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“The Incredible” Randi Boulton performs SATURDAY at Fionn MacCool’s


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One of Central Alberta’s most-talented and enduring performers is Randi Boulton, or the Incredible Randi Boulton, as Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane calls her.  Here’s her bio so you can get to know her better.  She is a powerhouse singer, one whose voice seriously parallels those of her musical motivators: Norah Jones, Janis Joplin, Adele, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, as well as fellow Canadians Jann Arden and Sarah McLachlan.

While she’s not new to the music industry, Boulton is finally getting the recognition deserving of her 15 years in the business. June, 2014 saw Boulton release her fourth full-length independent album, ‘Randi With An I’ produced by the Juno-award winning Russell Broom (Jann Arden). To date that album has helped her sell out theatres and sell over 10,000 copies, a feat few independent artists ever achieve.

Fall, 2014 saw Randi’s release her third music video for “Angel”, featured in this story.  It’s a song that details her brother’s struggle with Multiple Sclerosis. The songwriter took words, originally written as a poem by her father, and composed and crafted a powerful ballad that is striking a chord with many affected by the disease. Another single “Karma”, has been in steady rotation for over a year and half on several radio stations worldwide.

With a vast and eclectic taste in music, Randi prefers not to be boxed into one genre. Like so many creative spirits, she writes when inspiration hits. But one thing is for sure: Randi’s vocals create whatever sound she desires, whether that be reggae or rock. Even social media is noticing her talent thanks to getting a nudge on Twitter from fellow Canadian, Jann Arden, who tweeted to her fans:  “Follow this kid…pretty great singer”.

 “Music is woven into the fabric of my being,” says Randi.  “While my musical journey has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, I can confidently tell you that music is something that I can’t describe, nor shut off. It’s a friend. It’s my one constant in life. And it’s the voice of my soul.”

You need to check Randi out Saturday night at Fionn MacCool’s. Randi Boulton’s world-class, soulful voice is an experience music lovers won’t soon forget.

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Musk: X to sue groups that conspire to boycott conservative news sites

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From The Center Square

“That system guarantees that advertising dollars flow only to left-leaning media brands.”

Tesla founder and X owner Elon Musk said Thursday he plans to file a lawsuit against a collaboration of people and organizations that work to prevent advertising dollars from going to conservative news media brands.

Musk announced his intention on X while sharing video of Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro’s Congressional testimony on the topic from Wednesday.

“Having seen the evidence unearthed today by Congress, 𝕏 has no choice but to file suit against the perpetrators and collaborators in the advertising boycott racket,” Musk wrote. “Hopefully, some states will consider criminal prosecution.”

At Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Collusion in the Global Alliance for Responsible Media,” Shapiro told lawmakers that legacy media and their political allies conspire with online advertising gatekeepers to paint conservative news organizations as “dangerous,” limiting their opportunity to receive advertising revenue.

“There is in fact an internal pressure system created by Democratic legislators, this White House, legacy media, advertisers and pseudo-objective brand safety organizations,” Shapiro testified. “That system guarantees that advertising dollars flow only to left-leaning media brands.”

Shapiro identified the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM) as one of those gatekeepers of online advertising revenue.

“In reality, GARM acts as a cartel. Its members account for 90% of ad spending in the United States, almost a trillion dollars,” he testified. “In other words, if you’re not getting ad dollars from GARM members, it’s nearly impossible to run an ad-based business. And if you’re not following their preferred political narratives … you will not be deemed brand safe. Your business will be throttled.”

​Dan McCaleb is the executive editor of The Center Square. He welcomes your comments. Contact Dan at [email protected].

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Elon Musk is building the ‘most powerful Artificial Intelligence training cluster in the world’

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News release from The Deep View

Elon Musk’s xAI has ended talks with Oracle to rent more specialized Nvidia chips — in what could have been a $10 billion deal — according to The Information.
Musk is instead buying the chips himself, all to begin putting together his planned “gigafactory of compute.”
The details: Musk confirmed in a post on Twitter that xAI is now working to build the “gigafactory” internally.
  • Musk explained that the reason behind the shift is “that our fundamental competitiveness depends on being faster than any other AI company. This is the only way to catch up.”
  • “xAI is building the 100k H100 system itself for fastest time to completion,” he said. “Aiming to begin training later this month. It will be the most powerful training cluster in the world by a large margin.”
xAI isn’t the only one trying to build a supercomputer; Microsoft and OpenAI, also according to The Information, have been working on plans for a $100 billion supercomputer nicknamed “Stargate.”
Why it matters: The industry is keen to pour more and more resources into the generation of abstractly more powerful AI models, and VC investments into AI companies, as we noted yesterday, are growing.
But at the same time, concerns about revenue and return on investment are growing as well, with a growing number of analysts gaining confidence in the idea that we are in a bubble of high costs and low returns, something that could be compounded by multi-billion-dollar supercomputers.
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