Windows 8 short-cut list

October 5th, 2012 No comments
Windows 8

Windows 8

  • Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Metro app
  • Win + C : displays the “Charms”: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
  • Win + D : launches the desktop
  • Win + E : launches Explorer
  • Win + F : opens the File Search pane
  • Win + H : opens the Share pane
  • Win + I : opens Settings
  • Win + K : opens the Devices pane
  • Win + L : locks your PC
  • Win + M : minimizes the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen Metro IE, too)
  • Win + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • Win + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • Win + Q : open the App Search pane
  • Win + R : opens the Run box
  • Win + U : open the Ease of Access Center
  • Win + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • Win + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • Win + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • Win + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen Metro app
  • Win + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • Win + – : zoom out
  • Win + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • Win + Enter : launch Narrator
  • Win + PgUp : Move the current Metro screen to the left-hand monitor
  • Win + PgDn : Move the current Metro screen to the right-hand monitor
  • Win + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • Win + Tab : switch between running Metro apps
  • Alt + F4: Closes the currently running app

Another nice feature is that while you are on the Metro screen and you start typing, it will automatically bring up the Apps Search screen with whatever content you have typed.

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National Poetry Slam 2012

June 13th, 2012 No comments

National Poetry Slam comes to Charlotte NC
7-11 August 2012

Blumenthal Performing Arts, Poetry Slam, Inc., & SlamCharlotte have partnered to bring you the 23rd National Poetry Slam.  This will be the 4th time these organizations have partnered to bring you a national poetry event and we are excited about having you in the Queen City once again.

What do you get when teams comprised of five poets each engage in a 5-day battle to compete for the national title? The National Poetry Slam comes to uptown Charlotte, North Carolina from August 7th-11th, 2012 at various Blumenthal Performing Arts’ theaters.. The events will feature poets originating from locations as far as Europe, making this championship tournament one of the most anticipated yet.

During National Poetry Slam (NPS), all participants will compete in three days of preliminaries, 20 teams will advance to semi-finals on Friday night, and culminate in an ultimate clash of the top 4 teams on the final stage Saturday, to determine the winner. The event’s first time in the “Queen City” will bring more attention to the city’s staple poetry/literary organizations: SlamCharlotte and Respect Da Mic and the ever-growing poetry scene.

Drawing diverse crowds from a melting pot of ages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and genders, the attendees and participants of NPS have one thing in common: the love of literature, arts, and performance poetry. This great event will benefit arts organizations such as Poetry Slam, Inc., a non-profit organization, Blumenthal Performing Arts, and SlamCharlotte. The tournament is expected to bring over 5,000 attendees to the events and promises to stimulate the local economy. The event hopes to forge new relationships with local businesses, organizations, and area schools. The tournament’s goal is to attract individuals in the community to this cultural event, while reaching out to various age groups and poetry lovers in an effort to reaffirm their foundation for the arts, reading, and literature.

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Expanding arts with technology

April 20th, 2012 No comments
NPR Interview

NPR Interview

This isn’t your father’s arts festival.

In the midst of the concerts, plays, literature readings and art exhibits coming up during Sensoria, the annual cultural festival at Central Piedmont Community College, there’s a category you may not recognize: immersive arts.

It’s an unfamiliar term for good reason. Farhad Javidi, senior chair of CPCC’s simulation and game development program, recently came up with it.

Why? He didn’t know of a term for what you get when traditional forms of arts and entertainment are transformed by the technology his CPCC program focuses on – such as virtual environments, 3-D and motion capture.

Sensoria, which opens Friday, will offer a taste of the possibilities.

“It’s opening the door for a new form of art,” Javidi says.

Specialists in video games will discuss how their field can blend its immersive experiences with other types of art. Members of Javidi’s CPCC program will bring their computers to the Overcash building’s lobby and demonstrate how they create their art.

Javidi, who writes poetry as a sideline, will serve as a guinea pig. Listening to another poet reading her works during a previous edition of Sensoria, he recalls, he felt the need for something more.

“As a poet, I feel bad saying this, but it was boring for me,” he says. “I noticed people falling asleep, even though the poetry was really beautiful.”

So he’s working on what’s billed as “An Immersive Dream.” The multimedia program will combine his poetry with a dancer whose movements will be transformed by motion-capture technology. It’s still in the works, he says, but experimentation is what a college is for.

Down more traditional lines, Sensoria will include concerts by jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan and the Canadian Brass. CPCC’s theater department will perform Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam.” The festival also will chime in with a celebration of Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden’s centennial..

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