Lydon and Turner went everywhere together: practices, meals, the gym and the New Hampton hang out spot, the “DP,” short for the Dog Pound. Their competitive natures took over as Lydon beat Turner at ping pong and pool. Turner got revenge when he, Lydon and teammate Daniel Levitt rap battled.“We’d sit up in the dorms late every night freestyling,” Turner said, laughing. “He’s horrible. I’d win every time. Sometimes I think he was too afraid. When I’d leave, he’d rap. When I came back, he’d be quiet.”They also went to the DP to watch sports, particularly college basketball and the NBA.Turner liked watching James Harden. As Lydon and Turner played their five or six games of daily 1-on-1, Turner began emulating Harden. He’d slash to the basket, hesitate, then angle sideways into a step-back jumper. Turner frustrated his bigger, taller roommate until Lydon adopted the move himself.“I’m like, ‘Yo, you can’t be stealing that,’” Turner said, laughing. “He got really mad when I did it.”When the two meet up again, Turner expects the same trash talk, he said. He looks forward to seeing his friend in person instead of on FaceTime.“Those two are really close, it’ll be fun,” Hutchins said. “As far as their rivalry goes in college, we’ll have to see how that plays out.” Comments Published on January 13, 2016 at 3:54 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The last time A.J. Turner saw Tyler Lydon, the green-gowned roommates had just graduated from The New Hampton (New Hampshire) School. They sat in front of their dorm, Lewis Hall, looking at the cars stuffed full of family and moved-out dorm belongings.That moment hit Turner, he said, more than taking the last basketball team photo or cheering loudly for Lydon when he got his diploma. In two years, the two junior transfers, Lydon from southeastern New York and Turner from just north of Detroit, had gone from strangers to roommates to teammates to rap battlers to brothers.When they broke apart from a hug, neither could find words. Twenty seconds passed. They each muttered about working hard and seeing each other soon.Before another long silence overtook them, before they drove away in separate cars, Turner said something that made Lydon laugh.“Hey,” Turner said. “I’m going to dunk on you when we play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTurner has a chance to make good on that promise when Boston College (7-8, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) travels to the Carrier Dome to play Lydon and Syracuse (10-7, 0-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It’ll be the first time the former teammates will play against one another. They’ll have a chance to measure up skills acquired from years of pushing one another constantly in high school. Turner has been playing more power forward recently, he said, and he knows it’s the same position Lydon sometimes plays too.“It’s going to be surreal,” Turner said. “If we get switched onto one another, I’ll have a little bit more hyper juice.”Courtesy of Boston College AthleticsWhile Lydon, SU’s sixth man, has played in all 17 games but started none, Turner has started 14 of 15 games, averaging 6.5 points per contest. He is fourth on the Eagles in rebounds and assists.Where he and Lydon are today, Turner said, is because of one another. In high school, they woke each other up for coach Peter Hutchins’ “early bird” workouts at 6:15 a.m. Hutchins, who counts former BC guard Olivier Hanlan and Portland Trail Blazers forward Noah Vonleh among his alumni, challenged players to use those workouts for improving unconventional aspects of their game.For 6-foot-7 Turner and 6-foot-8 Lydon, that meant ball-handling, footwork and outside shooting. As seniors, Lydon and Turner played small forward and shooting guard, respectively, Hutchins said.Hutchins kept track of who showed at Early Birds. By season’s end, Turner had the most, Lydon a close second, Hutchins said.“A.J. evolved as a competitor because New Hampton was different in terms of dedication to basketball for him,” Hutchins said. “… Tyler has a motor. He really progressed as a ball-handler and passer. His confidence grew.”
