Announcing the October Featured Geocacher of the Month

first_imgThis month’s featured Geocacher of the Month may be from down under, but his caches are out of this world. Congratulations to John, a.k.a. TeamAstro for being named October’s Featured Geocacher of the Month!October Featured Geocacher of the Month, TeamAstroTeamAstro is recognized for creating the Solar System series of caches in South Australia. This series of caches is the world’s largest scale model of the Solar System. He is famous for his creative hides and is the proud owner of the most ‘Favorited’ cache in South Australia. John is also an important part of the South Australian geocaching community, and is known for his friendliness and eagerness in helping out new cachers.A geocacher casting a vote says, “TeamAstro has literally traveled the length and breadth of Australia with his cache hides, inspired others to look skywards with their caches, and is completely selfless in the way he conducts himself around other cachers…He just oozes inspiration… Team Astro is an absolute force behind the caching scene in Australia.”TeamAstro will receive a collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging his contributions signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.Thank you to the fellow October nominees and all those who supported them. The nominees not chosen as Featured Geocacher of the Month will receive a gift of appreciation from Groundspeak. See a list of all the featured Geocachers of the Month here.Featured Geocacher of the Month IconThe geocaching community is encouraged to re-nominate those who have yet to be honored as featured Geocacher of the Month. If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must meet the following requirements:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month.Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the awardNominations for the November Featured Geocacher of the Month must be received by the end of the day on Thursday, November 8th.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top three candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedOctober Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsOctober 12, 2012In “Community”November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsNovember 9, 2012In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Industry Interview: The Composers Behind American Gods

first_imgPremiumBeat sat down with the composers for American Gods to discuss their process and working with the show.The untempered and gritty scores from American Gods’ composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans nurture a certain work ethic, demonstrating their long-term success in the industry. Here are their thoughts on process.Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (courtesy of White Bear PR).PremiumBeat: Marriages are difficult enough, often relying on physical intimacy to keep the bond going. How have you both managed to keep a professional relationship fresh, vibrant, and creatively stimulating, for over two decades?Danny and Saunder: We got really lucky, in the fact that, we both have such similar taste and style in music, and respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses deeply. We are also able to keep our egos in check, and remain pretty open-minded when it comes to the process. We have a great relationship outside of music, as well. We treat each other very much like family. Creatively, we both make an effort to push ourselves into unknown territory, as much as possible, and often, we feed off each other’s energy. Having two brains, when working on films, is super helpful to keep things from getting stagnant or stale. Image courtesy of White Bear PR.PB: Do you have a mode of working together or does each project create new paths into your world of composing?D&S: Generally, we don’t sit down and write together. Instead, we pass stuff back and forth. Often, one of us will “spearhead” a project — whoever is most inspired at that particular moment. But, most of the time, it will flip flop back and forth between us. There’s no real recipe, and we don’t usually do a ton of discussion before. We just sort of dive in and see where the music takes us!5 to 7. Photo by Walter Thomson (via IMDB).PB: So much of your work, in film and television, explores the darker side of humanity (Ozark, The Gift, Fear the Walking Dead).  Is this by happenstance or is there a plan?  Would you have any interest in working on a romantic comedy, or does the grit of the material provide the flint to your creative spark?D&S: We actually did a romantic comedy a few years ago called 5 to 7 . But it gets pretty sad, in the end, which was our favorite part to score! Yes, in general, we gravitate towards darker material. We’re just more inspired by those emotions and tonalities. Although, we are happy to stretch our music muscles a bit into lighter territory, from time to time! We recently did an episode of Chef’s Table Pastry — the “Corrado Assenza” episode, which was some pretty upbeat Sicilian-inspired music. Ozark. Photo by Jessica (Miglio/Netflix).PB: How big a role does technology play in your composing?  Is it a true mixture of live recordings and synthesized music?  Does your own musical backgrounds (playing in bands) figure into wanting to get actual hands on instruments, rather than using digital tools at your disposal?D&S: We are adamant about using real instruments, whenever we can, from the earliest stages of writing, to the end. Between the two of us, we play a multitude of different instruments. What we don’t play, we hire or we just learn the basics ourselves. When we use synths, they are usually analog, with lots of unknown knobs to turn, and beautiful mistakes to be made. We prefer that unpredictable approach over canned presets and plugins.  We also make our own sample instruments, especially when we have some particular sounds that are integral to a TV series, or the like.  For instance, in Ozark, we made extensive samples of all sorts of junk percussion, some of which were metal pipes and things which would be too difficult to keep coming back to record. Sampling multiple hits and velocities gave us a super playable “kit”.American Gods (Starz!).PB: For Season Two’s score of American Gods, rumor has it, your muse was America itself, rooted in multiculturalism. How did that inspiration manifest in the choices you made when approaching the sound?D&S: Well, yeah, the show is such a wonderful metaphor for America. These old gods who have migrated to the states, some by choice and some not. In the end, they have all been “Americanized”, to an extent! They drive big American cars, motorcycles, and work in all walks of life. We wanted to comment on their ethnic backgrounds, while distilling it all into a cohesive score. Which, as we all know, is kind of what America is — ideally. We wove epic choirs, Middle Eastern instruments, African percussion, psychedelic EDM, Classical strings, and much more, into some of the vernacular of American music — blues, rock, jazz, and folk — and painted it all with a raw grittiness. It was such a fun score to work on, there really weren’t many rules we needed to adhere to!Dream Girl short film (via IMDB).PB: Finally, it’s interesting, with all your success, to see recent credits of working on short films, which clearly must be labor of love endeavors.  What draws you to these projects?D&S: Yeah, we try and pick projects that move us, regardless of their size or profile. A lot of factors inspire us — from the opportunity to write really unique music, or the challenge of writing something outside our comfort zone, to the relevance and importance of the subject matter.Cover image via Starz!Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Interview: Behind the Lens with Filmmaker Carolina CostaThe Costume Design Behind Star Trek, House of Cards, and Greek WeddingRound Table: Three Film Composers Converge on SundanceTom Cross on Editing First Man and Working with IMAX FootageInterview: Composer Dan Marocco of Brooklyn Nine-Ninelast_img read more

