Comparing Bob Weir & John Mayer’s Sit-Ins With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

first_imgIn the past month or so, both Dead & Company guitarists – namely John Mayer and Bob Weir – have joined the acclaimed tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead for extended sit-ins. Unlike most tribute bands, drummer Joe Russo has actually spent time performing with members of the band he tributes, during his tenure with Furthur. This sets Almost Dead on a unique trajectory, performing the music of the Grateful Dead with a background in, well, performing the music of the Grateful Dead.The first of these high-profile sit-ins came when John Mayer made his way to the Brooklyn Bowl back in October. Mayer has found himself in the center of the Dead universe after his full transformation into Deadheadism, catapulted to prominence by his fame and, more importantly, his talent. The guitarist is a faithful bearer of the proverbial torch, steeped in blues rock traditions.When he made his way to the Brooklyn Bowl, John Mayer didn’t just join in for a song or two – he played an entire set with Almost Dead. A set with this band is no easy feat, as Joe Russo & co truly take liberties with the Grateful Dead catalog like few before them. Fortunately, Mayer is a pro, and he handled the band’s style with a passionate energy. You can hear that in full force on “The Other One,” streaming below.While Mayer adapted to the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead style, it seems that the band “almost” adapted to Bob Weir’s style when the Grateful guitarist joined them last weekend. Weir met up with his former Furthur bandmate, Russo, his future “Los Muertos Con Queso” bandmate, Tom Hamilton, and the whole Almost Dead crew for an intimate moment at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. Unlike Mayer sitting in for a whole set of Almost Dead music, the band stripped down and welcomed out Weir for a five song acoustic set.This wasn’t the first time that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead went acoustic; they actually did that at the afore-mentioned Brooklyn Bowl run in October. However, when you consider Weir’s recently completed acoustic “Campfire Tour”, it’s evident that Almost Dead adapted to Weir for the set. Not that that’s a bad thing! Bob Weir is a legend, after all. The set itself featured a mix of Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead classics, not too far off from the “Campfire Tour” setlists.Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead perform “Cassidy” (with “Let It Grow” teases), courtesy of MarkoVision Films, below.As Bob Weir was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. it would make sense that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead would cater to his desired performance style. Meanwhile, John Mayer, as revered as he is as a musician, is still a newcomer to the Grateful Dead world. He seems naturally elated just to play the Grateful Dead’s music, and what better way to do so than with a band who are equally as elated to play the catalog. It seems that John Mayer is almost on a level playing field as the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead crew, a member of the next generation of Grateful disciples, while Weir is O.G. Dead.All in all, these collaborations detail an underlying devotion to the Grateful Dead. The music never stopped!last_img read more

Secrets of the New XPS 13 Thermal Engineering

first_imgOn January 4, we unveiled the new small but speedy Dell XPS 13. Already winning awards and heralded by outlets like PCWorld for setting the trend for thin, light and small (but mighty).The team involved in its overhaul are celebrating (rightfully so) and experiencing a bit of nostalgia recounting how we went from idea to reality! I thought you’d enjoy some of the “inside baseball” on the thermal engineering of XPS 13 – a big part of how we made the world’s favorite laptop even better (it’s a little geeky but that’s what makes it cool).As Jason Evangelho noted in Forbes, “the same material that protects Mars Rover makes Dell’s XPS 13 a better notebook.”Here’s an excerpt from an email exchange I had with the engineer behind it all: Dell Thermal Engineering Technologist Travis North P.E.“The material wrapped around the heat pipes is called Aerogel laminate. The material is a silicon aerogel in a ePTFE liner.  The liner from GORE (a really cool company – still family owned and killing it in industries from apparel to aerospace and now computing) was critical, allowing us to thin out the product for feasibility use in the PC industry.  Dell is first to launch with this material – it has the lowest conductivity known to man. Launching tomorrow, you’ll see a second product with this material – the first with 0.1mm material thickness (thinnest material). Net-net – this allowed for close to a 3C reduction in skin which equates to close to a 4W increase in overall PL1 level performance at steady state.“Additionally, we’re using our dual ultrathin fan with dual heat pipes, which allowed us to support the full turbo range on R and G as well as elevated sustained levels of steady-state power.”GORE Thermal Insulation was with us on the big stage at CES today – check it out by watching the replay on our Alienware team’s Twitch channel.Travis’ manager weighed in, reinforcing:“It (XPS 13) uses a cutting-edge thermal insulator (Silicon Aerogel, NASA technology) with allows us to reduce the skin temperature by 3 degrees. This has been the primary limitation of performance. This gives us a significant boost in sustained performance when you run for a longer duration  – can be 15-40%. Most thin systems throttle the performance in minutes – you can see the comparison of our system versus the competition over multiple runs (leads by a mile).”You can see a chart for comparison below. And if you are curious about what aerogel looks like (I know it’s been keeping you up at night 🙂 ) – here you go. “So many companies are always abusing the phrase ‘space age technology,’” Evangelho said. “Well, Dell’s definitely backing it up.”It took time to get here with some failed attempts, but we made it.In the end, the ePTFE liner from GORE was what was able to encapsulate the silica aerogel while allowing us to achieve thickness sub 0.3mm which was required for our products. The material is almost as light as air and has a Styrofoam type feel.Join us in congratulating Travis and the team for their innovation and drive. Each and every ingredient innovation is what makes our products the best in the world — and our team even better!last_img read more

Hero’s Welcome as Oscar Lands in China

first_imgTevez’s transfer fee was €0.5 million, according to the website, which tracks football transfers, and the 32-year-old is reportedly set to become the highest-paid player in the world with a two-year contract of €38 million per season.Oscar’s deal with Shanghai SIPG is thought to be €24 million a season — which would put him above Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi — but the fee they paid to Chelsea eclipses the estimated €55.8 million the ambitious Chinese side shelled out for Brazilian striker Hulk in July.SIPG General Manager, Sui Guoyang, admits that Chinese clubs need to offer eye-watering sums of money if they are to get in the big names.“If we don’t offer €60 million, do you think he will bother to come?” Sui asked last week of Oscar, according to Sky Sports.“There’s such a huge gap between CSL and Europe’s top leagues. It’s unrealistic to suggest that we would have done it in a different way.“The cost of signing the player was €60m indeed, not £60m. The club’s senior management personally flew to Paris to seal the deal.”Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte, who dropped Oscar this season and deemed him surplus to requirements at the Premier League title-chasers, last month said the burgeoning financial muscle of Chinese clubs was “a danger” to football because few other teams in the world could compete with the vast sums they are splashing out.After escorting Oscar through a media scrum on arrival, Sui dismissed concerns raised by Chinese state media of a market bubble in the Chinese league, again arguing that prices have to be higher to attract players away from big European leagues.“The league is developing so of course it will go through many different stages,” Sui told AFP.“I believe that from now on the Chinese Super League will become healthier and more normal.”Some fans put it more bluntly.“In the end if you do not pay the money then nobody would be willing to come over here,” said SIPG supporter Zou Jiahuo.Oscar and Hulk will work under former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas at the Shanghai club.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazilian star Oscar was given a hero’s welcome when he landed in Shanghai monday in a €60-million-euro deal from Chelsea that smashes the Asian transfer record.Dozens of chanting Shanghai SIPG supporters mobbed the international midfielder, 25, at the city’s Pudong airport.Oscar’s arrival in the Chinese Super League (CSL) comes ahead of that of Argentina’s former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, who signed for Shanghai Shenhua in another big-money deal last week.last_img read more