(Visited 548 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 For all the confident triumphalism scientists display, there are major things they do not grasp.Something is seriously wrong with our understanding of the cosmos (New Scientist). “Something is wrong with the expansion of the universe,” Leah Crane writes. “Nearby galaxies seem to be moving away from one another too fast, we don’t know why, and every new set of data just seems to make the problem worse.”Two incredibly fast-orbiting stars seem to be the wrong temperature (New Scientist). “The two-star system could fit within the diameter of Saturn. The two stars are strange: the less massive one is colder than we’d expect, and the more massive one is far too hot at more than 48,000°C.”Monster ‘Loner’ Star Causes Scientists to Rethink Supernova Explosions (Space.com). Supernovas are the “standard candles” upon which theories depend about the big bang, dark energy, and the age of the universe. But how firm is that foundation? This article talks about one supernova that is causing astronomers to reconsider what they thought they knew.“Everything about this supernova looks different, its change in brightness with time, its spectrum, the galaxy it is located in, and even where it’s located within its galaxy,” Edo Berger, astronomy professor at Harvard University and co-author of the study, said in the statement. “We sometimes see supernovas that are unusual in one respect but otherwise are normal; this one is unique in every possible way.“New Timeline for ‘Giant Planet Migration’ May Rewrite History of Our Solar System (Space.com). The nebular hypothesis for the origin of planetary systems by natural processes has always been nebulous, but now even more so. In recent decades, discoveries of weird exoplanetary systems caused astronomers to invoke migrations to keep them stable. Then, our own system was starting to look like the outlier. “The largest planets in our solar system could have drifted away from the sun much sooner than scientists previously thought,” according to a new study. This article claims a partial recovery of theory by invoking astronomers’ favorite causes: random impacts. Enough free parameters can match any theory.Earth’s moon from Cassini, 1999 (NASA). Some crater floors at the poles never receive sunlight.Mysteries of the Moon: What We Still Don’t Know After Apollo (Space.com). Short answer: a lot. Lunar scientists were surprised to find water on the moon. They don’t understand the role of volcanoes, and when they occurred.Hayne suggests that scientists need to revise their models of the moon’s volcanic activity as most of them think that it stopped being active a long time ago, which may not be true — some scientists believe that the moon is still tectonically active.There is also debate over how old our moon is, with ages ranging from 4.5 billion years to a much younger 150 to 200 million years.In short, “We have a lot of great questions,” one said. “The Apollo missions helped us solve many of the moon’s mysteries, but there are still many more questions that have been left unanswered — and even a couple that arose as a result of the samples brought back by the Apollo astronauts,” said NASA’s former chief historian. See also on Phys.org, “Study suggests much more water on the moon than thought.”Earth could have more water than we thought while exoplanets have less (New Scientist). Back on Earth, scientists are realizing that water ice under high pressure acts differently than they thought. “We might need to rethink our understanding of water, both on Earth and other planets.” How could they have been so wrong about our home planet, let alone the moon and distant exoplanets?Origin of massive methane reservoir identified (Phys.org). Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were “totally surprised” to find a pool of the potent greenhouse gas methane on the ocean bottom. This is abiogenic methane: i.e., not produced by life. “These oceanic deposits make up a reservoir exceeding the amount of methane in Earth’s atmosphere before industrialization,” scientists said. What does this mean for climate models? They didn’t say.Scientists Just Found a Previously Unknown Organ Lurking Under Your Skin, and It Helps Detect Pain (Live Science). How often would you expect to find a new organ in the body? The human body has been studied since ancient Greece. Yet just recently, scientists found structures under the skin that are involved in the pain response.Probing an evolutionary riddle (Nature). Why do people harm themselves? That doesn’t fit evolutionary theory. This article begins with a modified “March of Man” cartoon, showing a man at the end of the line kneeling holding his head as if in pain or depression.While co-organizing a symposium a few years ago, a distinguished evolutionary psychologist named Nicholas Humphrey sought an expert to explore a mystery dating back to the time of Charles Darwin. “Natural selection will never produce in a being anything injurious to itself,” Darwin wrote in On the Origin of Species.But in humans, natural selection apparently did exactly that. Suicide is the leading cause of violent death, striking down about 800,000 people worldwide each year—more than all wars and murders combined, according to the World Health Organization.The shocking statistics tell something unusual about mankind, something that requires a better explanation than natural selection. If natural selection drives people to kill themselves, then society would have to accept that as part of the Stuff Happens Law. It would not be conducive to giving people help, as if they have minds and souls.Our astonishing brain is hard to figure out – and that’s fantastic (New Scientist). This article explains just a few of the challenges involved in figuring out what brain activity means, and what produces it. Remember this when scientists claim this incredibly complex organ evolved, and that they somehow “know” that.Survey says scientists mistrust a large amount of published research (New Scientist). If scientists don’t trust a large portion of the work of their peers, who presumably use the “scientific method” to gain knowledge, then how much can the public trust it?Out of those surveyed, 25 per cent said exaggerated findings, a lack of detail, and poor conclusions make research outputs untrustworthy. “There’s always someone trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Within your own field this can be easier to detect, but it’s less easy to determine when scouting subjects that you are less familiar with,” a materials scientist in the UK told the survey.This admission that scientists are aware of tricks that can be played is alarming. The general public, unfamiliar with most fields of science, is even more susceptible to having the wool pulled over their eyes. If the scientist sees this deception going on in an observable, repeatable field like materials science, how much less should people trust evolutionary stories talking about things that happened millions and billions of years ago?This is the tip of a very large iceberg. Science does well with observable, repeatable tests, but even then they make assumptions that can be challenged. The most solid conclusions are only tentative: what the consensus believes today. When they go off on speculations about things they cannot possibly know, they left “science” far behind.
