“For the last three years, Caltech students and staff have been lending a hand at Pasadena City College, providing free tutoring and mentoring to some of the campus’s nearly 800 student veterans. This past spring, 19 Caltech community members participated. Their involvement is part of a larger volunteer program, run through PCC’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC)—established in 2010 under a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office—that provides support and guidance to the campus veterans.
It was night filled with mixed emotions as long time local legendary band, the Missiles of October played their last gig at the Marine Room in Laguna Beach after over 24 years of playing the Sunday afternoon spot for lucky locals and assorted visitors from all over the world.
Old fans, new friends, regulars and used to coulds all showed up for a great evening of music and fun.
For those of you who weren’t there, here are some rough cuts of what you missed:
First video: Apologies to David Witham on piano for not panning ’round to catch his solo, but Richard Bredice’s blistering guitar solo makes up for it, and takes the room to another dimension, and gives an indication of the level of musical prowess on hand that night.
The Band takes a riff on Les McCann’s “Compared to What” with audience and crowd shots.
Production note: The audio is not optimal as we had only the on-board Canon camera mike, no credits either as these are completely rough. Set playback to 720 or 1080p HD.
More to come. Bob Hawkins, the original guitarist sits in on a co-composition of his and Poul’s, Back to the Basics:
The Missiles of October Band will take up residence at the White House in Laguna Beach on Sundays, starting Nov 15th from 4pm to 8pm.
More info on the White House here: http://whitehouserestaurant.com/events-calendar
DC bureaucrats waste 3.4 Bil designing info system no one can use basically
“Heaving under mountains of paperwork, the government has spent more than $1 billion trying to replace its antiquated approach to managing immigration with a system of digitized records, online applications and a full suite of nearly 100 electronic forms.
A decade in, all that officials have to show for the effort is a single form that’s now available for online applications and a single type of fee that immigrants pay electronically. The 94 other forms can be filed only with paper.
This project, run by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was originally supposed to cost a half-billion dollars and be finished in 2013. Instead, it’s now projected to reach up to $3.1 billion and be done nearly four years from now, putting in jeopardy efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies, handle immigrants already seeking citizenship and detect national security threats, according to documents and interviews with former and current federal officials.”
– Excellent article on how a comprehensive federal program resulted in comprehensive failure. No surprises there I guess.
I especially liked the following:
“From the start, the initiative was mismanaged, the records and interviews show. Agency officials did not complete the basic plans for the computer system until nearly three years after the initial $500 million contract had been awarded to IBM, and the approach to adopting the technology was outdated before work on it began.”
Remember those salient facts the next time you hear for a comprehensive fix to anything federal.
Sadly or or not, Silicon Valley, a Google or Amazon is probably a better fit to solve problems like this, certainly not the dysfunctional and moribund Washington D.C. bureaucracies.