Billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Could SHRED On Guitar – RIP


Today the world lost Paul Allen, the great billionaire co-founder of Microsoft. He was seeking treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer he beat nine years ago. He was childhood friends with Bill Gates and, together, their love for technology set their lives on a trajectory to build one of the biggest and most influential tech companies of our era.

Maybe it’s just me, but you ever ask yourself what kind of life you’d live if you had all the money in the world? Paul Allen mastered living beyond his wildest dreams, using his wealth to explore a multitude of passions and causes. He wasn’t just a true titan of American business; he mastered being a rich guy in a way that looked really, reallyreally fucking fun. He owned the Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers. He was oddly obsessed with shipwrecks.

I’ll let others focus on his contribution to modern sports culture. I’m consistently fascinated by what Allen accomplished in the music world. He was an avid guitar player, creating a studio session band called Paul Allen & The Underthinkers. They recorded an album in 2013 and it’s stacked with great American jam talent: Ivan Neville, Derek Trucks, and Joe Walsh, along with Paul’s smokey blues riffs.

The great American record producer Quincy Jones once said that Allen was, himself, Jimi Hendrix reincarnated:

Paul Allen could SHRED and did some publiclly on almost every occasion he could. Listen to him rip on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hear My Train a Comin’” at Sky Church in Seattle six years ago:

The most amazing thing is that he RIPPED in a suit and collared shirt almost every single time he took the stage. That’s James Brown-levels of commitment to the wardrobe game:

And this one is my favorite: Paul Allen taking the stage with Derek Trucks in Jersey City after the Seahawks beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Dude just won the biggest title in sports and took the stage to shred it up in celebration.

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Rest easy, Paul. Jam hard up there.



Leaders in Silicon Valley, entertainment, and professional sports are remembering Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who died after a battle with cancer at 65


Paul Allen

Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist, died Monday afternoon after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The 65-year-old Seattle native is best-known for having launched Microsoft with Bill Gates, but he also operated the venture-capital firm Vulcan Ventures, and staked his claim on sports franchises as the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers.

Allen previously overcame a bout of Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the 1980s, but he was later diagnosed with cancer in 2009, which returned after a period of remission.

As a titan in the tech industry and the world of sports, Allen influenced his colleagues to inspire millions of others through their work.

Here’s how Allen’s friends and associates are responding to his death.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen dies at 65 after battle with cancer

Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist

"I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends," Gates said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal on Monday. "Paul was a true partner and dear friend."

Gates and and Allen were high-school friends; they founded Microsoft in 1975.

"Personal computing would not have existed without him," Gates said.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO

"Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good," Cook said in a tweet on Monday. "We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s friends, the Allen family and everyone at Microsoft.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO

"We lost a great technology pioneer today – thank you Paul Allen for your immense contributions to the world through your work and your philanthropy," Pichai said Monday. "Thoughts are with his family and the entire Microsoft community."

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Bill Gates says he’s ‘heartbroken’ by the death of his Microsoft cofounder in an emotional statement


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Bill Gates has said he is "heartbroken" by the death of his childhood friend and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen.

Allen, who also owned the NFL Seattle Seahawks and the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, died on Monday afternoon after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family confirmed to Business Insider. He was 65.

Gates said Allen helped change the world with the creation of the personal computer. He added that his life was marked by a "second act" in which he attempted to improve the lives of people in Seattle, where he was from, and others around the globe.

Gates’ statement, which was carried by CNBC and The Washington Post among others, is copied below in full:

"I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.

"But Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.’ That’s the kind of person he was.

"Paul loved life and those around him, and we all cherished him in return. He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come. I will miss him tremendously."

READ: Business Insider’s Paul Allen obituary»

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‘Our industry has lost a pioneer’: Tech titans are devastated by the death of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen


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Some of the most prominent tech leaders on the planet have paid tribute to Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft who died on Monday at the age of 65. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai were among those to celebrate the mark that Allen left on the tech world. 

He died from complications relating to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer he was first diagnosed with in 2009. Allen disclosed earlier this month that it had returned after a period of remission.

