Estados Unidos (Rasainforma.com).- Varias personas quedaron lesionadas al registrarse un tiroteo adentro del Hospital Bronx-Lebanon, en Nueva York. Los hechos se registraron poco antes de las 15:30 horas locales (10:30 GTM), cuando las autoridades informaron de un “tirador activo” en el lugar. Imágenes transmitidas a través de la televisión mostraron el hospital rodeado de patrullas y camiones de bomberos en tanto la Policía se posicionaba en el techo del edificio para controlar la situación. Las mismas fuentes policiales informaron que el atacante murió y fue identificado como el doctor Henry Bello.
PETALING JAYA: Two Indonesian special operations police officers were stabbed in a knife attack while they were performing prayers at a mosque in Jakarta Friday night. According to Indonesian news portals kompas.com and detik.com , the incident occurred in a mosque near the Bhayangkara Police Headquarters in south Jakarta.
As long as these companies especially Pangu are not declaring on releasing jailbreak tools publicly, there will be no jailbreak tools and that in turn means jailbreaking is considered dead technically. And if no one is declaring to release said jailbreak tools, then that is still considered dead.
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GUWAHATI, June 30 - With three persons already dead this month in incidents of electrocution during flash floods in the city, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration today held a meeting with officials from the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) to discuss ways to prevent such incidents in future.
After the New York Times issued a retraction to the often repeated claim that 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies claim that the Russian government "Hacked The Election" - the Russia narrative is dead. New York Times Retraction: "A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump's deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year's presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community."Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/trumps-deflections-and-denials-on-russia-frustrate-even-his-allies.htmlYour support is essential to Freedomain Radio, which is 100% funded by viewers like you. Please support the show by making a one time donation or signing up for a monthly recurring donation at: http://www.freedomainradio.com/donate
Fire crews have confirmed two bodies were found and four people are currently in critical condition after a major burn incident stemming from an industrial accident at the Big Bend Power Station, a coal-fired power plant near Tampa, Florida.
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It’s been 6 years since the hacker’s treat of a book, “The Martian” by Andy Weir, was self-published, and 2 years since the movie came out. We’ve talked about it briefly before, but enough time has passed that we can now write-up the book’s juicier hacks while being careful to not give away any plot spoilers. The book has more hacks than the movie so we’re using the book as the source.
For anyone unfamiliar with the story, Mark Watney is an astronaut who’s left for dead, by himself, on Mars. To survive, he has a habitat designed for six, …read more
and what sort of lawyer forms a trust and then mis spells its name on the snip ed ticket!
Yeah that bearer instument is a load of malarky, they match video footage of EVERY claimant with footage take at the time of purchase. and prob check the tickets for dna and fingerprints. im glad there is an investigation. someone bought it, and are either in dead or in a lunatic assylum/ jail rotting. im guessing dead.
not spilling his guts , is prob only thing lawyer has done right.
Investigators in Iowa may release surveillance video of a person who purchased an unclaimed lottery ticket in hopes the public will see something that will help a criminal probe.
The investigation, which was launched after the Jan. 27 deadline to claim the $14 million Iowa Hot Lotto jackpot, includes a New York attorney who briefly tried to claim the prize but refused to answer officials' question about how he obtained the winning ticket.
