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The designing woman

first_imgMost people would say that being able to do something they love for eight hours a day, five days a week, is a rare gift. For Jessica Brilli, it’s an everyday reality. The graphic designer uses her passion for art to inform the visually alluring material she creates for Radcliffe’s Institute for Advanced Study.And when she’s not at work, she is often at home in her studio creating whimsical and evocative oil paintings.The fruits of Brilli’s professional and personal labors are around every corner in Fay House, Radcliffe’s newly renovated airy office and meeting space.On a hallway table, publications, fliers, and brochures that announce institute programs and lectures beckon passersby, displaying Brilli’s creative designs. Next to Brilli’s desk on the building’s sunny third floor, a giant image of a reclining Julia Child smiles casually back at the viewer. The picture is part of a promotional poster she designed for the institute’s recent symposium on the iconic chef.“These were still lifes of these dormant objects, and I realized I could make it a much bigger, broader thing, so I just kind of went for it,” said Brilli, with one of her pieces. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“Pretty much anything visual here, I had something to do with producing,” said Brilli, a New York native who began her Harvard career helping to design The Harbus, the independent, student-run newspaper at the Harvard Business School. She made the jump to Radcliffe in 2004 and worked as a production coordinator before transitioning to graphic designer in 2010.The products of Brilli’s other artistic talents adorn the building’s walls. On its second floor hangs her painting of July 4 fireworks exploding over a rooftop in Boston’s Back Bay. Just down the hall, Brilli’s work “Zenith,” showing an old clock radio painted in soft gray and blue hues, decorates the office of Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen.Brilli scours flea markets and eBay for items of inspiration, such as this 1942 Kodak Baby Brownie Special camera.“We have three of Jess’ paintings in the dean’s office,” said Cohen. “From the minute I encountered her work at a staff art show before I even became dean, I loved it for how she takes ordinary things and places — an old clock radio, a manual typewriter, a highway entrance ramp, a fireworks display in a night sky — and gets you to appreciate it anew, to delight in its texture, its colors, and its form. I will never tire of the paintings that I look at every day at work.”More of Brilli’s artwork will go on display Nov. 3 in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Gutman Library. The show, which will be on view through Nov. 25, will feature 10 works from her collection titled “Static,” consisting of a series of still-life images of everyday items from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, such as typewriters, telephones, and radios.Her attachment to old radios provided inspiration for the new show. “I’ve always loved them. They are beautifully designed objects,” said Brilli, who bought her first classic radio, a 1940s Philco, on eBay several years ago. One radio painting led to another. Soon, she also started capturing images of old cameras on canvas.“These were still lifes of these dormant objects, and I realized I could make it a much bigger, broader thing, so I just kind of went for it.” A local weekend flea market became her regular haunt. There she scoured the stalls for her new “subjects,” like a 1942 Kodak Baby Brownie Special camera, and a baby blue Smith Corona typewriter from 1960.She describes her style as a type of contemporary “loose realism,” one that grew out of her efforts to capture more lifelike images and her frustration with “trying to get it exactly right all the time.” As a result, her work is grounded in reality, yet gently gravitates toward the ethereal and abstract. “I find there is a lot of freedom in interpreting it your own way.”“I’ve always loved them. They are beautifully designed objects,” said Brilli, who bought her first classic radio, a 1940s Philco, online.Interested in drawing and painting from a young age, Brilli attended the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a degree in fine arts. Like many an undergraduate trying to find her way, she experimented artistically. She found watercolor paint too finicky, and that acrylic paint “dries too quickly.” So she turned to oil paint, which hardens more slowly, and allows an artist the flexibility to change her mind.“I find it to be very forgiving. You can wipe it out and correct it and layer on top of it. Acrylic seems very final.”Brilli doesn’t like to force the creative process. She paints an hour or two at a time in her home studio, and makes sure to put the brush down when she gets tired, instead of laboring on to the point of frustration. “I’ve realized that if I don’t feel like doing it, I should really stop.”That self-awareness extends to Brilli’s workplace, where she feels fortunate to be able to combine passion with job seamlessly.“I just feel really lucky to be able to do something creative at work. I love doing both — I love painting, and I love doing graphic design. So I feel very blessed to have a job that I like so much, and an outside hobby that ties into it. Both things really inspire each other.”“Static,” works by Jessica Brilli, will be on exhibit at the Monroe E. Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Nov. 3-25. An artist’s reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.last_img read more

