You are memorizing this for the wrong reason. Thus begins Volume Three of the legendary four-part work The Hyperion Cantos, by word wizard Dan Simmons. I quote this line at the outset to emphasize that I have nothing against Bradley Cooper. In fact, I’m a fan who admires him for his guts as an actor and director. I am writing because I believe that a film (or series of films) is the wrong medium for the Cantos and would reduce and constrain our imaginative opportunity. I believe it is a work that
should be left alone as one for the ages to be read (and perhaps listened to, more about which shortly). In a larger sense, my objection invites us to reconsider the question of how medium and story should best fit together.
Allow me to expand. For those of you who don’t know, the Hyperion Cantos is a four-volume saga equal in scope, moral force and sheer entertainment value to The Lord of the Rings. If you haven’t read it, stop and order it right away. It is a virtuoso mashup of hard science fiction, mythology, a profound love story, thoughts about the future of the human/AI relationship, organized religion and more. It is a philosophical tract on what it means to be human, a deep exploration of power and politics, an almost lyrical future military history, a meditation on leadership, art, poetry and more. You get the idea.
I have now read the four volumes from cover to cover twice and keep coming back to their expansive universe with fresh curiosity and unanswered questions. Not all of their meanings can be easily digested in a single reading.
Recently I added listening to memorizing via the Audible versions of the Cantos. I was mesmerized by the superb artistry of narrator Victor Bevine and his ability to bring complicated characters to life. In reading, one is tempted to rush ahead, to find out what happens next. In contrast, my spoken word experience was more conducive to savoring and reflecting because it slowed down the experience and enabled a different pace of digestion. Most importantly, hearing the voices of the characters allowed room for my imagination while luxuriating in the primal experience of being read to.
Thus I got thinking when I heard rumblings of an effort to develop the Cantos into a film(s) at Warner Brothers, driven by no less a member of Hollywood royalty than Bradley Cooper. Having been around the film business and produced a couple of feature films myself, I can certainly appreciate how producers go into heat when they sense a Dune-like epic that can ring the cash registers with multiple sequels, prequels, and spinoffs (not to mention the merch).
But I say don’t do it. Making this film will reduce the impact of this timeless narrative and its characters. Film condenses in a way that can severely constrain the imagination. Let’s first do a bit of simple math, The four books weigh in at 2046 pages. Assuming an average memorizing pace of a page a minute, we’re talking 34.1 hours of reading. And the Audible versions clock in at a whopping 95 hours! Lots of room for the imagination to take flight. To reflect, digest, learn, weep, rejoice. In contrast, a film occupies somewhere between two and three hours. Draw your own conclusions.
There are times when I want a gifted film-maker to take my imagination along for a ride, regardless of the source material. I’m glad that I read The Lord of the Rings
before seeing the movies, but Peter Jackson’s version stands out as faithful to this beloved work. The current Rings of Power on the other hand travels a lesser road IMHO, sacrificing depth for plot points. And that’s where the risk lies.
Frankly, I don’t want to see the Cantos brought to earth by the latest clever casting decisions involving flavor-of-the-month actors. I don’t want to see Hollywood’s version of massive space battles. I don’t want to see the subtleties of human/AI interaction reduced to digital FX. Film is literally reductive; it’s someone else’s imagination on the screen for you to experience. For example, I read Dune when it first came out. Now I
see Oscar Isaac whenever I reflect on the travails of Duke Leto, and that’s OK for me. When the film craft is good, all is forgiven. When it is mediocre (or the budgets are limited), the imagination suffers.
Leave me alone, Bradley Cooper. This project is too big to have any chance of being faithful to the original. Let me hang out in the Cantos in my own way, warmed by the words of Dan Simmons who ought to someday get a Nobel Prize for narrative imagination. Let me savor characters who have become my friends through Victor Bevine’s narration. Leave me alone with my own imagination to bring the words – written and spoken – to life. I don’t need someone else’s imagination to hitch a ride to this galaxy. Leave me alone. Don’t disempower my imagination. Don’t take away my ability to dream.
Do you have a child who might be interested in a medical career? Well, exposing them early can be a great way to get their foot in the door. There are a lot more options than being a doctor or nurse. We all know that healthcare is an increasingly popular field for a lot of reasons. Discover Healthcare held their first annual, “Discover Healthcare” event at St. Scholastica College today. The event had sophomore students go through a hands-on career exploration event. It included many fields such as surgery, labour and delivery, therapy, mental health and so many more. Students got hands on experience from professionals as well as medical students.