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It is no secret that working as a mechanic is a difficult occupation that requires strenuous labor. Doing repairs on heavy vehicles and putting constant strain on their muscles and back are all things that workers face every day. However, there are some less obvious health risks associated with this type of job. Exposure to Carbon Monoxide Running vehicles produce a gas called carbon monoxide, and in shops that are not well-ventilated, this can prove deadly to mechanics. Furthermore, the gas is both odorless and tasteless, and toxic levels of it may be impossible to detect until workers are already presenting with physical symptoms. Eye InjuriesThose who work in body shops or are more at risk for eye injuries because they work with many small, metal parts. Parts may fly off and unexpectedly become lodged in a worker's eye if they are not wearing safety glasses. Bench grinders are well- known for launching pieces of metal with some regularity. Approximately 7% of all workplace hazards to mechanics are eye injuries. Hearing Loss Regular exposure to loud noises, especially in enclosed spaces such as a repair shop, can cause devastating effects to hearing function. Hearing loss due to car horns, power tools, grinders, and other equipment is sometimes irreversible. Like damage to vision, hearing loss does, in some cases, get worse over time. Experts say that noise levels over 90 decibels is harmful to the ears and should be avoided by wearing proper hearing protection. Asbestos ExposureMechanics often risk exposure to asbestos in the workplace. When replacing the clutch or break, sanding and grinding occurs and sometimes creates asbestos dust, which is extremely difficult to avoid breathing. There are many dangers related to being exposed to asbestos for long periods of time, and doing so can cause life-threatening pulmonary diseases and even a deadly type of cancer called mesothelioma. Exposure to ChemicalsThere are a variety of volatile chemicals in repair shops that cause injuries to the mechanics working in them. Regular exposure to degreasers, solvents, and oil can cause skin burns, irritation to the lining of the lungs, and eye damage. A skin condition called hand dermatitis is commonly found in patients who work in auto body shops and is the result of regular exposure to various chemicals. While these problems have the potential to be quite serious, the likelihood of them occurring can be drastically decreased by using proper safety gear and adhering to all health and safety regulations. Referenceshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8580475http://emrochandkilduff.com/workers-compensation-attorneys/http://work.chron.com/bad-thing-being-mechanic-15065.htmlSee More
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The movement was written off previously by overconfident adversaries in 2007 and 2011. It survived by lying low and waiting for the circumstances to turn once again in its favour, as with the start of the uprising in Syria
A Lancaster man turned himself into police Friday morning after he was declared a “person of interest” in a shooting that left two dead at Palmetto Place Apartments Thursday night. … Click to Continue »
News about the June 18 tsunami along Greenland’s northwestern coast, which left four people missing and presumed dead and devastated the village of Nuugaatsiaq, population about 100, continued to attract the greatest number of readers on Nunatsiaqonline.ca during the past week.
The tsunami’s impact continued to make itself felt June 21, National Day in Greenland, usually a day for celebrating, but this year people in were still in shock over the tsunami.
Then, on June 23, saying he wished
Starting life as an “ambient social” in South London, Deadboy and India Jordan’s New Atlantis is now a fully-fledged record label, with its first release highlighting a diverse roster of artists experimenting with oft-maligned new age tropes. John Twells talks to the duo about the genesis of New Atlantis, and what we can expect in […]
La Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados (ACNUR) expresó alarma por un nuevo incidente de regreso forzado de refugiados de Camerún al noreste de Nigeria. Unos 887 refugiados nigerianos, la mayoría niños, fueron repatriados en seis camiones del ejército de Nigeria y la policía camerunesa. Los migrantes fueron rodeados por las autoridades, amenazados y forzados a emprender el viaje de regreso.
ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.
The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.
His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.
He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.
At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.
Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.
But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.
There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."
He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.
But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.
His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.
And the Braves organization loves him.
"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."
It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.
"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.
"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.
"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."
Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.
He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.
The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.
Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.
"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."
He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.
"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."
Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.
"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."
He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.
He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.
"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."
Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.
"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."
The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.
Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.
Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.
"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."
The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:
Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.
Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.
Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.
Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.
"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."
In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.
His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.
2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.
"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"
Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."
"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...
"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."
Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.
"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."
The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.
"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."
With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.
But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.
"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.
Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."
When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.
"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."
Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."
"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."
Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.
"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."
When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.
"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."
Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.
Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.
"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."
The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.
How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.
But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.
"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."
Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.
"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.
"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"
Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.
"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory. If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.
"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."
There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.
"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."
Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.
Come one, come all to the thing we can’t talk about…ah screw it, fight club! That’s right, on August 2, return to a blood and sweat soaked Venice basement reminiscent of the Hotel California to work out your frustrations, and then maybe never leave. Hosting, as always, is creator Kelly Thompson and her partner in creation, Leonardo Romero.
Location: We plead the fifth.
Time: When the need for violence arises.
Do not talk about fight club.
*We understand that by making this you probably think we broke this rule, however, see rule 3.
No rules! We don’t play fair.
*This is fight club, not whine about someone blinding you with dirt club.
We do what we want.
*We, the people running the club, do what we want. You, do whatever we say. It’s the golden rule: He who runs the fight club makes the rules.
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Introducing our newest gladiator: Kate Bishop! That’s right, super hero Hawkeye has joined our ranks and will be fighting her way through not only our seasoned champions, but also some heavy daddy issues. Poor thing got caught up tracking down someone else’s father in her latest case, but it’s her own she’s really after.
“We’re finding Kate in a much more emotional state than we’re used to finding her,” says Thompson. “She really grew up with her father mostly believing there were some aberrations there but she thought he was a really good man in general. So peeling back those layers and finding out that’s not really true not only calls into question things about him, but it makes her question things about herself.”
