Ad-Rock, the former Beastie Boys member, just released a remix of Spoon’s cowbell-heavy “Can I Sit Next To You”, off the group’s ninth studio album, last year’s Hot Thoughts.While Hot Thoughts already showed the Austin, Texas-based indie-rock band exploring more funk-inspired stylings, the Beastie Boy rapper heightens this vibe with his remix of “Can I Sit Next To You”. In Ad-Rock’s reimagining of the Spoon song, the rapper, guitarist, and actor reconstructs “Can I Sit Next To You”, isolating the song’s propulsive and prominent bass and drums and the airy vocals laid out by Spoon singer Britt Daniel and relayering them.Currently, Spoon has plans to tour with Grizzly Bear for seven shows in June, spanning from June 18th to June 30th, in addition to an upcoming leg of their current tour, which begins on May 13th in Nashville. As for Ad-Rock, he has teamed with Mike D, the other surviving member of the Beastie Boys, to release a memoir due out in the fall. The highly anticipated book has been in the works since 2013.You can take a listen to Ad-Rock’s remix of Spoon’s “Can I Sit Next To You” below.Spoon – “Can I Sit Next To You” (Ad-Rock Remix)[H/T Rolling Stone]
University of Georgia agricultural scientists are making historythis week. They are the first academic delegation to visitNorth Korea since the country closed its doors during the KoreanWar.A delegation from UGA’s College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences is visiting North Korea on a four-day trip that endsOct. 30. The group includes Gale Buchanan, UGA CAES dean and director; Ed Kanemasu, coordinator of the college’sInternational Programs; Han Park, director of UGA’s Centerfor the Study of Global Issues; poultry scientist Nick Dale; and horticulturists Stanley Kays and S.K. Hahn;.The group is being hosted by the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee,which serves as intermediaries between North Korea and the Westernworld.”This trip is a reciprocal visit from a meeting we hadwith a North Korean agricultural delegation a couple of yearsago,” Buchanan said. “During that first visit, theyinvited us to come to North Korea. It’s taken some time to plan,but this will be an opportunity for us to visit on their turf.”Famine, Drought and FloodingNorth Korea’s “turf” is in turmoil now as the country dealswith wide-spread famine, drought and flooding. Buchanan hopesthe university delegation can eventually work with agriculturalscientists in North Korea to help solve some of these problems.”Agriculture provides the basis for any society becauseyou’ve got to feed people before you can do anything,” hesaid. “On this trip, we are taking some of our scientistswho have the best knowledge in these areas.”Buchanan’s team of scientists plans to talk with the NorthKorean delegation about areas of mutual interest.”We put together our delegation based on the kinds ofthings they seemed to be most interested in when they came tothe Georgia,” Buchanan said.Helping North Korea succeed could be beneficial to producersin Georgia and the United States, Buchanan said.Trading Goods and People”Another side of this visit is we would like to see thatcountry, as well as all countries, prosper, because then they becometraders,” he said. “The United States has things we’dlike to sell, barter and trade. It’s a two-way street.”Kanemasu hopes this trip will open doors to an exchange program for scientists.”We hope to develop an agreement in which there wouldbe an exchange of faculty between our college and the Academyof Agricultural Sciences in North Korea,” he said. “Ithink the time is also right for us to develop relationships.We have a lot of information and germplasm, and other countriesdo as well. It’s best for everyone that we open up interactionsbetween our countries.”The UGA delegation won’t be the only Americans in North Koreathis week.America’s Leaders Visiting Too”Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State) will be there thesame time we are, and that shows exchange at very high levels;the highest levels we have ever seen,” Kanemasu said.”It would not surprise me if President Clinton goes to North Koreabefore his term ends, as a final cap on the developmentof these relationships.”While in North Korea, the UGAdelegation plans to visit several universities as well as agriculturalsites and production areas.”Candidly, we don’t havean agenda,” Kanemasu said. “It is a closed society andwe must realize that we are their guests, but we want to accomplishas much as possible, too. Face-to-face meetings are necessaryto gain confidence and provide a basis for developing furtherrelationships.”Buchanan is hopeful the UGA visit will be the first of manyand the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership.”This first trip is more to explore than anything else,” Buchanan said. “But if things continue to thaw, I can seemore definitive delegations in the future. But for now we’ve gotto start somewhere, and that’s what we’re doing.”(Pete Konenkamp, UGA University Communications, contributed to this article.)