“I do think it’s very interesting and I might go into the nursing field, but I am a bit scared because I know that sometimes when like a big career is missing a bunch of people and people go into that career, there’s an overflow when they graduate college. So I’m a bit cautious about getting into the nursing field, but I might do something adjacent to it and then hop in if they need more notice,” says Enby a sophomore high school student.
Now every kid doesn’t need to know exactly what they want to do, but spending time thinking about what it is they want to do and getting exposure to the field while they are maybe working on general prerequisites can be helpful.
“We believe all information is pertinent and important, so we want them to be as prepared for all elements: what’s good, what’s challenging, how you make a difference. So we think health care is a wonderful field to go into. It’s going to be a lot of opportunities, even if there are some challenges,” says Adam Soderlind a student support specialist.
Discover Health’s goal for its first event, was to engage attendees in career exploration. Help them truly understand the extent of career opportunities available and how it connects to career pathways and higher education. Lastly, creating foundational experience that will lead to future engagement with the healthcare industry and higher education.
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On Monday, FCPS announced the official partnership with Go Team Therapy, Crisis, and Airport Dogs, Inc. The partnership includes having well-trained, certified therapy dog teams placed in school programs that provide comfort through a canine-human bond.
According to a news release, the partnership will provide opportunities for representatives to speak in schools for intended students based on requests from counselors. The objective is to create a common sense of purpose by setting mutually agreed upon objectives related to the schools' goals.
"For example, Aspirational Goal 4 says FCPS will nurture relationships with families and the entire community, sharing responsibility for student success and demonstrating pride in all aspects of our school system," a spokesperson for FCPS said.
The partnership will also allow for visits from the Go Team Therapy Dogs to be prioritized with crisis meets fur-st, followed by specialized programs and events.
Crisis visits can be done one class at a time or the volunteers could meet with students one-on-one or in small groups with the dogs. Specialized programs, which typically lasts around 15 minutes, are for small groups of students to visit with the dogs.
No, several large Colorado school districts said Tuesday, they are not having issues with students identifying as cats or other animals, as Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl has repeatedly claimed is happening in schools across the state.
Ganahl, a University of Colorado regent running to unseat Gov. Jared Polis next month, said in a radio interview last week that “schools are tolerating” students “identifying as cats.” She then doubled down on that position in subsequent interviews over the past several days: She told Fox31 that she’d received more than 100 messages from parents “across Colorado” talking about the issue in their school.
Ganahl reiterated her concern in a statement to the Denver Post on Tuesday, casting students dressing up like cats as a distraction when they should be learning.
“As a candidate for governor, but more than anything as a parent, my concern is that distractions like children dressing up in costumes at school detract from the reality that 60% of our kids are not performing at grade level,” she said. “It’s tragic that we are failing our children. We need to make them our priority.”
Officials for Denver Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, Aurora Public Schools and Colorado Springs School District 11 all denied having any issues with students dressing up as cats or other animals. Two statewide organizations, representing teachers and administrators, criticized Ganahl’s claims and said they had never been made aware of such issues, either.
“Denver Public Schools has not had an issue with students identifying as cats or any other animals,” district spokesman Scott Pribble said in an email, “and we do not provide any accommodations for anyone identifying as cats or other animals.”
Randy Barber, spokesman for Boulder Valley School District, which is included on a list Ganahl’s campaign provided of schools where students dress like animals, said he was unaware of any such issues.
“The concerns being generated by the Republican gubernatorial candidate are baseless,” he said.
The list of schools allegedly affected by the issue does not describe the breadth of the alleged concern at the named school, nor does it provide any detail beyond the schools’ names, location and alleged action taken by administrators. Campaign spokeswoman Lexi Swearingen said it had been compiled by the campaign and by the founders of Jeffco Kids First, a group formed two years ago to advocate for in-person learning. The founders are also part of the campaign’s “parents coalition,” Swearingen said.
A brief document featuring the Jeffco Kids First logo had already been circulating, detailing parents’ complaints about bullying and students dressing in costumes in school, along with other alleged behavior. The group’s co-founder, Lindsay Datko, who moderated an education forum with Ganahl on Sunday, did not return two messages sent Tuesday.