Looks like daddy Hawkeye may just end up on his daughter’s super villain hit list…talk about your family drama. Good thing she has come to us in her time of need. It’s time to punch the pain away, Kate.
“Kate is a very good fighter so even if she doesn’t look like the guys who are down there in these cages, she’s going to do well in a one on one fight. She’s incredibly smart, she’s well trained, and she’s a super hero,” warns Thompson. But let’s not forget that, that means she must stick too a code, she can’t just hurt people willy-nilly. Sounds like prime time for you newbies to make your mark, so come on down!
StreetFighter212: YAAASSSS!! I’M GONNA WRECK YOU WUSSIES!! COME AT ME BRAH!
Deadpooled: Kate is going to wipe the floor with you.
Clint4life: Whatever, she’s not even the real Hawkeye.
Cagedfighter16: Is anybody reading this?! COME AND RESCUE ME!!! They’re keeping me in a cage and I don’t want to be here!!!
TheRealKateBishop: Okay I was playing along with this at first but now it’s on. I’m not the sad seal at the zoo, for one thing I can’t balance a ball on my nose…I’m busting everyone out, finding Molly’s dad and taking you creeps down!
Deadpooled: Oh snap!
Be sure to grab seats for Kate’s fight club debut and find out if she solves her case or gets lost in a whirlwind of fists and emotions in HAWKEYE #9 out August 2, written by Kelly Thompson with art by Leonardo Romero.
Keeping motivation high with confidence when times are good is hard enough, but when times get tough with looming deadlines and not enough hours in the day, then staying motivated with confidence can seem near impossible. Unfortunately you can’t go out any buy a bottle of motivation, and despite the numerous self help videos and...
We all know that the first Star Wars film changed the face of pop culture forever when it hit theaters 40 years ago today—but it’s not just the movie that’s celebrating that milestone in 2017. Star Wars comics arrived with force in 1977, and hundreds of issues later, they’re more popular now than ever.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, we’re looking back at our 40 favorite moments from the history of comics from a galaxy far, far away—one day at a time.
In 1966, a play known as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”—later adapted to film in 1990—dared to retell “Hamlet” from the perspective of two minor characters. It offered a comedic take on key moments in Shakespeare’s masterpiece by implying that the bumbling duo in some way influenced key events.
Much along those lines, TAG AND BINK ARE DEAD delves into the background characters of “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” to offer a little more “actual back story” to moments you’ve probably never thought twice about. Starting with the battle aboard Princess Leia’s Tantive IV that kicks off “Episode IV,” we follow two Rebels—the eponymous Tag and Bink—as they eventually escape Empire imprisonment and decide to disguise themselves as stormtroopers aboard the Death Star.
The comedic consequences result in “back stories” for moments like the lone TIE fighter that the Millennium Falcon encounters near the Death Star, the real reason Boba Fett showed up at Bespin, and how the Rebels acquired the shuttle Tyderium they’ll later use to infiltrate Endor in “Return of the Jedi.” Oh, and those two stormtroopers discussing “another drill” as Obi-Wan disarms the Death Star’s tractor beam? That’s Tag and Bink in inaction.
Writer Kevin Rubio masterminded TAG AND BINK ARE DEAD, and followed with a sequel in 2006—and this wasn’t the first time Rubio showed us “what really happened” in Star Wars movies. In 1996, he made a name for himself as the creator of “Troops,” a parody of “Cops” from a stormtrooper’s perspective largely responsible for ushering in an entire era of Star Wars fan films.
On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.
This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.
If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.
In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.
In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.
Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”
On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.
In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.
Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.
ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)
ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.
Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.
To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.
It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.
Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.
If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”
A deadly amoeba has been discovered in the Terrebonne Parish, LA water system. Officials claim the tap water is safe to drink, but they are cautioning people against getting it in their noses. The Louisiana […]
Operation Dry Water is a national campaign aimed at deterring drinking and boating. So far this year Minnesota has recorded nine boating fatalities, which translates it into being the most deadly since 2005...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by "early to mid-October," the Congressional Budget Office said in a report on Thursday.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.
(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
The genial British author who created Paddington Bear, the polite, good-natured but disaster-prone little hero of children’s novels, picture and activity books, television series, and films, died at his home in London.
