Arcade Fire Announces New Tour Dates

first_imgArcade Fire will return to the road in support of their 2017 album, Everything Now. Dubbed “Everything Now Continues,” the newly-announced series of dates will bring the indie rock icons through much of the Midwest and Southeast, including stops at Birmingham, AL’s Sloss Festival and Louisville, KY’s Forecastle Festival.Last year’s Everything Now tour was an interesting outing for the Canadian-American group, who are known for their energetic live performances. Rather than performing on a traditional stage, the band set up boxing ring-style platforms in the middle of various stadiums, offering fans a 360 degree view of the action during their concerts. Those shows usually featured career-spanning setlists, with numerous tunes from the latest album as well as their four earlier LPs.Arcade Fire’s next run through the United States will kick off on July 7th in Clarkston, MI before wrapping up in Bristol, VA on July 20th. Tickets for the shows will go on sale Tuesday, March 20th, though pre-sale tickets are available now.In related news, Arcade Fire just unveiled a “double music video” for the Everything Now tracks “Put Your Money On Me” and “We Don’t Deserve Love”. Titled by Money + Love, the David Wilson-directed video stars the band and acclaimed Australian actress Toni Collette. Additionally, Arcade Fire is scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live this coming weekend (March 17th).Arcade Fire – “Money + Love”Arcade Fire Tour North American DatesJuly 7 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater July 8 Milwaukee, WS @ SummerfestJuly 10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE July 12 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater July 14 Birmingham, AL @ Sloss FestivalJuly 15 Louisville, KY @ Forecastle FestivalJuly 18 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 19 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing July 20 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Livelast_img read more

Technology guides blind student through law school

first_imgHow does a blind student maneuver in law school? Scott Greenblatt tells us — via e-mail — how technology helps him function as a third-year law student at Florida State University:“I use a standard laptop with the screen-reading program JAWS for Windows from Freedom Scientific. JAWS echoes any text that appears on my computer screen and the functionality of the software allows me to navigate around any program I have on my computer without use of a true mouse.“JAWS allows me to read through documents, e-mails, or Web pages line by line, sentence by sentence, word by word, character by character, paragraph by paragraph, and even from a point of my choosing to the end of the document.“I get all of my textbooks in digital format from the publishers so that I can open the books through a word processing program like MS Word. Having my books in this format allows me to modify them in ways that permit me to make notes in the book like I could if I were using a pen or highlighter on a hard copy.“The small unit I pulled from my pocket to make note of that book Justice Lewis told me about is called a Voice Mate. It is like a voice-operated digital planner on which I can store phone numbers and addresses with recorded names, record voice memos for note-taking purposes, and record memos attached to time/date stamps that set off alarms to alert me to a message I set for myself.“In addition, I also use a small digital book reader unit called a Book Port, which is pocket-sized and uses removable compact flash cards on which I can put my textbooks and any other digital documents for review. The Book Port is purely a book reader that does not allow me to modify any of the files I read on it, but I am able to insert bookmarks in the files on the unit to mark passages I wish to move directly to within a file I am reviewing.“I also use a Braille note-taker from Freedom Scientific called Braille Lite. The Braille Lite uses a Braille keyboard with voice output to read what is on the unit, and it also has an 18-cell refreshable Braille display that allows me to read any documents on the unit without any audio output.“All accessible software and hardware is quite expensive. JAWS for Windows: $1,000; Voice Mate: $250; Book Port: $500; and the Braille Lite note-taker was $2,500 when purchased.“I’ve been fortunate to be a client of the Division of Blind Services, and they help me out with purchasing the expensive accessible hardware and software. DBS also helps me purchase my textbooks for class and pay for people to read documents onto audiocassette if I cannot get the materials I need in another format.“When my professors hand out materials in class, I ask them to send me those materials as attachments to e-mails, which generally works if the materials are on their computers, and if the materials are only available as hard copy printed text. Mark Evans, from the FSU College of Law library circulation desk, helps me by having those materials scanned into digital text format for me.“When I got to Florida State, I had to be led around my entire first semester by a sighted guide until I could be trained on how to get around to my classes. Each semester I had to work with my mobility trainer to find where my courses were located. the time my undergraduate [in psychology] was finished, I had learned how to walk to around 24 buildings across the campus. When I took my tests in my courses, I had someone at the Student Disability Resource Center read them to me and then record my answers on the designated answer forms. Due to the nature of my tests, I was (and still am) given double time to complete each exam so I have enough time to listen carefully to each question and decide on my answers.“When I decided to go to law school, I knew I had to take a prep class and DBS paid for me to attend the Kaplan course. Since none of the study materials were in accessible format, DBS also paid for those materials to be read onto audiocassette for me. I took the LSAT in Pensacola with a reader/writer and used double-time allowance for the administration of the exam. Before I took the LSAT, I had to fight with LSAC to get the few accommodations I requested. I have since learned that other individuals with visual impairments have requested and gotten more accommodations than I was assured by LSAC that they do not allow. I found it not at all surprising that LSAC had been in trouble previously when it came to accommodations for persons with disabilities, and I only wish I had known more about the outcomes of those cases when I was dealing with LSAC for my accommodations.“I got my first guide dog, Norway, from Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida, in August 1994. Norway was a 60-pound black Labrador retriever who worked with me until I retired her in 2003. Norway now lives with my parents down in Hollywood, as their pet. When I retired Norway, I went back to Southeastern Guide Dogs and got paired with Karly. The dogs are weaned from their mothers at eight weeks old and given over to foster families to raise and train until they are one year old, and then they return to the school for guide training. During that first year, the puppies learn all the basic obedience, as they are socialized by going with someone from the home they are placed with wherever they go, just like a completely trained guide dog, and they begin to learn the basics about directional commands. When the puppies go back to the guide dog school, they are formally trained how to lead their partners, identify and avoid dangerous situations, and identify so they can find certain objects like doors, elevators, and stairs upon command. The dogs are trained not to eat, drink, or relieve themselves when they are in harness and on the job.” November 15, 2005 Regular News Technology guides blind student through law schoolcenter_img Technology guides blind student through law schoollast_img read more