A few years ago I had some fellow Tulsans reach out to me and tell me about a tailor in town that I had to meet. His name is Sherman Ray, and though he’s 97 years old, he continues to work in his shop almost every day.
Sherman’s had an interesting life: he learned the craft of tailoring when he was a boy in Poland, survived the Holocaust, and wound up in Oklahoma where he started a thriving shop in Tulsa from which he made custom suits for oil executives and lawyers. People would come all the way from Dallas to get a suit made by Sherman. In fact, people still come up from Dallas to have him alter their suits.
I’ve had the pleasure of being a client of Sherman’s for a few years now. Every time I go to get something altered, I end up staying for an hour just to chat. He’s got a lot of great stories. In his 80s he took up weightlifting, and he bench pressed 225 lbs at a senior games here in town when he was 87. He likes to show off his medal he got for that. He still exercises every day, in addition to doing his tailoring work.
I wanted to capture some of the life of this old school treasure, so we created a little film about Sherman. I hope you enjoy it.
On November 11th, the planet shook for about 30 minutes, yet not a single human being felt it. At approximately 9:30 UT, a seismic event happened approximately 15 miles off Mayotte, a French island located off Africa’s southeast coast.
The seismic waves from the area near Madagascar and Mozambique set off seismographs at stations in Zambia, Kenya, and Ethiopia. The waves were said to have traveled 900 mph and within 40 minutes the seismic waves reached Great Britain and within an hour and 15 minutes it reached Hawaii, which is more than 11,000 miles from Mayotte. The crazy part is that scientists aren’t really sure what caused the entire world to rumble.
Scientists are still attempting to understand what exactly happened in the Indian Ocean near Mayotte. “I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it,” Columbia University seismologist Göran Ekström told National Geographic. “It doesn’t mean that, in the end, the cause of them is that exotic.”
Geologists point out that earthquakes typically only last for about 10 to 30 seconds and are followed by aftershocks. Earthquakes also release high-frequency seismic waves that vibrate back and forth and from side to side. However, Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton, reveals that this seismic event was not like an earthquake. “This source was completely deficient in those waves,” said Hicks. “It wasn’t picked up because the signal had a very low-frequency. It was a low, gentle rumbling.”
This mysterious seismic event lasted for 30 minutes and had a low-frequency that rumbled across the entire planet. The newest seismic event was deemed to have monochromatic waves, whereas most earthquakes emit waves in multiple different frequencies.
Scientists don’t know exactly what caused this bizarre rumbling, but they have one theory what caused this disruption. Geologists hypothesize that there is a massive magmatic movement underground. The magma body that is believed to be a cubic mile in size is making its way to the surface. During the magma rise to the surface, the subaquatic magma chamber that was 10 miles under the seafloor collapsed, causing a “slow earthquake.”
Police in the Northern California town of Redwood City arrested a man they found sleeping behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S as it drove down a highway early Friday morning.
The electric luxury sedan had been traveling south on Highway 101, going about 70 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel told Business Insider.
Montiel said officers believed the Tesla was operating on Autopilot because the driver, Alexander Samek, did not respond to their lights and sirens when they tried to pull the vehicle over.
Police stopped traffic behind the Tesla while another officer traveling in front of the car gradually slowed down, forcing the semi-autonomous sedan, which can respond to varying traffic speeds and accelerate or slow down accordingly, to a complete stop.
Police in the Northern California town of Redwood City arrested a man who was traveling on Highway 101 early Friday morning while sleeping behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S.
Officers first spotted the electric luxury sedan driving south at about 70 mph around 3:40 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel told Business Insider on Friday night.
Montiel said the officers took action when it became clear that the driver, 45-year-old Alexander Samek, was sleeping.
"The driver wasn’t responding to lights and sirens," Montiel said.
The officers believed the Tesla may have been operating on Autopilot, a semi-autonomous-driving feature that allows Teslas to drive and change lanes in traffic with minimal human input.
In order to get the sleeping driver’s Tesla to stop, Montiel said officers blocked traffic behind the vehicle while another officer traveling in front of the car gradually slowed down, forcing the Tesla, which can respond to varying traffic speeds and accelerate or slow down accordingly, to a complete stop.
"Once the vehicle came to a stop, the officers got out of their patrol cars, approached the Tesla, and knocked on the windows to wake up the driver," Montiel said.