EVERYONE IS DEAD!!!! How will the story continue? Will we have new heroes? Find out in the newest episode! Now knowing where the final magical item is Julian, Thrace, & Hendley head for Blackthorn Castle but first they must get through the creepy town of Blackthorn that just may not want them there.
Adventure! Dungeons and Dragons actual play podcast hosted by Bobby Shortle, Jacqui Turner, Brian Verderosa and Bob Reyer from Talking Comics. Go on thrilling and ridiculous adventurers with first time D & D players.
Painted Black Games, un estudio independiente afincado en Ucrania, ha anunciado su thriller psicológico con elementos de acción y supervivencia, The Long Reach, el cual supone el videojuego debut del equipo. Llegará a finales de 2017 a consolas como Xbox One, PS4 y Switch, además de a PC, Mac y Linux.
Una aventura con puzles, supervivencia y muchas influencias
The Long Reach, que comenzó su desarrollo como un videojuego para móviles que después se convirtió en algo más grande, nos contará la aventura de Control Steward, un científico e investigador, que se verá rodeado de un evento catastrófico: la gente se ha vuelto loca. Nos trasladará a Baervox, un pueblo ficticio del interior de Estados Unidos. Allí, un instituto científico ha conseguido desarrollar una forma de trasladar y aprender todo el conocimiento posible en apenas segundos de un cerebro a otro. Desgraciadamente, todo sale mal. La tecnología se expande demasiado rápido y la gente pierde la cabeza, sumiendo en el caos a toda la población.
Sus responsables comentan que el videojuego tendrá partes de aventura, sigilo, acción y múltiples puzles, dotándole al conjunto del título una experiencia cercana a lo que sería un juego de supervivencia con estilo pixel-art. Además, el contenido narrativo tendrá especial peso, con más de 12.000 líneas de diálogo en un guión que será trascendental, con más de 20 personajes principales, objetos y enemigos que gozarán de vida propia, pasado y personalidad.
Los enemigos, enajenados por una enfermedad tecnológica, no serán simples 'zombis': tendrán historias, familias y trasfondos creíbles
The Long Reach bebe de sagas y juegos como Resident Evil, así como de películas y series de la talla de Matrix, El único superviviente, True Detective o Fargo. Llegará a finales de 2017 a consolas y PC.
To the Orphans Court of the County of Adams and State of Pennsylvania
The petition of Annie E. BROWN, a resident of the Township of Oxford, County of Adams, Pennsylvania, respectfully represents.
That your petitioner is the owner in fee of a tract of land situate in Oxford Township, Adams County, adjoining lands of Jonas RINEHART, the New Chester Road, widow WOLF, Conewago Creek and Aaron BROWN containing twenty six (26) acres and one hundred and nineteen (119) Perches more or less, with improvements.
That your petitioner acquired the title to said premises by deed from Anna M. BROWN dated April 7th 1915, which said deed was duly recorded in the office for Recording Deeds in and for the County of Adams in Deed Book 75, page 276.
The the said Anna M. BROWN acquired the title to this premises by deed dated April 1, 1891 from Wm. Arch. McCLEAN, Assignee of Solomon BROWN and wife and said deed being made in pursuance of an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Adams County, which said deed was duly recorded in the office of Recording Deeds in and for the County of Adams in Deed Book YY page 331.
That the said Wm. Arch. McCLEAN, assignee of Solomon BROWN and wife acquired title to said premises by deed of assignment from Solomon BROWN and wife dated May 26, 1890, which said deed is recorded in the office for Recording Deeds in and for the County of Adams in deed Book QQ pages 287 and 288.
That the said Solomon BROWN acquired the title to said premises by deed dated April 2, 1874 from Josiah SHUTT and Lydia his wife, which said deed was duly recorded in the office for Recording Deeds in and for the County of Adams in Deed Book DD page 240.
That the said Josiah SHUTT acquired the title to said premises by deed dated April 2, 1874, from Solomon BROWN and Silas MILLER, agents for the Widow and heirs of Christian ZINN, which said deed was duly recorded in the office for Recording Deeds in and for the County of Adams in Deed Book DD page 85.
That said Solomon BROWN and Silas MILLER were given letters of attorney to convey real estate by the widow and all the heirs of Christian ZINN dated July 26, 1873 and recorded in the office for Recording Deeds in and for the County of Adams in Deed Book HH page 297. And said letter of attorney provides that "one third of the purchase money of said real estate after expenses of sale to remain in the tract of land in Oxford Township aforesaid, during the life of Lucy ZINN, the widow aforesaid, the interest of said one third to be paid to her annually and the principal sum at her death to the parties then legally entitled to receive the same."