Harbhajan Singh to debut as singer

first_imgVeteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is breaking into a new field. He will tweak his vocal chords for a single composed by Mithoon. The song will celebrate the contribution of real life heroes who have striven towards the welfare of the nation.”It’s actually a thought that Harbhajan shared with me. We have been close friends since a while now and he has always expressed his interest in music. He wanted to do something to celebrate our national heritage and culture,” Mithoon said in a statement.He added, “We were always contemplating on working together and were in talks of collaborating on a single since over a year now. This concept cropped up on his birthday and while there were many ideas exchanged, this particular idea appealed to us the most.””I always believe music should address a higher purpose and collaborations of ideas should bring meaning to the fore.”The video will be shot across different states of India and will feature the real lives of common men who can be counted as the driving force of the country.The single will be sung in Hindi and English combined, and will premiere in December this year.last_img read more

GSL Sees Improvement in Spot Market Charter Rates

first_imgUK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) posted a net income of USD 6.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, higher than a net income of USD 4.6 seen in the same period of 2016. EBITDA for the quarter stood at USD 28 million, against EBITDA of USD 29.3 million recorded in 1Q 2016.“During the first quarter of 2017, we continued to execute our core strategy, maximizing the value of our long-term time charters with high-quality counterparties, maintaining high levels of vessel utilization and closely controlling costs. Our success in this regard has enabled us to continue generating strong, stable cashflows,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of GSL, pointed out.“With high levels of scrapping and minimal vessel ordering in the year-to-date, we have seen significant improvement in spot market charter rates in the last few weeks. This trend has been particularly pronounced for the mid-sized and smaller vessel classes where we focus,” Webber further said.From January to March 2017, the company’s fleet generated operating revenues from fixed-date time charters of USD 39.6 million, down USD 3 million on operating revenues of USD 42.6 million for the corresponding quarter in 2016.The reduction in revenue is mainly due to 68 fewer operating days, mainly as a result of three dry-dockings in the quarter, compared to none in the prior period, and to the prior period being a leap year, together with the effect of the amendments to the charters of Marie Delmas and Kumasi. The previous charter rate of USD 18,465 per day for these vessels was reduced to USD 13,000 per day.“While most of our vessels continue on their current charters for multiple years, we are encouraged by the improvement in the spot market, which, if sustained, will benefit those vessels that are due to become open later this year and early next,” Webber concluded.As of March 31, 2017, GSL’s fleet comprised 18 on-the-water vessels of which 15 are chartered to CMA CGM and three to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).last_img read more