Officers placed Samek in a patrol car, while another one drove the intoxicated man’s Tesla off the freeway and parked it at a nearby gas station.
Samek was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Montiel applauded the CHP’s "quick thinking" to get the Tesla and its driver out of harm’s way.
Teslas equipped with Autopilot cannot drive themselves. The system deploys an escalating series of warnings if it detects that the driver does not have their hands on the steering wheel. If the driver does not respond, the system deactivates itself.
Ozzy Osbourne turns 70 years old on December 3rd, but he almost didn’t make it to his 70th birthday. There are at least 10 different ways that Ozzy nearly died — from ATV crashes to cocaine duels with David Lee Roth to getting rabies from biting the head off a bat. But one of the manners of which The Prince of Darkness nearly died was not very metal at all. Ozzy Osbourne almost died from a manicure.
Osbourne was forced to undergo an emergency operation in October. “I was in hospital for a couple of days and had emergency surgery and I remember waking up in the morning and Sharon said, ‘What the f*ck have you done to your hand?’” The former Black Sabbath frontman suffered from a serious infection in his thumb after getting cut from a manicure and said he could “hardly move.”
“The funny thing is they reckon I got it from a manicure,” Ozzy said his hand swelled up to “the size of a f*cking lightbulb.” “I’m having the best time of my life — apart from that f*cking thing with my thumb, and I didn’t realize that it was very dangerous.
Doctors told Osbourne that had the infection gotten into his bloodstream, he could have died. Osbourne wanted to play a gig as soon as he got out of the hospital but the doctor warned him, “The doctor said, ‘You must be fucking crazy. You get another staph infection, and you could die.’ He said, ‘One’s enough. You’ve got three individual ones.’” Imagine Ozzy Osbourne’s tombstone: “He was a legendary rocker but he died from a f*cking manicure.”
On October 6th, Ozzy posted a photo of him enjoying some ice cream in his hospital bed with the caption: “Feeling better after surgery. Ice cream helps.”
Osbourne said he was released from the hospital on October 9th.
However, Ozzy is having some difficulties adjusting to not having his right hand. “I’m right-handed. You can’t wipe your own ass,” Ozzy joked. “And I didn’t have many f**king volunteers who would do it for me.”
We understand that Ozzy needs his hands to look great for his black nail polish but he has got to be more careful. You’re Ozzy f*cking Osbourne, you have a net worth of $220 million, pay for a quality manicurist who doesn’t cut him open.
Osbourne had to cancel shows because of his near-death mani but is scheduled to perform on January 30, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. After that, the 70-year-old rocker will go on the North American leg of his “No More Tours 2” tour with Megadeth starting on May 31, 2019, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Whatever manicure doesn’t kill Ozzy only makes him stronger to go on rock tours around the world at the age of 70.
“People keep asking me when I’m retiring,” Ozzy said. “This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there. I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers. I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”
The year was 1978 and rock stars did rock star activities, not for the social media, but rather because they were rock stars and that is what they were supposed to do. The hard-partying rockers at the time had rock star DNA that compelled them to engage in risky behaviors because they were expected to do rock star things. Even if it meant coming close to death.
Two of the biggest rock bands on the entire planet collided in mid-November of 1978 when Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath in Nashville. But the epic concert almost didn’t happen because the lead singers of the two iconic bands engaged in a one-of-a-kind cocaine duel that almost ended in death.
In the midst of Black Sabbath’s Never Say Die tour, Ozzy Osbourne and David Lee Roth hooked up in what would be one of the epic benders of all-time. Ozzy was on his last tour with Black Sabbath and the iconic band would officially drop Osbourne on April 27th, 1979. Black Sabbath fired Ozzy from the band because he was partying too hard with drugs.
Van Halen was opening for Black Sabbath in 1978 and by most accounts, David Lee Roth’s band put on a far superior show. Some say Black Sabbath was in the throes of their drug-induced downfall and the entire band was struggling to keep it together. This was Van Halen’s first world tour and they were savoring every minute, especially frontman David Lee Roth. The energetic and flamboyant singer was ready to challenge anyone, even Ozzy Osbourne.