That the said deed from Solomon BROWN and Silas MILLER to Josiah SHUTT and the said deed from Josiah SHUTT and wife to Solomon BROWN contained a dower charge in the following language "Subject however to the payment of forty four Dollars and fifty five cents ($44.55) yearly to Lucy ZINN widow said Christian ZINN deceased, during her natural life, the first payment to be made on the first day of April A. D. 1875. It being the interest on seven hundred and forty two Dollars and forty nine cents ($742.49) and at her death the principal sum of Seven Hundred and forty two Dollars and forty nine cents to be paid to the legal heirs and representatives of said Christian ZINN, deceased, the said sum of money to be and remain a lien on the herein granted premises until paid.
That Christian ZINN died in the month of Dec. 1872 or January 1873, letters in his estate being issued Jan. 3, 1873 and your petitioner is informed and believes that Lucy ZINN died nearly fifty years ago in and about 1879 or 1880, that the dower was $742.49 Solomon BROWN and wife borrowed on a mortgage from HOLTZ April 3, 1880 $275 which amount was sufficient to pay all the heirs except his wife and it is believed that the principal was paid as of about that date and dower was released in some way not of record. All the heirs were alive at that date except my mother Elizabeth MILLER and she left two children David MILLER and myself and I know that a guardian received the share of the dower of my brother and myself and upon arriving of age we received our shares from the guardian. At the time of the assignment of Solomon BROWN the mortgage of HOLTZ was called the first lien. That none of the deeds since that date contain any reference to said dower charge and no reference made to it in the assignment proceedings of any such indebtedness, none is presented or paid. Thus for fully forty years your petitioner believes that no demand has ever been made for the payment of interest on said dower charge by Lucy ZINN or for the principal thereof by the heirs entitle to some and no such demand has ever been made to your petitioner during her possession of the premises. That it was not until a recent proposition to buy was made to your petitioner that the discovery was made that there was no satisfaction of the said dower on record.
That the names of the heirs of Christian ZINN deceased entitled to the payment of the principal after the death of Lucy ZINN were Coletta ZINN BROWN, married to James BROWN, Elizabeth ZINN MILLER married to Silas MILLER, Maria ZINN MYERS, married to Conrad MYERS, Anna ZINN BROWN married to Solomon BROWN and Lucy ZINN HAWK, married to Edward HAWK and after dilligent search your petitioner is informed and believes that these heirs outlived their mother Lucy. ZINN and after her death were paid their shares of said dower charge and that all of them have been dead for a number of years.
That the period of twenty one years has elapsed and many more years since the principal of said dower charge became due and payable and that no payment of either principal or interest has been made within said period and no satisfaction of release of said dower charge appears of record.
Therefore your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to order and direct the Sheriff of Adams County to serve the petition on the known holders of the said dower charge, if to be found in the said county and whose residence or residences are known and in case the parties can not be found in said County then the said Sheriff shall give public notice in one newspaper published in said county once a week for four weeks successively prior to the next term after the petition as aforesaid shall have been presented, requiring said parties to appear at said Court and answer the petition to show cause why the court should not enter a decree to satisfy, extinguish and discharge the said dower charge.
And she will ever pray, etc.
signed Annie E. Brown.
NOTE...To satisfy the above legal requirement to publish this information, notice was published in the Gettysburg Times on Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23. Since no one came forward the Court signed off on this matter on January 27th 1930.
Epitaph of Tiberius Claudius Secundus = Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum VI 15258 (Rome, 1st century A.D.), tr. Brian K. Harvey, Daily Life in Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2016), p. 256:
He lived 52 years. To the Spirits of the Dead of Tiberius Claudius Secundus. He has everything with him here in his tomb. Baths, wine, and sex corrupt our bodies, but baths, wine, and sex make life worth living. Merope, slave of the emperor, made this for her dear slave husband [contubernalis] as well as for herself and their descendants.
V(ixit) an(nos) LII d(is) M(anibus) Ti(beri) Claudi Secundi hic secum habet omnia balnea vina Venus corrumpunt corpora nostra se<t> vitam faciunt b(alnea) v(ina) V(enus) karo contubernal(i) fec(it) Merope Caes(aris) et sibi et suis p(osterisque) e(orum)
I don't have access to I. Kajanto, "Balnea Vina Venus," in Hommages à Marcel Renard, ed. Jacqueline Bibauw (Brussels: Latomus, 1969), vol. II, pp. 357-367.
