Variability in hydrographic conditions to the east and northwest of South Georgia, 1996–2001

first_imgSix years of high-resolution hydrographic data from the eastern and northwestern sides of South Georgia (southwest Atlantic) are used to study the changing circulation and water mass properties of the region. One year of data from these locations was used previously to describe the oceanographic conditions at those times; using the much greater volume of data now available, we identify which features appear temporally robust and which are transient, and begin addressing topics relating to the forcing of the inter-annual variability and the potential consequences for the local ecosystem. Waters on the shelf and those over the adjacent deep ocean invariably have different hydrographic properties, though the transition between them can be abrupt or gradual. The onshelf/offshelf differences vary greatly from year to year, due to the combined influences of local and remote processes. There are several instances of strong physical coupling between the eastern and northwestern sides of South Georgia; this offers potential for distinguishing physically-induced ecosystems changes separately from biologically-induced ecosystems changes. On the northeast side of the shelf, close to Cumberland Bay, there is evidence of an often intense, but variable, cyclonic circulation that is the result of interaction with the local bathymetry. This may act as a retention mechanism, and enhance local productivity. Two examples of extreme cold anomalies are present in the series of measurements. One of these (in 2000/2001) affected a limited area at the eastern side of the region surveyed and was due to an intrusion of the Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front. The other (in early 1998) was due to the combined effects of the passage of a large-scale ocean anomaly that had its origins upstream in the Pacific Ocean, and strong air/sea interaction. Both of these were associated with the strong 1997/1998 El Niño event. Whilst previous studies have observed a link between El Niño forcing and ocean response around South Georgia with a temporal lag of around 3 years, we observe a much more rapid response to the extremely strong 1997/1998 El Niño event. This indicates that the ocean and ecosystem around South Georgia are more immediately susceptible to extreme instances of remote climatic forcing than had been supposed.last_img read more

The Rules of the Game

first_imgWhat’s love got to do with it? Emma Bernstein on the gurus who would guide you to the perfect pickupYou might expect that the art of seduction had changed since 1 BC, but you would be mistaken. Thanks to Ovid’s Ars Amatoria, published that year, the Roman was well schooled in all manner of sly tips and tricks, which bear more than a passing resemblance to those proposed by today’s praeceptores amoris. But there’s a difference. Whereas the scandalous advice of the Ars Amatoria caused a sensation (rivalled only by a certain birth the following year) and resulted in Ovid’s extradition to the Black Sea, nowadays, the authors of dating manuals can enjoy the reverence and gratitude of their lonely-hearted readership. Undoubtedly the most notorious of the numerous guides to seduction is Neil Strauss’ 450-page tome, The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, which has achieved cult status among its lovelorn disciples. This is no simple, step-by-step instruction manual for the wannabe lothario. Rather, the book chronicles Strauss’ initiation into the “seduction community” and his transformation from a “formless lump of nerd” into his alter-ego, Style, the “master pickup artist”. Here, seduction is a field dominated by professional predators, relying upon mind control, hypnosis and persuasion techniques. Lest there be any doubt as to the credentials of The Game, Strauss’ own proficiency is confirmed when an incautious Britney Spears gives him her number. One seduction method beloved of the pickup artist is ‘negging’, which is “to actively demonstrate a lack of interest in a beautiful woman by making an ambiguous statement, insulting her in a way that appears accidental, or offering constructive criticism”. Whilst it beggars belief that classic ‘negs’ such as “you look great – are you wearing make-up?” would melt hearts, ‘negging’ apparently has the dual effect of empowering the pickup artist and making the woman vulnerable. Other methods of seduction rely upon neuro-linguistic programming, “a form of waking hypnosis”, which uses repeated mesmerising hand movements and “flirtatious hypnospeak”. Yet its amoral techniques and nouveau jargon have only served to increase the allure of The Game, whether as a glimpse into a fascinatingly sordid enterprise or as a guide to follow with religious fervour. However, in terms of sheer notoriety, a serious contender to The Game comes in the unlikely form of The Rules – Time-tested secrets for capturing the heart of Mr Right, its exact opposite in every way. Where The Game uses advanced mind-control and invented terminology, The Rules espouses the traditional approach, and is bloated on its own self-hype. The two authoresses assure readers that they too can “make Mr Right obsessed with having you as his by making yourself seem unattainable”, by  simply following their 35 rules. Their credentials are all in the book’s dedication: “to our wonderful husbands”. Quasi-scientific justification is offered for women playing hard to get; “men are born to respond to a challenge” and that “biologically he’s the aggressor”.Can a “good marriage” really be based upon such superficial rules? Women are advised that “if you have a bad nose, get a nose job”, are told to limit phone calls to ten minutes and to end the date first. The publications of The Rules had feminists up in arms, but the authors argue that their empowering methods enable every women to get what she wants, namely “a marriage truly made in heaven”. It remains to be considered whether the approaches of these two very different books get results.last_img read more