Scroll on to see how tech leaders responded to news of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen’s death.

Jeff Bezos: "He was relentless to the end."

"Very sad to hear of Paul Allen’s passing. His passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end. My heart goes out to Paul’s family and friends."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Twitter

Tim Cook: "Our industry has lost a pioneer."

"Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good. We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s friends, the Allen family and everyone at Microsoft."

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Twitter

Satya Nadella: "I have learned so much from him."

"Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world."

"I have learned so much from him — his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones. Rest in peace."

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on LinkedIn

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This crazy fire funnel was created entirely in camera


With long exposure photography, you create unusual, surreal worlds in your photos. UK-based photographer Tim Gamble specializes in long exposure light photography and makes breath-taking artwork. One of his photos really caught our eye, so we wanted to hear more about how it was taken. We chatted with Tim about the photo he titled Love is a Burning Thing, and he shared with DIYP some details on how it was created.

This is the gear and props Tim used:

  • Two Manfrotto tripods
  • Pentax 28mm f/2.8 adapted to Sony
  • Minolta 50 mm f/1.8 adapted to Sony
  • Sony A7II
  • A length of steel wool formed into a circle a lighter and a fractal filter.
  • Light stand with one Yongnuo 560IV fired remotely, modified with an orange tank from a broken water pistol for the light behind the silhouette.
  • Vape from an electric cigarette.

How it was taken

This photo was shot during a single long exposure in complete darkness.  And the crazy effect you see was created entirely in camera, using tripod and lens swap. Tim gave us a detailed explanation of the process he used to create this fantastic image.

Tim and his friend went to a pitch black lime kiln in the Peak District to create this photo. First, Tim framed the circle of steel wool on the floor using the first tripod and the Minolta 50mm. Then, with the second tripod, he framed his silhouette to fall in the center of the frame using the Pentax 28mm. He worked out best settings to expose for both elements and started the shot.

Tim fired the shutter and lit the ring of steel wool on the floor letting it burn around the circle like a fuse.  The mirroring effect is from the fractal filter mounted on the Minolta at f/22.  Once the steel wool finished burning, he replaced the lens cap and moved to the second tripod.  Whilst the camera was still exposing, he removed the 50mm and replaced it with the Pentax 28mm at f/5.6, with the lens cap on.  He took up position and filled the air with vapor from his e-cigarette. His friend removed the lens cap and Tim fired the flash remotely to expose the silhouette in the middle.

Although the image looks like it has some special effects, it actually went through very little post-production. Tim converted the RAW file into JPEG in Lightroom and did some basic editing.

Some additional tips

We asked Tim if he had some tips for all those who want to take a photo like this. Considering that it involves tripod swapping and mix exposure lens swapping, you can first read more about those here and here.

“I use tripod swaps when I want to accurately line up two or more elements of a shot.  For the lens swap I used two lenses here as I needed the circle of fire to reach the outside of the frame.  I also wanted the silhouette to appear smaller in the frame and show more if the inside of the Lime Kiln. So I needed the wide angle field of view from the 28mm.”

There are lots of groups online like Light Junkies on Flickr and lots of light painting groups on Facebook where people are super-friendly and willing to share knowledge. You can join these and get plenty of useful advice, ideas, and feedback.

“Taking people to places that only exist in your head is an amazing thing,” as Tim puts it. And the best piece of advice he gives about light painting is: try to be original and use your imagination.

Make sure to see more of Tim Gamble’s work on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. You can also read more about his light painting work and various techniques on Light Painting Blog.

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Why hurricanes hardly ever hit Europe


You don’t have to live far inland to avoid hurricanes. Just move to Europe. It rarely sees full-on hurricanes. But that may soon change. Following is a transcript of the video.

Europe hasn’t had a hurricane reach its shore in over 50 years. Now don’t get the wrong idea. Hurricane season still brings a hefty dose of wind and rain. But Europe has something that North America doesn’t, when it comes to protection against hurricanes. Location.