I finished the rewrite of the next Crochet Mystery. I will sending it in with the title OFF THE HOOK. I have lost track of time, not be outside for a couple of days except to take out the trash. It was hot and got cooler, but I didn’t notice.
I just have to make the cake tonight. I always make a test of the recipe when I’m finished with the manuscript. I also have to write the patterns. Well, write them out. I have them in my own shorthand.
I always find the end hard to write. How to write why the killer did it without it seeming like a boring information drop. And then tying all the threads together. The very very end was a challenge because I could feel the rhythm – that is a word I can never remember how to spell – was off. It was too brusque.
Last night I sat staring at the computer realizing I’d written my way into a corner. I’d been in front of the computer all day and by then was feeling pretty burned out. I finally had to let it go until this morning. As usually happens I must have worked on in my sleep, because the way out of the corner magically came through my fingers onto the keyboard.
I still need to proof read it, but I will make my deadline – always a relief. I can’t even bear to think of what is waiting when I send this off – corporate income taxes (we got an extension), last minute rush to prepare for release of A TANGLED YARN, and start writing the next Yarn Retreat book and come up with the idea for the next Crochet Mystery.
But I also know a couple days off and I’ll be raring to tackle it all. Plus next week I’m going to Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and back to Seattle. I’ve only been to Canada once – I was fourteen and went into Windsor from Detroit with a friend’s family. We spent all of a couple of hours there. Our route looks beautiful even on the map. I can’t wait.
This is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.
Scale: 1:72 Skill: 3 Flying Hours: 3 Number of Parts: 205 Dimensions (mm): L230 X W312
Early in the morning of the 26th April 1940, four members of KG 4 took off in their Heinkel He111 P-2 5J+CN from Fernebu, Oslo in Norway. One of three Heinkels tasked with attacking the town of Andalsnes, the bomber was damaged by the guns of HMS Manchester. Unable to keep formation with the other Heinkels the crew were then taken by surprise by two Blackburn Skuas of No. 801 Squadron FAA from HMS Ark Royal. The pilot of Skua A7-A unleashed a hail of machine gun fire on the bomber - killing flight engineer Willi Stock. With one engine failing and the other on fire, pilot Richard Gumbrecht had no choice but to force-land somewhere among the snow covered mountains below. With Stock dead, the remaining three crew members escaped the wreckage and made their way down the mountain. The largely intact Heinkel sat on the mountain for over 30 years, before being recovered and restored by the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection.
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As you may have already discovered, the squat is at the top of the heap (along with deadlifts) as one of the most effective overall exercises for stimulating body composition changes (muscle gain and fat loss). This is because exercises like squats and deadlifts use more muscle groups under a heavy load than almost any other weight bearing exercises known to man. Hence, these exercises stimulate the greatest hormonal responses (growth hormone, testosterone, etc.) of all exercises. In fact, university research studies have even proven that inclusion of squats into a training program increases upper body development, in addition to lower body development, even though upper body specific joint movements are not performed during the squat. Whether your goal is gaining muscle mass, losing body fat, building a strong and functional body, or improving athletic performance, the basic squat and deadlift (and their variations) are the ultimate solution. If you don't believe me that squats and deadlifts are THE basis for a lean and powerful body, then go ahead and join all of the other overweight people pumping away mindlessly for hours on boring cardio equipment. You won't find long boring cardio in any of my programs!
Squats can be done with any free weighted objects such as barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags, or even just body weight. Squats should only be done with free weights - NEVER with a Smith machine or any other squat machines! Machines do not allow your body to follow natural, biomechanically-correct movement paths. You also perform less work because the machine stabilizes the weight for you. Therefore, you get weaker results!
The type of squat that people are most familiar with is the barbell back squat where the bar is resting on the trapezius muscles of the upper back. Many professional strength coaches believe that front squats (where the bar rests on the shoulders in front of the head) and overhead squats (where the bar is locked out in a snatch grip overhead throughout the squat) are more functional to athletic performance than back squats with less risk of lower back injury. I feel that a combination of all three (not necessarily during the same phase of your workouts) will yield the best results for overall muscular development, body fat loss, and athletic performance. Front squats are moderately more difficult than back squats, while overhead squats are considerably more difficult than either back squats or front squats. I'll cover overhead squats in a future article. If you are only accustomed to performing back squats, it will take you a few sessions to become comfortable with front squats, so start out light. After a couple sessions of practice, you will start to feel the groove and be able to increase the poundage.