PHOTOS: J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) At Maison In NOLA 4/29/18

first_imgLoad remaining images J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) | 4/29/18 | Photos: Ronald Valle On Sunday, April 29th, J.E.D.I. (Jazz Electronic Dance Improvisation) burned the house down in New Orleans at Maison for a special show during Jazz Fest, making for one serious jam session. The band is spearheaded by world-class drummer Aaron Johnston (David Byrne, Brazilian Girls), and features a different cast of rotating musicians for each performance. Sunday’s iteration included a core band of bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), keyboardist Borahm Lee (Break Science / Pretty Lights Live Band), and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and featured special guest collaborations with trumpeter Benny Bloom (of Lettuce / The Shady Horns), guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds / Matador! Soul Sounds), vocalist Shira Elias (Turkuaz) fellow Byrne band members and percussion section—Davi Viera, Mauro Refosco, and Gustavo Di Dalva—as well as bassist Nate Edgar of The Nth Power and guitarist Jeffrey Lockhart.The late-night show quickly became a who’s who of rotating musicians throughout the night, bringing artists from across the musical spectrum to simply vibe off each other and create sweet music. Lee, Zoidis, and Edgar joined the maiden voyage of J.E.D.I. with Johnston back in late 2017, which went off into a galaxy far, far away. As a result of its environment and ever-growing energy, last night officially went into the furthest reaches of the musical universe.You can check out the photo gallery from last night’s show below, courtesy of photographer Ronald Valle.Live for Live Music is currently in New Orleans this year for Jazz Fest, putting on a series of late night and daze between shows at clubs across town. You can check out our late night guide for a comprehensive list of what New Orleans has to offer during Jazz Fest, and you can take a look at our own late night calendar below.last_img read more

Experts maintain we can expect ‘very active’ hurricane season

first_imgIt is important to prepare for hurricanes every season. Forecasters from Colorado State University said Tuesday they still believe we should prepare for an above-average hurricane season.Although the Saharan dust prevented tropical development in the Caribbean, forecasters warn they still anticipate an “above-normal probability” for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean.last_img

Something for Everyone: Olympia’s Eclectic Theater Scene Has it All

first_imgFacebook87Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsOlympia Family Theater’s new location is on 4th Avenue, across from City Hall.There is no one answer to what makes “good” theater. Each person will answer this question from their unique perspective. Fortunately for everyone, the Olympia theater scene has a broad range of offerings for South Sound theater patrons.Olympia Family Theater (OFT) recently moved into the space across from City Hall. There, they present fantastic shows to entertain and empower children and families. Their next show is The Monster Under the Bed, a hilarious (not scary) musical for the whole family (recommended for kids 6+).Just down the road, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) recently moved into the Midnight Sun Performance Space. As they get settled into their new home, they continue to pump out imaginative works of theater that “comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” Currently on their stage is The Head! That Wouldn’t DIE!, a musical adaptation of a 1958 B-horror flick featuring original songs and a disembodied singing head rolling around the place. I had the chance to see this one last weekend and had a blast; it’s a fun and clever show wrought with inspired insanity.Take a short trip northward from OFT’s magical castle and TAO’s wicked cavern and you’ll find yourself at Priest Point Park, the home of Animal Fire Theatre’s outdoor Shakespeare. AFT has been presenting summer Shakespeare in the park in Olympia for five summers and are getting set for their sixth. Although they have not yet announced what their next show will be, we can expect the highest quality based on last year’s hilarious Two Gentlemen of Verona.The Washington Center, in downtown Olympia, seats 945 and hosts performances 350 days per year.Nearby, in the east side neighborhood is Olympia Little Theatre, our city’s longest-running theater company. OLT was founded in 1939, which means they were presenting plays during World War II, through the sixties psychedelic revolution, amid the cold war, while Nirvana came and went, and are still going strong today. Their next show is Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, running the second half of January.Olympia is also host to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which brings some of the best theater in the country to our own backyards.In addition, there are several other theater companies new to the scene, radio-based performance groups, dance companies, burlesque groups, improv troupes, and much, much more. Olympia has a disproportionate number of theater groups compared to other cities of its size in the country. No matter what personally makes you tick when it comes to live theater, you’re sure to find it among Olympia’s many dedicated theater companies, each brilliant at the specific niche they represent.Harlequin Productions Stardust shows are a holiday tradition.We at Harlequin Productions are honored to be part of such a superb theater community. Each year we present an eclectic season reflecting the “something for everyone” character of Olympia’s theater scene as a whole. This season, we’re presenting Stardust, a holiday musical for the whole family. After that is The 39 Steps, a comedic adaptation of an Alfred Hitchcock movie featuring four actors playing 139 roles. Next up is Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a Neil Simon comedy. In May we’ll offer Time Stands Still, an edgy modern drama following a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent whose romantic relationship is put to the test after one of them is badly wounded in Afghanistan. Our summer musical this year is Sixties Chicks Too, a revisit to one our most popular musicals ever: an all-female musical revue featuring some of the best music the 1960’s had to offer. Then we round out the season with a pair of shows: To Kill A Mockingbird, an adaptation of the American literary classic, and Recent Tragic Events, the story of a blind date on September 12, 2001.All art has its place, all theater has its place. What disturbs one person comforts another; what bores one person inspires another. From the edgy to the tame, from the tragic to the hilarious, from new works to classics, theater can offer something for everyone. And Olympia’s theater scene has it all. As we approach another new year, consider making it your resolution to get out and experience live theater in our culturally rich community.No matter who you are, I guarantee you’ll find something you love.last_img read more