Hurricanes usually form off the coast of West Africa, where warm water near the Equator and high humidity create columns of rapidly rising rotating air. It’s the perfect recipe for a storm. Now the more warm, moist air that the system picks up, the stronger it becomes. That’s why a tropical storms can quickly grow into a full on hurricane as it marches across the Atlantic. Now normally hurricanes are propelled on a westward track by the trade winds, caused by the Earth’s rotation. That’s why Europe as well as the West Coast of the US, rarely experience full on hurricanes. But that’s not the whole story.

After all, since the year 2000, remnants of around 30 hurricanes have reached Europe. For comparison, Florida has seen 79 real hurricanes over the same time frame. By the time these remnants make landfall, they’ve went from a hurricane force, to a tropical storm or weaker. And that’s where Europe’s location comes into play. In order for a hurricane to head towards Europe, something crucial has to happen. It has to travel really far North by about 200 miles. Once a storm system reaches 30 degrees north, it encounters the subtropical jet stream. Which moves in the opposite direction of the trade winds. And therefore, blows the storm East But because the storm is now farther North, the waters underneath are colder by up to about five to 10 degrees Celsius. Which means less energy available to feed the storm. And as a result, it starts to die down by the time it’s headed for Europe. Even though it’s no longer a hurricane, it still packs a punch when it hits shore. In fact, most of these hurricane remnants will combine with other nearby cyclones and weather fronts, that create high winds and rain that mainly hit Ireland and Great Britain. But have been known to reach as far as Greece or even farther in Northern Russia. Typical damages include power outages, flooding, and occasionally casualties. Most recently the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia made landfall in Ireland and Scotland in 2017. About 50,000 households in Northern Ireland lost power. Three deaths were reported and downed trees closed many of the public roads and highways. This was the worst storm that Ireland had seen in 50 years. And it may be a sign of what’s to come.

As global surface temperatures rise, it will also increase the sea surface temperatures in the Northern Atlantic. Which researchers estimate could contribute to an increase in the number of hurricane force storms that reach Europe. Some experts predict that by the end of the 21st century, Europe could experience, on average, 13 powerful storms each year during hurricane season. Compared to the two per year it sees now.

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Stephen Hawking’s last paper on black holes is now online


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Stephen Hawking never stopped trying to unravel the mysteries surrounding black holes — in fact, he was still working to solve one of them shortly before his death. Now, his last research paper on the subject is finally available online through pre-publication website ArXiV, thanks to his co-authors from Cambridge and Harvard. It’s entitled Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair, and it tackles the black hole paradox. According to Hawking’s co-author Malcolm Perry, the paradox “is perhaps the most puzzling problem in fundamental theoretical physics today” and was the center of the late physicist’s life for decades.

The information paradox arose from Hawking’s theoretical argument back in the 1970s that black holes have a temperature. As such, they’re bound to evaporate over time until there’s nothing left, releasing energy now called the “Hawking Radiation.” See, it’s believed that when an object enters a black hole, its information gets preserved on its surface forever even if it vanishes from sight. If a black hole evaporates, though, then so will that information. That creates a paradox, because according to the rules of quantum physics, information can never be destroyed.

The new paper shows how that information can be preserved by photons called “soft hair” surrounding the edge of black hole, which you might know as the event horizon. According to Hawking, Perry, Andrew Strominger and Sasha Haco, a black hole’s temperature changes when you throw an object (say, a planet’s atoms) into it. The hotter it gets, the more its entropy (its internal disorder) rises. That entropy is what’s preserved in a black hole’s soft hair.

Perry said he called Hawking a few days before he passed away to discuss their work. “It was very difficult for Stephen to communicate and I was put on a loudspeaker to explain where we had got to. When I explained it, he simply produced an enormous smile. I told him we’d got somewhere. He knew the final result,” he told The Guardian. The scientists admit that there’s a lot of work to be done, though: “It’s a step on the way, but it is definitely not the entire answer,” Perry said. “We have slightly fewer puzzles than we had before, but there are definitely some perplexing issues left.”