9 October 2014As the organisers of the inaugural Cape Town Fringe call a wrap on the 11-day festival, which offered up a mix of theatre, puppetry, comedy, music, physical theatre and family fare, they say the numbers attained have set them on the same growth path as other festivals they’ve studied – particularly their World Fringe Alliance partner festivals in Amsterdam, Prague and New York.“We are very happy with the overall performance of the festival,” says Tony Lankester, the festival’s CEO. “For our first edition we felt that audiences were strong.”The World Fringe Alliance is a grouping of nine fringe festivals around the world which collectively reach an audience of more than 3-million people. Alliance members are the festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide – and Cape Town.According to the latest figures, 18 569 people attended Fringe performances. “This is a significant first outing and exceeded our expectations,” said Lankester. A total of 486 performances of 92 productions were staged.Lankester acknowledged that, like any festival with multiple events, some productions fared better than others: “That’s the nature of these things as well as what makes them such a great journey of discovery for our audiences.” The productions that proved most popular at the box office were Andrew Buckland’s Crazy in Love, Stuart Lightbody’s Devilish, and Followspot Productions’ Big Boys Don’t Dance.“That’s not to say that others didn’t do well – some were performed in smaller venues so didn’t have the opportunity to earn big box office takings, but still received acclaim,” said Lankester.A consideration that would be taken into account when putting together next year’s programme is that while Capetonians seemed to be spoiled for choice when it came to music, there was “a significant demand for the kind of theatre we staged on the Fringe”.A project of the National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown every July, the Cape Town Fringe stems from a three-year partnership with the City of Cape Town. Other partners are Standard Bank, M-Net and 567 Cape Talk.“Cape Town is richer for the Cape Town Fringe festival in more ways than one,” said Garreth Bloor, the Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development. “It has added value to the lives of both its citizens and its arts community and the shows were expertly and professionally executed. “We applaud the great strides made for new, young theatregoers through the schools programme,” Bloor said.“In addition the grand lady, City Hall, took centre stage as host to this event as the venue was transformed into four theatres, a box office and the Fringe Club.”Councillor Bloor also wished the Cape Town Fringe team well with their planning for 2015.The response from participating artists and Mother City residents alike has been upbeat, with some sharing their excitement on social media:“We’ve seen some fantastic shows on the first CT Fringe!! The Year of the Bicycle was incredible … so powerful! And Whistle Stop was phenomenal. Such incredible talent in this country – phew. And last night, Herbie Tsoaeli just blew us away,” enthused Karina Porter Robert on the Cape Town Fringe’s Facebook page.Comedian Andrew Simpson (Lord of the Flings) said he was grateful that the Fringe was giving performers another platform to showcase their work. “To start something, whether a business or a festival or writing a script, is the hardest part. I’m positive that the Fringe will grow even stronger next year,” he said.Lessons learntA great deal has been learnt from this first outing, and Lankester said that the organisers would be responding productively to criticisms – especially those around timelines and the selection process.“Now that we’ve done our first event and have a solid idea of the venues involved and what they’re capable of – and now that we’re more confident around the logistics of staging an event in Cape Town – we can focus on bringing a lot of that selection, scheduling and planning forward, giving productions more time to prepare and market themselves,” he said.Economic impactMusic journalist Evan Milton compared the Cape Town Fringe with the National Arts Festival in its ability to transform “spaces that are meant for something else into islands and havens of art, culture and nourishing entertainment”.Around 30 technicians and sound and lighting specialists were employed for the duration of the festival. Also involved were Cape-based equipment and infrastructure suppliers, a security company, as well as local entrepreneurs who ran the bars and a coffee shop at the Fringe Club.Guitarist Guy Buttery was full of praise for the Fringe’s behind-the-scenes crew: “I have had the honour of performing at many first-time festivals over the years, some of which have been fantastic and others which needed a bit of work. I’ve never been to an inaugural event of any kind that is so well organised, with great venues and even better technicians, as I have at the Cape Town Fringe. The City of Cape Town is lucky to have all these world-class shows come to its doorstep (from all over the country and not just Cape Town) and, personally, I hope it’s here to stay for good.”The broader reach and influence of the Fringe would be better understood once Rhodes University’s Economics Department crunched the data from the economic impact study they conducted at the Fringe.Schools programmeA key focus of the festival was the exposure of young people to the world of arts, helping them develop their own voices. Around 1 000 learners from schools in Grassy Park, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha were invited to attend free shows and workshops at City Hall.“You have completely changed 180 learners and 20 educators’ experience of performance – and expectations of achievement. And that is no small thing,” wrote Kapil Misra, the principal at Battswood arts centre in Grassy Park, and drama teachers Sheldon Cross and Penny Youngleson, in a joint letter of thanks to the organisers.This, Lankester said, was a key part of what the Cape Town Fringe was trying to achieve: “Their experience was something that money just can’t buy.”