Had I cared for Burberry signature tan red and black plaid, I could have snagged a ”cashmere” shawl for the same HK$80, but I had targeted a Ferragamo sheer silk chiffon scarf (JFK prices US$92 $210) in either a subtle geometric or floral pattern. It proved surprisingly elusive in the land that practically invented silk scarves but I did discover a long, rectangular double sided chiffon wrap with a butterfly repeat. The vendor drove a hard bargain, barely dipping from her HK$129 starting price to settle at HK$100 (US$13)..
“Well, if you lot are playing hooky today, no way I’m going to work. It’s simply not right.” She picks up the telephone to call in. When she’s done, she looks at us. The case for the Kinks goes something like this: They invented the power chord, notably in their first big hit, “You Really Got Me” (1964), and helped pioneer the concept album with “Arthur (1969). More than their peers, they engaged in satire and social criticism, starting in 1965 with “A Well Respected Man.” Three years later, they got the jump on the modern environmental movement with their album “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society.” Their hit “Lola” (1970) injected sexual ambiguity into rock. Their paean to Englishness, “Waterloo Sunset,” was performed in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics..
This last April, Amazon opened Amazon Lex to the public. Lex is a platform that gives developers access to the same tools that power its digital assistant Alexa, and it bundles speech recognition, text recognition, and conversational interfaces. In the same week, Amazon also announced its AWS Chatbot Challenge a competition to create a lifelike user experience..
This is The Record, a brand new blog about music news produced as a collaboration between NPR’s Arts Desk and NPR Music. Every day we’ll be talking about the music you hear and why. We’ll take a close look at the machines that influence what you hear, when, how much it costs and where the money goes, who works with whom and who really shouldn’t have..
Died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero battling against terrorism and securing our nation, the president said. I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies. Ryan legacy is etched into eternity, he said..
Art collective builds a dream house in Santa Fe with millions of dollars and junkDavid WhartonSomething about the old sprinkler pipe, the way its black metal has corroded and blossomed in bright patches of rust, puts a smile on Matt King face. “Perfectly aged,” he says. “Like gold to me.” The 31 year old artist thinks it will look great in his latest creation, a room he has transformed.