It’s a Southern tradition. Whenever the forecast calls for snow, folks dash to the store and deplete the supply of bread and milk. But if you’re iced in for a few days, bread and milk won’t keep your family going for long or do much to maintain the morale of snowbound children and adults.So how do you make the average home a fully-stocked winter weather shelter? It doesn’t take much, but the key is to prepare before winter storms arrive.Before the stormEmergencies don’t call ahead for reservations. Preparing for disruptive weather in advance means you’ll be ready whenever it comes. During good weather, University of Georgia Extension experts recommend winterizing your home by:Insulating walls and atticsSealing air leaks around windows and doors with caulk or weather-strippingInstalling storm doors and windows, or covering windows with plastic UGA Extension specialists encourage Georgians to build an emergency food supply for emergencies ranging from winter storms to spring floods. As you routinely grocery shop, purchase one or two extra shelf-stable, ready-to-eat canned goods, like non-condensed soup, canned chicken breast and tuna, pasta meals and vegetables. This will build an emergency food supply without adding too much to your grocery bill each week. Unlike frozen foods, canned foods won’t be damaged by a long power outage. Make sure you have a manual can opener, too. Avoid dry foods like pasta and rice. They are stable, but they require water and cooking, luxuries that may be in short supply during a storm.The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends stocking at least a three-day supply of adequate nutrition, water and prescription medications for each family member, including pets and livestock. Why three days? That’s how long it may take to restore electricity and clear roads of ice, fallen trees and other hazards. In recent U.S. natural disasters, actual restoration of electricity, water and transportation can take much longer.To get through disruptive storms or other emergencies, also store the following items:Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and hygieneAn alternate heat source and fuel, like a hefty supply of firewood for the fireplace or wood-burning stoveFlashlights with extra batteriesNOAA weather radioEntertainment – There’s a lot of idle waiting time when you’re storm-stuck. Books, cards, board games and energy-releasing activities (besides hauling firewood) can keep cabin fever at bay.During the stormUse foods from the refrigerator first, then frozen foods, then canned foods. If the oven isn’t working, use coals from the fireplace to heat food or cook outside on your grill. Don’t bring the grill indoors as this can cause deadly carbon monoxide to build up inside.Long term food storageCanned foods keep for months, but oxygen inside the packaging causes food quality to decline over time. Working with a grant from NASA, food scientists at the University of Georgia are working on a process that squeezes so much oxygen out of food it can retain just-picked quality for years. The idea is to make comfort foods like macaroni and cheese available to astronauts on multi-year journeys to Mars, but it’s also applicable to long-term food storage here on Earth. The researchers have brought oxygen levels down to parts-per-million, but they’re aiming for parts-per-billion. Until then, it’s best to periodically use and replace items in your emergency food supply to keep them fresh.Car kitsWhile most Southerners avoid driving whenever ice and snow threatens, it’s also prudent to store a few supplies in you car. Collect the following items for your vehicle’s emergency supply kit:Ready-to-eat foodsBottled waterBlanketCandles and matchesWhistleHand-crank flashlight and radioWarm clothes and bootsHeavy work glovesToiletry itemsIt’s a good idea to have a similar kit in your work place in case conditions prevent you from getting home.For more information on emergency preparedness, download UGA Extension’s Home Emergency Preparedness Handbook from www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/pubs/hace/HACE-E-86.pdf or visit www.ready.gov/.