Black Sabbath with Van Halen at Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN, Nov. 19, 1978. Last tour with Ozzy Osbourne until Ozzfest 1997. pic.twitter.com/XK7UWdu8D0
Van Halen opened for Sabbath in Birmingham, Alabama, and after the show, Ozzy and DLR indulged in some cocaine. But these are two titans of rock music and first-ballot Hall of Fame partiers so they didn’t just snort some coke. The two rock frontmen engaged in a competition to see who could snort the most cocaine without falling on the f
Roth and Ozbourne allegedly snorted enough blow to make Tony Montana say, “Woah, woah, guys, that’s too much cocaine.” Renoff wrote that the two singers “snorted enough cocaine to stop the hearts of a half-dozen men.” The snort-off lasted all through the night and until 9 a.m. the next day.
The tour buses drove from Birmingham to Nashville for the next concert. The musicians got off the buses and went to their hotels. Hours go by and nobody hears from Ozzy. Osbourne isn’t in his hotel room because the tour manager never gave Ozzy his hotel room key. Everybody is looking for the Black Sabbath singer and the tour manager contacts the police to let them know Ozzy Osbourne is missing. The Nashville police and the FBI begin searching for Ozzy. There were no sightings of the legendary rock star and authorities float the idea that maybe he was kidnapped or even worse that he was dead.
The last person to have seen Ozzy was Roth, but he had just finished not dying after he challenged Osbourne to a cocaine duel that took place for half of a day. The manager asked Roth if he could fill-in for Ozzy, but he said he didn’t know the songs. The manager had to cancel Black Sabbath’s concert.
Finally, about 24 hours after he was last seen, Ozzy stumbles into the lobby of the hotel. “Guys were literally yelling, ‘Ozzy’s alive!’” Renoff said.
Apparently, Ozzy had his old room key from the hotel in Alabama and thought it was for the Nashville hotel. Ozzy went to room #616, which was being cleaned by a housekeeper at the time and kicked them out of the room. Ozzy passed out for 24 hours as his body attempted to recover from the coke duel. The moral of the story is never challenge David Lee Roth to a coke-snorting competition even if your name is Ozzy Osbourne.
Roth told the story of Ozzy gone missing in 1978 with comedian and rock music historian Jim Florentine (25-minute mark).
Black Sabbath and Van Halen would come back to Nashville to make up the missed show. Some have said that Ozzy’s 1978 show in Nashville is his worst ever. Thanks a lot David Lee Roth.
Ozzy Osbourne has lived an epic life to say the very least. The Prince of Darkness has survived so many encounters that could have put him six feet under the ground. Ozzy Osbourne turns 70 years old on December 3rd and it’s a small miracle that we still can enjoy the antics and talent of the Black Sabbath rocker. Let’s look at all of the times that Ozzy cheated death when many others would not have.
1.) ATV Crash – Osbourne was seriously injured while driving an all-terrain vehicle in December of 2013. Ozzy broke his collarbone, fractured eight ribs, a vertebra in his neck, and damaged blood vessels, which required emergency surgery at the Wexham Park Hospital in London. The surgeons had to reconstruct his collarbone and open a collapsed major artery that was interrupting blood flow to his arm. Ozzy said he is still alive today because of bodyguard Sam Ruston, who performed CPR on the rock legend. “If it wasn’t for Sam I probably wouldn’t be here. He had to bring me back to life twice,” Ozzy told the Sunday Mirror.
2.) Lots Of Pills – Even before Ozzy’s ATV accident, doctors prescribed the Black Sabbath star a ton of pain meds. At one point in 2003, Osbourne had been prescribed 13,000 doses of 32 different drugs in a year. Ozzy’s 42-pill-a-day regimen made him even more incoherent than he usually is. Ozzy’s cocktail of meds included eight doses of amphetamines, nine doses of tranquilizers, 16 barbiturates, two anti-seizure tablets, two anticonvulsant pills, two painkillers, and three sleeping pills. Ozzy’s heavy dosage of medications may have caused him to crash the ATV. Ozzy’s physician at the time was Dr. David Kipper, who charged the rockstar $650,000 for his services. Sharon Osbourne contends that Ozzy was “over-medicated” and the singer said he “couldn’t talk,” “couldn’t walk,” and “could barely stand up” because he was so drugged up.
3.) Ozzy Overdoses – Osbourne couldn’t deal with his wife’s cancer and turned to pills to deal with the stress. While Sharon was battling cancer, Ozzy couldn’t deal with the thought of losing her. Ozzy’s daughter documents the time that her mom was having a seizure and “Dad was there in his boxers, and I watched him scoop his hands into a bowl of pills, swallow a handful of something, and then wash it down with vodka,” according to her book There Is No F*cking Secret.