Fifteen of the schools on Ganahl’s list are within Jefferson County Public Schools. A spokeswoman for the district had previously said there was “absolutely no truth” to Ganahl’s claims and that students aren’t allowed in costume; she told the Denver Post on Tuesday that the district has a dress code and principals can restrict clothing, “which would include students dressing in costume.”
Seven of the schools on Ganahl’s list are from Grand Junction. Callie Berkson, spokeswoman for Mesa County Valley School District, said in a statement that educators there had seen some students wearing things like headbands with cat ears on them that are “indicative of a trend which has commonly been referred to as ‘furries.'” But she said it has been present in schools, and in Colorado, for years and is not an issue in the district.
“The District, as well as each individual school, has guidelines dealing with standards of decency, safety, and cleanliness,” she wrote in an email. “Should the behavior of this trend become disrupting to the school environment, we would take appropriate action in addressing the situation.”
Two Douglas County schools are also included on the list, with a note that one of them had to ban dog collars. District spokeswoman Paula Hans said that was not true.
Another inclusion is a Weld County high school. District spokeswoman Theresa Myers said she spoke with an administrator and that the school was “not having issues with students dressing up in costumes at the school.”
The allegation that schools are supporting students dressing up as animals has popped up repeatedly, and been debunked repeatedly, across the United States over the past year. In March, a Nebraska legislator claimed that students there were dressing up as animals and that schools were planning to install litter boxes for those students to use; he later apologized and recanted the statement. Last week, Scott Jensen, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, said kids were identifying as “furries” and using litter boxes.
Ganahl has not claimed that Colorado schools are employing litter boxes. Every district who spoke to the Post on Tuesday said they did not provide litter boxes for students.
The claims are “exhausting” for educators, said Bret Miles, the executive director of the Colorado Association of School Executives. His group, along with the Colorado Education Association, described the claims as false. Both groups said no educator, administrator or district had ever reported issues similar to Ganahl’s claims.
“Our educators have been so focused on having a normal school year going through, we’re focused on all of that lost time that kids had over the last few years, and here we are,” Miles said. “School districts are spending time chasing down storylines that were purely for political gain. They have nothing to do with what kids are experiencing at school, and it’s shock and awe. It’s just incredibly frustrating.”
The claims come amid heightened national scrutiny into how schools handle gender identity and sensitive Topics generally. One Colorado, an LGBT advocacy group, described Ganahl’s statements as “a disparaging attack on LGBTQ+ youth,” according to a statement from the state Democratic Party. One Colorado’s spokeswoman, Gillian Ford, told the Post that the allegations had already been proven false. She called them “questionable at best and contemptuous at worst.”
“I hesitate to use the word ‘conspiracy theory,’ but I would say this vicious rumor – it’s been debunked how many times already?” Miles said. “Now it’s out there again, in our governor’s race.”
He said the claim is part of a broader effort to politicize what’s happening in the classroom and is contributing to burnout and exhaustion among educators. He said that teachers are dealing with a battery of other issues that deserve attention.
“When you throw this on top of it, it’s coming to the top of list why people are saying, ‘I don’t know why I even want to do this anymore,'” he said. “Politicizing the daily instructions of school and the daily work of a school is rising up the list of why people are questioning of why they want to be in this profession.”
Mental health is a top concern among students as the effects of the pandemic linger.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A new mobile health clinic is making its way to schools all across Port Angeles.
It provides everything from immunizations to physicals, but the greatest need providers are seeing is for mental health care.
Noah Larsen got a sports physical from a licensed nurse practitioner outside a neighborhood school on Friday. The 9-year-old plans to play soccer and basketball this school year.
The clinic serves students in eight schools across the Port Angeles School District.
Noah's mom believes a healthy body equates to better achievement in school.
"When we are providing for behavioral, physical and mental health needs it allows students to be more prepared to come to school ready to learn and also to interact with their peers," Becca Larsen said.
Other districts have implemented health clinics inside some schools, but the fact that this one comes directly to students is a game changer.
It breaks down barriers for parents who can't miss work or have transportation issues -- people who are often on the low end of the income scale and already susceptible to health problems.
"Having kids not have to miss school or worry about a parent getting off of work to pick them up and take them to a clinic, being able to take those services directly to them breaks down those barriers and helps them access those services more effectively," said Dr. Michael Maxwell, CEO of the North Olympic Healthcare Network (NOHN), which runs the clinic.