You can read the paper in full in its pre-published state. Earlier this year, Hawking’s last paper on the multiverse theory was also published in the Journal of High Energy Physics, in case that’s more up your alley.

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Fake a $30k pro video controller with an APC40 or Beatstep and Davinci Resolve


We’re living in an age of video and motion graphics. But now not only can you get a free license of Davinci Resolve to use pro-level tools, but this hack will let you make a standard music controller do a convincing impression of a $30,000 controller. Finally, visuals get as easily hands-on as music.

The Tacyhon Post has a bunch of excellent tools for users of Davinci Resolve. (Resolve is the editor / motion graphics / post tool from Blackmagic. It’s a pro-grade tool, but you can use a free license.) But most intriguing are controller mappings for the Akai APC40 and original Arturia Beatstep. If you don’t have an APC40 already, for instance, that’s an inexpensive used buy. (And maybe this will inspired other mappings, too.)

The APC mapping is the most interesting. And it’s ridiculous how much it does. Suddenly color grading, shapes and motion, tracking and all the editing functions are tangible controls. THe developer has also added in mappings for Resolve FX. And it’s updated for the latest version, Resolve 15, released this summer.


The Beatstep version is pretty cool, as well, with similar functionality to the APC. This isn’t the Beatstep Pro but the “vintage” Beatstep. Unlike the APC, that controller hasn’t had quite the staying power on the music side – the Pro version was much better. But that means it’s even better to repurpose it for video, and of course then you have an effective mobile solution.

If you’re the sort of person to drop 30 grand on the actual controller, this probably isn’t for you. But what it does is to liberate all those workflows for the rest of us – to make them physical again. The APC is uniquely suited to the task because of a convenient layout of buttons and encoders.

I’m definitely dusting off an APC40 and a forgotten Beatstep to try this out. Maybe if enough of us buy a license, it’ll prompt the developer to try other hardware, too.

Super custom edition by the script developer, with some hardware hacks and one-off paint job. Want.

Meanwhile, where this really gets fun is with this gorgeous custom paint job. DIY musicians get to be the envy of all those studio video people.

Grab the scripts to make this work (paid):

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How Fast You Can Realistically Build Natural, Drug-Free Muscle? Here’s Your Answer.


How To Build Muscle Naturally

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As a former 103 pound skinny runt I wanted nothing more than to build muscle. I figured more strength and muscle would help me in sports and more importantly, to get laid.

Unfortunately, I fell prey the same misinformation you probably see today.

“Add an inch to your arms this week!”

“Add ten pounds of mass in BulkTober!”

Whatever the marketing hype, I bought it…along with the supplements and miracle workouts programs sponsoring the overhyped programs. Chances are, you’ll have the same experience.

Realistic Muscle Building Expectations

Before setting any goal, you must know what’s physically possible.

For example, I’m 5’9”.  It’s an unrealistic expectation that I can make a living playing left tackle and protecting Aaron Rodgers blindside.

Just as I can’t expect to make a living playing left tackle, the average bro can’t expect to eat, train, and look like a bodybuilder.

Further, for most guys who want to look bigger, they’d be best served by getting leaner first. Getting leaner-10-12% where you can see some abs–will show more definition through your chest, arms, and back. Plus, the leaner you are, the less body fat you’ll store when bulking up.

Consider getting leaner first before trying to build muscle.

The Scientific Models of Muscle Growth

The Lyle McDonald Genetic Muscular Potential Model is the golden standard when it comes to determining “how much muscle you can build.”

For starters, this model is built for natural, drug-free guys. Second, this is the maximum potential–meaning if you do everything right, this is what you can expect. Most guys don’t do everything right, whether they’re not eating enough, not training correctly, or skipping on sleep.

What does this mean?

Building muscle is a slow process. Agonizingly slow, to be exact. Most guys scoff at the idea of only adding one or two pounds of muscle per month, trade in their beer money for weight gainer shakes, and add up building their FUPA faster than their biceps.

Bad idea.