“He leaned over to put his hand out to see if mum was breathing,” Kelly wrote. “Then he passed out with his hand over her mouth… The EMTs tried to pull him off, and dad, not knowing where he was or what he was doing, started to resist out of habit. They pulled over the ambulance and started to call the police.” Cops zip-tied Ozzy’s hands as he was overdosing and then Sharon was placed in one hospital room and Ozzy was put in another.
4.) The Madman Goes To The Mental Asylum – Black Sabbath’s manager in the late 1970s was Don Arden, who also managed big-name musical acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Air Supply, and Electric Light Orchestra. Arden advised the band to drop their lead singer – Ozzy Osbourne. Arden’s daughter, Sharon Levy, became the manager of Black Sabbath with Ozzy as the frontman. In 1981, Black Sabbath embarked on their Diary of a Madman world tour. Following a show in Ravensburg, Germany, Sharon called off the rest of the tour so that Ozzy could be flown back to England and checked into a mental health clinic following his marriage to Thelma Osbourne falling apart. Ozzy was treated at the St. John’s Hospital outside London after he suffered a reported nervous breakdown.
5.) Biting The Head Off A Bat – On January 20, 1982, in Des Moines, Iowa, Ozzy Osbourne achieved rock infamy. Mark Neal, a 17-year-old fan, brought a dead bat, bordering on rancid, to the concert and threw the flying rodent on stage. According to Ozzy’s biography Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe, he thought it was a toy at first, then realized the bat was alive and the wings were flapping. Never-the-less, alive or dead, Ozzy chomped down on the bat’s neck and bit off the chiroptera’s head. In the Diary of a Madman, Ozzy says the bat was alive and even bit him, which caused him to be treated for rabies.
6.) The Blizzard Of Oz Drinks A Lot of Booze – Ozzy has survived a hard-partying lifestyle that would kill most human beings after a few weeks, let alone decades of abuse. Osbourne, who describes himself as a “medical miracle,” said he has been on a bender for 40 years. The rocker admitted that he drank four bottles of cognac a day at one point in his career that consisted of “blacking out, coming to again and carrying on.”
7.) Sharon Drugs Ozzy So He Tells The Truth About Cheating – Ozzy’s wife of over 36 years says that she was forced to secretly drug her husband so that he would be woozy enough to reveal that he cheated on her with a hair stylist. Read more about the truth serum drugging HERE.
8.) Ozzy Battles Parkinson’s-Like Disease – John Michael Osbourne has been diagnosed with Parkin Syndrome, a genetic syndrome that causes debilitating body tremors. The syndrome is much like Parkinson’s Disease and Ozzy originally thought his symptoms of involuntary shaking and tremors were caused by his prolific alcohol abuse. “I’d always assumed it was the booze and stuff,” Osbourne told the World Entertainment News Network. “Now I’ve found it all stems from the family.” Upon hearing the prognosis, Ozzy said, “I’m like, ‘Thanks for f*cking telling me.’ Me walking around thinking I’ve got some drug paralysis,” Osbourne said.
9.) The Time Ozzy And David Lee Roth Had A Cocaine Duel – In 1978 Ozzy and David Lee Roth from Van Halen engaged in a cocaine duel that caused many to believe Osbourne had disappeared or was dead. Read the entire story HERE.
10.) Ozzy Almost Died From A Manicure – The Prince of Darkness survived all of these traumatic experiences, but he nearly died in October from a manicure. You can read more about Ozzy’s near-death mani HERE.
Honorable Mention: Ozzy Snorted A Line Of Ants – Ozzy enjoyed his camaraderie with fellow rockers and even snorted ants because Nikki Sixx dared him to. This crazy Ozzy story comes to us from the Motley Crue autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band written by Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, and Neil Strauss
“I handed him the straw, and he walked over to a crack in the sidewalk and bent over it,” Sixx said. “I saw a long column of ants, marching to a little dugout built where the pavement met the dirt. And as I thought, ‘No, he wouldn’t.’ He did. He put the straw to his nose and, with his bare white ass peeking out from under the dress like a sliced honeydew, sent the entire line of ants tickling up his nose with a single, monstrous snort.” Best to keep Ozzy away from your coke. But Ozzy wasn’t done being outlandish Ozzy. Osbourne then allegedly urinated on the ground and then licked it up. Better keep Ozzy away from your bathroom.