NOHN garnered $400,000 in public and private grants to buy and outfit 38-foot Winnebago.
The clinic also houses a mental health counselor, and those services are desperately needed as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic linger.
Of the 31 appointments already booked for the clinic this year, 29 of them are for issues related to anxiety, depression, self harm, thoughts of suicide or other behavioral problems.
Noah's mom, Becca, also works with the clinic to help kids in need navigate through their struggles.
"There might be some triggers in the school that make it hard to focus. That's why our providers provide strategies," she said. "We do that so kids can be successful in class, and the earlier we catch it the better."
Funding for the mobile clinic is secured through the end of June 2024.
After that, NOHN plans to find a way to keep it rolling.
"We will try to subsidize it. This is not a money maker," Maxwell said. "We are doing this because it's the right thing to do for our community."
As demand for content creation space continues to thrive, Hackman Capital Partners (HCP) is set to assert its dominance and tighten its grip on the show business industry with a major new investment vehicle.
The private investment and studio operating company based in Los Angeles announced Wednesday that it closed its HCP Studio Fund at $1.6 billion to acquire, develop and manage studio space around the world.
The fund closed on $1.4 billion of commitments, and co-investment commitments of $200 million in equity capital. The investors are a mix of global institutions that include sovereign wealth funds, public and corporate pensions, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices.
“We have built a unique and highly differentiated platform that has established Hackman as the premier owner and operator of independent film and television studios,” HCP’s CEO Michael Hackman said in a statement. “Combined with our long-standing industry relationships, we provide a sustainable competitive advantage, and are well capitalized to execute on a strong pipeline of investment opportunities.”
About 50 percent of the HCP Studio Fund has already been invested, and the firm has made seven investments totaling $488 million of the fund’s equity capital. That includes the 55-acre Radford Studio Center (formerly CBS Studio Center) in L.A.’s Studio City, which HCP and Square Mile Capital acquired for $1.85 billion. Radford features more than 1 million square feet of space, 22 stages, production office and support buildings, a purpose-built broadcast center and filmable backlot locations. Investments from the fund also went to Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York, and to the Eastbrook & The Wharf Studios project in London, which is set to add 12 soundstages and 240,000 square feet of production support and office space
HCP has invested over $8 billion since inception, including into marquee studios such as The Culver Studios, Silvercup Studios and Television City Studios, which is set for a $1.3 billion redevelopment. The portfolio of 18 studio assets includes 120 active soundstages, plus another 90 in development, and totals over 10 million square feet. The studios serve many of the most prominent media companies, including Amazon, Apple, ABC, CBS, Disney, HBO, Marvel, Netflix, Sony, Showtime and Warner Brothers.
HCP also owns The MBS Group, a studio advisory and production and equipment services company.
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Self-Service Intelligence Shows Influence of Healthcare Marketing on Prescribing Behavior; Dynamically Optimizes and Personalizes HCP Engagement
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PulsePoint, a technology company revolutionizing health decision-making in real time, today announced the launch of its HCP Intelligence Suite, a portfolio of unique clinical and media insights dashboards and smart optimization capabilities which enable marketers and traders to dynamically personalize healthcare professional (HCP) outreach in order to maximize campaign effectiveness and drive Rx impact. These analytics function as the connective tissue between campaign objectives, media performance and clinical impact, with automation technology to make these insights instantly actionable for brand marketers, media strategists and programmatic traders.
Included in the suite are two new dashboards: HCP Clinical Insights and HCP Media Insights. HCP Clinical Insights shows the correlation of media touchpoints and clinical impact by analyzing HCP exposure data in connection to Rx claims data. HCP Media Insights provides real time information on how HCPs on and off-target lists are engaging with media. Marketers can then use these insights to instantly adjust programmatic campaigns or activate new ones, or to trigger in-person outreach through sales representatives.
The HCP Intelligence Suite is built upon PulsePoint's unique data infrastructure with active opt-in consent. Whereas others in the market approach identity from the perspective of a third party, PulsePoint has built a proprietary identity graph to in-house critical data necessary to identify patterns of behaviors from a clinical standpoint. Included is its HCP data methodology, Direct Match, which delivers deterministic, people-based targeting by validating identities and attribution of nearly every digitally connected healthcare professional by National Provider Identifier (NPI) number. This allows PulsePoint to control data quality while extending scale to nearly 100% of every HCP online. As a result, the HCP Intelligence suite provides marketers with an actionable point of view of every healthcare professional across their digital and clinical journey.