When it comes to building muscle, play the long game. The longer you lift and train correctly, the longer it’s going to take, likely capping your muscle growth at 40-50 pounds, total.

As you progress, it gets exponentially harder to build lean muscle.

For example, a 30-year-old or 40-year-old silver-back bro will struggle to gain as fast as an 18-year-old male with the testosterone of a raging bull.

How To Build Muscle Naturally

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Realistic Muscle Building In Action

Let me tell you about David.

David is a 21-year-old college student. He lifted weights in high school and as a freshman in college but fell off every few weeks. David would rather play Call of Duty, drink cheap beer, and chase girls. Not a sad life too different from my college days.

Unfortunately, girls don’t often date quiet, timid guys who resemble their cute nephew.

David grew sick of the same old same old and decided to build muscle once and for all.

At 140 pounds, David follows a workout plan based on getting stronger in the gym with exercises like squats, deadlifts, rows, and bench presses. He’s training four days per week and tracking his workouts.

He’ll no longer eat “a lot.”

To find how many calories he needs to eat, he took his bodyweight (pounds) x18.

140x 18= 2520 calories.

He’s eating 1g of protein per pound, (140g) and plenty of carbs and fats to fill the rest of his diet.

He’s tracking his diet, drinking less beer, and even sleeping eight hours per night.

Here’s what he can expect.

Year One: Beginner

Woohoo! David built a decent amount of lean muscle. Here’s how it breaks down:

140lbs x .0125 (rate of total body weight per month) = 1.75 pounds per month = 21 pounds per year.

David gained nearly 2 pounds of lean muscle per month and now weighs 161 pounds. Goodbye, little t-shirts and hello, mediums.


Year Two: Intermediate

For the first time, David started to hit a wall with his workouts. Luckily, he tweaked his routine by working with me as his online coach (shameless plug, I know; did I mention I now have a mortgage, a beautiful lady to please and a dog to feed?) David started to add lean muscle again.

161 lbs X .0075 (rate of total body weight per month) = 1.2 pounds per month or 14 pounds in a year. David is still gaining at an impressive rate.

David gained about a pound per muscle and now weighs 175 pounds. He’s lean with a few abs showing and appears much bigger than he is. David deadlifts 405 lbs and looks better than 90% of guys in the gym.

As to whether his dating life is improving, I leave that to your imagination.

Year Three: STILL Intermediate

David has learned a lot. He might not be a gym Jedi, but he’s every bit a Han Solo.

He knows how to make subtle adjustments to his training. He tracks his workouts and “feels” when he needs to push harder or dial back. He’s in the zone and pushing his body to the max.

175 lbs x 0.0037 (rate of total body weight per month) = 0.65 pounds of muscle per month, or 7.7 pounds in a year.

David gained almost eight pounds in his third year and now weighs 183 pounds.

His strength gains slowed down, so he added more training volume to focus on building muscle. Right now, he’s at a level most folks won’t ever reach in the gym.

How did David do it?

Well, he’s been consistent.

David can continue making progress, but the process will be slow. He’s creeping towards his genetic limit for size and strength. He might gain a few pounds per year, but he’s not piling on 30 pounds of new muscle like a newb.

The Journey

After a few years of solid training, your progress will slow to a trickle. No biggie, it’s part of the game when you’re no longer makin’ newbie gains.

Again, your reaction to slower progress is key. Don’t try every method under the sun and end up with information overload,  like most lifters. Instead, reconsider down on your expectations and review your progress.

Are you willing to dedicate every aspect of your life for bigger arms or a more symmetrical body?

If not, consider continuing on your path and understanding you’ll still make progress, but it’s going to be a journey.

Remember most guys can build around 40-50 pounds of lean mass.

Gaining more than the aforementioned 40-50 pounds requires an elite level of discipline (like competitive bodybuilders) and potentially, a good pharmacist. Not here to judge in either way, but facts are facts.

The Takeaway

You can gain 1-2 pounds of lean muscle as a beginner and gradually less; .2 – .5 lbs per month after. The process is slow when looking forward, but well worth the journey.


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