Here is Ozzy Osbourne talking about death and drugs.
Attendees of this year’s NeurIPS AI conference in Montreal can spend a few moments driving through a virtual city, courtesy of NVIDIA. While that normally wouldn’t be much to get worked up over, the simulation is fascinating because of what made it possible. With the help of some clever machine learning techniques and a handy supercomputer, NVIDIA has cooked up a way for AI to chew on existing videos and use the objects and scenery found within them to build interactive environments.
NVIDIA’s research here isn’t just a significant technical achievement; it also stands to make it easier for artists and developers to craft lifelike virtual worlds. Instead of having to meticulously design objects and people to fill a space polygon by polygon, they can use existing machine learning tools to roughly define those entities and let NVIDIA’s neural network fill in the rest.
“Neural networks — specifically generative models — will change how graphics are created,” Bryan Catanzano, NVIDIA’s vice president of applied deep learning, said in a statement. “This will enable developers, particularly in gaming and automotive, to create scenes at a fraction of the traditional cost.”
Here’s how it works. Catanzano told reporters that researchers trained the fledgling neural model with dashcam videos taken from self-driving car trials in cities for about a week on one of the company’s DGX-1 supercomputers. (NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang once called the DGX-1 the equivalent of “250 servers in a box,” so pulling off a similar feat at home seems all but impossible.)
Meanwhile, the research team used Unreal Engine 4 to create what they called a “semantic map” of a scene, which essentially assigns every pixel on-screen a label. Some pixels got lumped into the “car” bucket, others into the “trees” category, or “buildings” — you get it. Those clumps of pixels were also given clearly defined edges, so Unreal Engine ultimately produced a sort of “sketch” of a scene that got fed to NVIDIA’s neural model. From there, the AI applied the visuals for what it knew a “car” looked like to the clump of pixels labeled “car” and repeated the same process for every other classified object in the scene. That might sound tedious, but the whole thing happened faster than you might think — Catanzaro said the car simulation ran at 25 frames-per-second and that the AI rendered everything in real time.
NVIDIA’s team also used this new video-to-video synthesis technique to digitally coax a team member into dancing like PSY. Crafting this model took the same kind of work as the car simulation, only this time the AI was tasked with figuring out the dancer’s poses, turning them into rudimentary stick figures and rendering another person’s appearance on top of them.
For now, the company’s results speak for themselves. They’re not as graphically rich or as detailed as a typical scene rendered in a AAA video game, but NVIDIA’s sample videos offer glimpses at digital cities filled with objects that do sort of look real. Emphasis on “sort of.” The tongue-in-cheek Gangnam Style body swaps worked a little better.
While NVIDIA has open-sourced all of its underlying code, it’ll likely be a while yet before developers will start using these tools to flesh out their next VR set pieces. That’s just as well, honestly, since the company was quick to point out the neural network’s limitations: while the virtual cars zipping around its simulated cityscape looked surprisingly true-to-life, NVIDIA said its model wasn’t great at rendering vehicles as they turn because its label maps lacked sufficient information. More troubling to VR artisans is the fact that certain objects, like those pesky cars, might not always look the same as the scene progresses; in particular, NVIDIA said those objects may change color slightly over time. These all are clearly representations of real-world objects, but they’re a long way from being photo-realistic for long periods of time.
Those technical shortcomings are one thing; it’s sadly not hard to see how these techniques could be used for unsavory purposes, too. Just look at deepfakes: it’s getting remarkably difficult to tell these artificially generated videos apart from the real thing, and as NVIDIA proved with its Gangnam Style test, its neural model could be used to create uncomfortable situations for real people. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Catanzaro largely looks on the bright side.
“People really enjoy virtual experiences,” he told Engadget. “Most of the time they’re used for good things. We’re focused on the good applications.” Later, though, he conceded people using tools like these for things he doesn’t approve of is the “nature of technology” and pointed out that “Stalin was Photoshopping people out of pictures in the ’50s before Photoshop even existed.”
There’s no denying that NVIDIA’s research is a notable step forward in digital imaging, and in time it may help change the way we create and interact with virtual worlds. For commerce, for art, for innovation and more, that’s a good thing. Even so, the existence of these tools also means the line between real events and fabricated ones will continue to grow more tenuous, and pretty soon we’ll have to start really reckoning with what these tools are capable of.