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Cass Bell signs multi-fight deal

first_imgHumboldt County’s own Call Bell signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator last week, ensuring himself a future with one of the nation’s most well-known mixed martial arts promotion labels.Bell, undefeated at 3-0-0 through his first three fights with Bellator, met with Bellator president Scott Coker in San Jose on May 31 to sign the first-ever fight contract for an MMA fighter from Humboldt County.An Arcata native, the 32-year-old Bell said he’s looking forward to more firsts.“It was an …last_img read more

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No suspension for Sharks’ Evander Kane on eve of road trip

first_imgSAN JOSE — The last thing the Sharks needed before they began a difficult road trip was to find out they’d be without their most prolific goal scorer for any length of time.Instead, Evander Kane was only fined — and not suspended — by the NHL for a hit on defenseman Radko Gudas in the third period of the Sharks’ game against the Washington Capitals.Kane was fined $5,000 by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after he was given a five minute major and a game …last_img read more

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SA launches metals atomisation project

first_img3 October 2012 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu has launched state mineral research company Mintek’s new R44-million water atomising plant. The demonstration plant, situated at Mintek’s Randburg, Johannesburg campus, will initially be used for a two-year, R200-million research and development project with mining company Anglo American Platinum. The project will explore and develop atomisation technology as a means of improving metal recoveries in South Africa’s precious and base metals industries. The water atomising plant will provide an effective means for the production of solid metal powder from six-ton batches of molten metal. Unveiling the new plant this week, Shabangu said the facility represented an ongoing collaboration between Mintek and South Africa’s platinum industry. “What is encouraging with this initiative is the public-private partnership,” Shabangu said. “As the department we have consistently said that beneficiation can never be government’s responsibility alone. “The launch of this programme could not have come at a better time, when the mining industry, particularly the platinum sector, is faced with crippling global market conditions and in turn the spate of labour unrest,” Shabangu added. Shabangu said the technical collaboration was aimed at lowering the costs and environmental burden of the platinum sector, and thus represented a tangible area where the government was working with the industry to remove technical impediments and reduce risk. The atomiser plant was designed and built by MDM Engineering, who sourced the atomisation technology from UK-based metals processing company Atomising Systems. Inside the atomiser, high-pressure jets impinge on the molten stream to break it down into fine particles which can vary in size depending on the alloy and the pressure of the jets. The solidified particles are initially separated from the water by a magnetic separator, followed by a dewatering screw. The final drying of the powder takes place in a rotary kiln. Mintek’s pyrometallurgy division is well known internationally for its work in direct current arcing furnace technology. The technology is well established for use in the production of ferrochromium from chromite, and titania slag and pig iron from ilmenite. Source: SANews.gov.za, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

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Renault and Powervault partner to power home battery units

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#batteries#electric cars#energy storage#Internet of Things#IoT#Powervault#Renault Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu… David Curry 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Energy storage firm Powervault has announced a supply partnership with Renault, aimed at reducing the cost of smart home battery units by 30 percent.The French automaker will supply 50 batteries from electric vehicles, as part of a trial to explore the performance of second life batteries in storage units.See Also: How San Leandro is using IoT to transform itselfM&S Energy customers and schools in the South East of England will test the batteries.Powervault believes the reduction in cost and potential long-term savings could be the tipping point, pushing home energy storage to the mass market in the United Kingdom.“The collaboration we are announcing today with these two household name brands – Renault and M&S – is an important milestone on our journey towards achieving mainstream adoption of home energy storage,” said Joe Warren, Managing Director of Powervault.“Homeowners and brands are now looking to benefit from the smart power revolution. It’s only a matter of time before a Powervault becomes as common in households as a dishwasher.”How it worksPowervault works by taking solar energy and storing it into batteries. The additional energy captured during the day is used throughout the night. It also takes energy from the grid at off-peak times, reducing the cost of electricity in households without solar panels.The company expects to sell 30,000 Powervault units by 2020, on the back of the 842,000 solar panels which were installed in the past five years in Britain.last_img read more

