am almost ready to place my order! So what should I get? There are a bunch of options other than burgers at Shake Shack. … [Read more...] about I tried Shake Shack for the first time ever — here’s what I thought
The week of September 20-27 will see over 1,000 of the world’s fittest athletes race for gold at the UCI Road World Championships, with historic Richmond, Virginia, playing host. This edition of road worlds, an event that leaves Europe only occasionally, offers a huge opportunity for US riders and fans. It’s only the second time they have been held on US soil – you have to go back 29 years to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the first visit – and the US has an excellent shot at winning several medals, most notably in the elite women’s road race with Wall Street analyst turned bike racer Evelyn Stevens and in the elite women’s time trial with Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong. While the Tour de France is the world’s most famous bicycle race, for many the road world championships are a more intriguing affair. Unlike the Tour, where just a handful of riders have a real chance at winning the overall and a few big-budget … [Read more...] about HERE COME CYCLING’S ROAD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: One of the biggest and best weeks in bicycle racing is headed to the US for only the second time ever
Zynga CFO David Lee is stepping down, effective immediately, the gaming company reported in its Q3 earnings. Zynga did not provide a reason for the abrupt change. Lee, who joined the company in April 2014, will be temporarily replaced by interim CFO Michelle Quejado, who was formerly the company’s chief accounting officer. The company, most famous for its FarmVille and Words With Friends franchises, beat analyst estimates on both the top and bottom line, with revenue of $196 million and break-even non-GAAP EPS. Zynga also said that a key metric – average monthly active users – declined by 27% year-over-year during the third quarter (compared to 32% year-over-year decline in Q2). The stock was up as much as ~2% after-hours, but is now more or less flat. This change comes about six months after founder Mark Pincus returned from a two year hiatus to take the company’s helm as CEO. Pincus highlighted a few “key intiatives,” … [Read more...] about Zynga’s CFO has resigned, effective immediately, with no reason given
General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt has all the qualifications you would expect of a Fortune 500 chief executive. The Cincinnati-born son of a GE employee studied at Dartmouth and earned a Harvard MBA before working his way up at the industrial giant he now helms. But Immelt says his most invaluable qualification is not the MBA. It is his undergraduate degree in math. “I use my math major every day – I don’t use the MBA quite as much,” Immelt said, speaking at Business Insider’s IGNITION 2015 conference on Wednesday. “My intellectual curiosity goes more toward problem solving than spreadsheets.” Of course, Immelt said, he understands the mechanics of running a business and all the other things you learn in business school. But running a company, to him, is really about problem solving. And that’s something he learned about in his undergraduate studies, due to “the inherent intellectual curiosity around math and … [Read more...] about The CEO of GE explains why his math degree is more useful than his MBA
As a student at Western University, student government leader and peer mentor Adam Smith could easily be described as dynamic, engaged, and dedicated. But eight months after graduating with a double major in sociology and criminology he’s back living in his parent’s Ajax home, trying to avoid being defined by a whole new set of adjectives. Young. Jobless. Disposable. “I’m frankly embarrassed that I don’t have a job already,” he says. “I feel like I’m a good worker, I have a lot to offer companies. But because I haven’t been able to connect it yet, I feel personally embarrassed.” With more than 20 per cent of young Torontonians unemployed, Smith is hardly alone. He hoped moving back to the GTA would help him find a job in Toronto that would match his project-management experience – or with anything that would help pay down his $30,000 student debt. He’s applied to up to 50 entry-level roles that fit his … [Read more...] about University degree. Check. A job? Still searching.