"Our comprehensive first-party validated HCP consent methodology, combined with our breadth of behavior data and cross-screen graph deliver us the ability to develop one-to-one media and clinical insights with a high level of accuracy," said Andrew Stark, Chief Revenue Officer at PulsePoint. "By having a shared view of media campaigns and clinical impact, media teams can fine tune their engagement strategies – allowing them to collaborate better on brand strategies and campaign approaches."
These new intelligence solutions deliver brands an unprecedented level of understanding into their HCPs' historical journey as well as real-time digital activity, which they can use to Improve campaign effectiveness and tie media spending more directly to Rx impact.
Automate audience lists based on HCPs' clinical behavior, digital activity, and other criteria tailored to a brand's targeting needs
Compare the average TRx (total prescription) of prescribers and exposed prescribers to measure campaign influence on CLV (customer lifetime value).
Compare the number of exposed new prescribers, prescribers and prescriptions during a campaign's lifetime to view campaign impact on HCP behavior.
Capture 1:1 NPI level data on top new prescribers, top prescribers most influenced by campaigns, and top droppers for a granular view of differences in clinical behavior before and after exposure to a campaign.
Additionally, as economic pressures continue to tighten, brands are increasingly interested in marketing intelligence to Improve the accuracy and relevance of their media spend. Life users are now able to instantly:
Track what percentage of overall prescribers a campaign is reaching and how many patients of exposed prescribers are filling prescriptions to address more target audiences.
Compare a campaign's performance with the market's overall for which HCP specialties are engaging most or least with a campaign to better allocate campaign resources (e.g. changing Smart List decile criteria or frequency).
Customize campaign geography criteria based on where high or low engaged HCPs are located.
Automate campaign optimization based on real-time media performance,
This announcement furthers PulsePoint's focus on building a smarter, more scalable, more efficient way for brands to target, reach, understand and activate healthcare audiences through next generation technology that is powered by Verified health audience data in real-time.
PulsePoint is a leading technology company that uses real-world data in real-time to optimize campaign performance and revolutionize health decision-making. Leveraging proprietary datasets and methodology, PulsePoint targets healthcare professionals and patients with an unprecedented level of accuracy—delivering unparalleled results to the clients we serve. The company is now a part of Internet Brands, a KKR portfolio company and owner of WebMD Health Corp. For more information, visit pulsepoint.com.
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REXBURG, Idaho, Oct. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- HCP, a leading provider of experience management, training, and reputation management, has released its first-ever State of Training Report.
HCP has released its first-ever State of Training Report.
Training has proven to be one of the most important factors an agency can leverage to influence the compliance, satisfaction, and retention of their care professionals. This Report will act as a guide for providers to drive compliance, while also reversing turnover, and improving care outcomes.
The 2022 Report includes data collected from 335 agencies, representing private duty home care, home health, hospice, respite care, residential care, staffing services, palliative care, and payers & insurers.
"Training rose to the number one complaint from care staff in 2021. It's our responsibility to evaluate what other agencies are doing, how employees are responding, and what steps can be taken to provide a better work environment and care experience, but we can't do that without the data," said Kristen Duell, CMO at HCP. "The insights from the State of Training Report are invaluable for our industry and will allow agencies to make great strides toward more comprehensive training that solves some of home-based care's biggest challenges."
According to the Report, the top training weakness providers are facing in 2022 is being unable to engage staff in training; however, providers are seeing more engaged care teams because of increasing training and development efforts. Based on the data, it's clear that a well-defined training ladder develops employees who are actively committed to their training. This ensures that agencies maintain compliance while keeping education easily accessible.
To learn more about the State of Training in 2022, register for HCP's free webinar on October 27th.
To get the Report, visit: https://www.homecarepulse.com/state-of-training-report/
To view the digital version of the report, visit: https://www.homecarepulse.com/2022-state-of-training-report/About HCP
HCP leads the home-based care industry in experience management, training, and reputation management. Through its Care Intelligence Platform, HCP empowers providers in home care, home health, and hospice to attract and retain employees during workforce shortages while staying compliant with state regulations. HCP also conducts the annual HCP Benchmarking Report, the most comprehensive survey of providers in North America, and administers Best of Home Care awards to agencies that achieve best-in-class satisfaction scores. For more information, visit https://www.homecarepulse.com/.
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