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FIFA planning rules to limit lavish spending

first_imgTransfers Neymar and Coutinho deals leave FIFA planning rules to limit lavish spending Ryan Benson 20:24 2/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Coutinho Neymar Getty Transfers PSG Neymar Toulouse v PSG Barcelona v Getafe Getafe Ligue 1 Toulouse Barcelona Primera División Less than a year after the world transfer record was smashed by Paris Saint-Germain, FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants restrictions introduced FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to introduce new rules to limit agents’ fees and transfer market spending in an attempt to “rescue the values that made football great”.Transfer fees have been trending upwards for several years, but 2017 saw things reach a whole new level.Paris Saint-Germain stunned world football when they triggered the €222 million release clause in Neymar’s Barcelona contract in August, smashing the transfer record that was previously set by Paul Pogba’s €105m move from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Parisians also clinched the loan signing of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, a deal which will be made permanent for €180m at the end of the season.Following Neymar’s departure, Barcelona have also spent significant sums on the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, potentially costing €147m and €160m, respectively.Infantino also has an issue with the January transfer window and stockpiling talents to loan them out, as seen at Chelsea, with the president hoping to introduce some changes by the end of the year.”I don’t like what I’m currently witnessing,” Infantino told Gazzetta dello Sport.”In 2017, global transfers reached $6.4billion, while the agents’ fees reached about $500 million, and only $60 million of which was invested in academies.”How is it possible that, while the business is growing so much, the funds for the youth systems are getting smaller?”Transparency is mandatory at our level. This must be applied to the agents as well. The summer transfer window should be shortened; the leagues should begin after the transfer window has closed, and the number of transfers during the January window should be reduced.”It [the January transfer window] was once the time when you might replace an occasional injured player. It’s not acceptable to rebuild a team [in the middle of the season]. I don’t like it when a regular player switches from a team to another mid-season.”I think we need to rescue the values that made football great. I think we should reduce the number of loans and put a squad limit of 25 players.”The best players have to play, not to sit on the bench in bigger clubs. Americans have the most regulated system in the world, and they’re able to gain like anyone else. They understood they need a balanced competition to succeed. I’d like to set up the new rules by the end of 2018.”last_img read more

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9 days agoGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City role

first_imgGiovanni van Bronckhorst lifts lid on Man City roleby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Feyenoord coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has spoken of his role with Manchester City.Van Bronckhorst spent time at the City Football Academy after his departure leading to suggestions he could be involved in Pep Guardiola’s coaching setup.He revealed that a return to management is in the pipeline, hinting that his time at Man City may not last very long.”I am doing well,” he told Voetbal International.”I have been to Manchester a number of times and travel a lot.”I see new things, experience new things and continue to develop. For me, that is very beautiful at the moment.”Ultimately, I want to be a head coach again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Pat Connaughton’s Dunk Puts Ashley Judd In A Funk

first_imgAshley Judd is not happy during Notre Dame vs. Kentucky.The upset special could be on in Cleveland. Notre Dame is hanging with Kentucky thus far, and even has a 46-42 lead early in the second half. The Irish’s most recent basket came on a ridiculous dunk by senior guard Pat Connaughton. It caused Wildcats superfan Ashley Judd to readjust herself in her seat.Connaughton is having a fantastic game – racking up seven points, nine rebounds and two assists thus far. It’s going to be a great finish.last_img

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Dissecting Week Two of the NFL Playoffs

Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings  Tony Romo finally dismissed all of his critics after he won his first playoff game against the Cowboys’ division rival Philadelphia Eagles. But can Romo continue his recent success against his childhood idol Brett Favre?The Cowboys are actually the only team remaining in the playoffs that has no players on injury reserve. Wade Phillips’ squad has never played so well under his tenure and his defense has been hitting on all cylinders. The Vikings didn’t persuade Brett Favre to get off his tractor to simply guide the team to the playoffs. The front office believed that with their elite defense and All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, Favre was the missing piece to their hopes of a Super Bowl title.But the question revolving around Favre is, which quarterback will show up on Saturday? The gunslinging, reckless quarterback that haunted the Packers in his recent playoff games and in his stint with the New York Jets, or the game manager that he has been in most of his Viking games? Even though the Cowboys are riding into this contest with an overwhelming amount of confidence and momentum, the Vikings’ dominant defensive line should be able to hold Romo in check as Favre directs his new team into the NFC Championship game. Pick: Minnesota Vikings Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints New Orleans will host a meeting this weekend that has the potential to break playoff offensive records. Arizona’s offense looked nearly unstoppable in its overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers. The 38-year-old rejuvenated quarterback Kurt Warner looks poised to possibly make another playoff run to the Super Bowl as his team is playing its best football at the end of the season, just like last year. The Saints averaged 31.9 points and more than 400 yards of total offense per game this season, led by their All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees. New Orleans’ offense is so lethal because of the its array of wide receivers and three solid running backs. Playing in the Superdome in front of the Saints’ faithful should be a vital factor in Sunday’s contest. The Cardinals might be coming off of a record offensive showing in Arizona last weekend, but the Saints will counter-balance with a rested and superior offense of their own. Pick: New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore RavensThe Indianapolis Colts could have finished the regular season undefeated, but coach Jim Caldwell wanted to rest his starters for the playoffs. Now after finishing the season at 14-2, the Colts feel that most critics have jumped off their bandwagon as Super Bowl favorites. Coming off of his NFL-record fourth MVP season, Peyton Manning will look to guide the Colts to their second championship in four years. Manning possesses an ample amount of offensive weapons, including his No. 1 receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark.      The Ravens ran the ball effectively in wild card weekend to decisively dismantle the New England Patriots at Foxboro. Their defense that tormented Tom Brady last Sunday will look to try to confuse the Colts’ signal-caller. Even though the Ravens held an early, overbearing lead against the Patriots last week, quarterback Joe Flacco looked completely flat on the field. Indianapolis is under a great amount of pressure to win this playoff game after the decision to rest its marquee players and halt their near record-breaking momentum. While rust tends to tie in with extensive rest, the Colts should able to overcome this detriment and capitalize on their experience to win in Indianapolis.  Pick: Indianapolis Colts New York Jets vs. San Diego ChargersThe Chargers are riding an 11-game winning streak and look to potentially have a strong run in the playoffs. Quarterback Phillip Rivers, known as one of the toughest and most competitive players in the NFL, has blossomed into one of the marquee quarterbacks in the league. San Diego’s roster is stockpiled with playoff veterans such as LaDainian Tomlinson, who might have his last opportunity to reach a Super Bowl with the Chargers this year. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez played a nearly perfect game at Cincinnati last weekend and hasn’t turned the ball over in his past three contests. Cornerback Darrelle Revis blanketed star wide receiver Chad Ochocinco at Cincinnati; so don’t expect Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson to do anything special this Sunday. The Jets have had an impressive roller coaster-ride of a season as they weathered the slumps of their rookie quarterback. But the Chargers simply have too much talent and veteran experience to slip in their first playoff contest. Pick: San Diego Chargers read more

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Opinion The Michigan Daily reporters should not be punished for doing their

Michigan coach Brady Hoke. Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily recently broke a story about former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons violating the Student Sexual Misconduct policy. Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorAs a journalist, it is your duty to report the news. The real news. Not a fabricated story, not leaving important details out, but the honest to God news.That is all the writers at The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s independent student newspaper, were doing, and now they are being punished for it.Sports writer Matt Slovin and staff reporter Adam Rubenfire broke the story on former Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons being separated from the university for violating the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.This in turn saw the paper’s reporters not invited by the school to a press conference Monday where coach Brady Hoke discussed the violations, according to Slovin and Detroit News writer Tony Paul.In a day and age where people will go out of their way to defend the free speech rights of just about anyone that speaks, seeing the school turn away their own paper because they were doing their jobs is outrageous.What would have happened if The Associated Press had broken the report, or ESPN? Would the school have been as keen to block their reporters from attending the press conference?The report from the paper is well written, well reported and factually correct. There have been no corrections issued for this story, they didn’t flat out lie — these journalists were just doing what they had been trained to do.According to the paper’s website, they are financially independent from the school, but that didn’t stop Michigan from making a statement about the content that was being run.As an editor for The Lantern, a rival Big Ten paper, I have immeasurable respect for these journalists. This story had to be reported on whether it made Michigan happy or not.In the end, I’m not sure what the program gained by blocking these reporters from entering. With the speed that news is reported in today’s world, it was guaranteed this story would get out. Michigan comes out as the bad guy and The Michigan Daily ends up having more power than it did before.The school failed in what it did and should be questioned for the decision. But more importantly we should celebrate the newspaper. Not for doing something extraordinary, but for simply doing their job: reporting the news. read more

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