To perform front squats:
The front squat recruits the abdominals to a much higher degree for stability due to the more upright position compared with back squats. It is mostly a lower body exercise, but is great for functionally incorporating core strength and stability into the squatting movement. It can also be slightly difficult to learn how to properly rest the bar on your shoulders. There are two ways to rest the bar on the front of the shoulders. In the first method, you step under the bar and cross your forearms into an "X" position while resting the bar on the dimple that is created by the shoulder muscle near the bone, keeping your elbows up high so that your upper arms are parallel to the ground. You then hold the bar in place by pressing the thumb side of your fists against the bar for support. Alternatively, you can hold the bar by placing your palms face up and the bar resting on your fingers against your shoulders. For both methods, your elbows must stay up high to prevent the weight from falling. Your upper arms should stay parallel to the ground throughout the squat. Find out which bar support method is more comfortable for you. Then, initiate the squat from your hips by sitting back and down, keeping the weight on your heels as opposed to the balls of your feet. Squat down to a position where your thighs are approximately parallel to the ground, then press back up to the starting position. Keeping your weight more towards your heels is the key factor in squatting to protect your knees from injury and develop strong injury-resistant knee joints. Keep in mind - squats done correctly actually strengthen the knees; squats done incorrectly can damage the knees.
Since the early days of physical culture, modern man has been searching for the elusive ''Fountain of Youth''. The promise of radiant health, enduring strength and a Herculean physique has drawn millions on this quest for physical perfection.
Through the early decades of bodybuilding, the forefathers of physical culture established basic guidelines for the muscle enthusiast to follow. Natural foods, resistance training, plenty of rest, and a positive outlook in life were the primary ingredients for achieving ones goals. The demand for knowledge on 'how to' reach the stars would result in millions of booklets being sold by mail order, while magazine stands and bookshelves were continually restocked with the latest 'muscle building secrets'. Tons of steel and exercise equipment would find its way into the homes of thousands of Americans all across our nation. Health clubs and iron gyms would sprout up in local neighborhoods and towns, while physique competitions were held to determine whom the best in the land was. The strong roots of physical culture were taking grip in our society, and the mighty oak of bodybuilding would soon branch out through every city in America.
A new 'way of life' became a reality for many as the 'body beautiful' movement swung into high gear. For decades the much traveled road to muscledom kept its promise, then by the mid-60's what seemed pure and natural took a wrong turn setting the course of modern bodybuilding down a dead end. The introduction of anabolic steroids into the sport of bodybuilding would usher in a new era of super sized and equally strong muscular physiques that would attract millions of young men with a desire to achieve the same naturally unattainable goals.
Along with the growth of the sport, the physiques continued to become bigger and more vascular as bodybuilders experimented with 'stacking' the latest in designer muscle enhancing pharmaceuticals. Magazine and ticket sales were at a peak and bodybuilding competitions were seen regularly on network TV. The popularity of the sport was soaring high. Then, what could have been mostly prevented by not promoting and rewarding individuals whose physiques were chemically altered became a reality as the widespread use of drugs in the sport became relevant.
Words such as steroids, cycling, and growth hormones became common place in our gyms, and juicing no longer meant enjoying your favorite health drink. Reports of bodybuilders on dialysis and with heart ailments became a frequent occurrence while the eventual death of several competitive pros hit home hard. What had been a dark cloud in a sport with such great potential turned into a storm that spread its vast shadow on a culture that once shined.
Organizations dedicated to natural bodybuilding and a healthy lifestyle would soon respond to the call for a return to the ideals set forth by the forefathers of physical culture. Physique promoters throughout the land created natural bodybuilding competitions so athletes could compete on a level playing field without running the risk of ruining their health. Publications featuring natural bodybuilders began to spread the gospel of healthy living through proper nutrition and exercise. The televised media developed new bodybuilding and fitness programs to inspire future generations of natural iron pumpers. And as the age of cyber space came upon us, the Internet became a resource of concepts and opinions for bodybuilders to learn and express their views with other physique artist throughout the World. The new millennium is here and those dedicated to physical culture have begun to prevail as the radiant beacon of light from the torch of natural living begins to shine through the storm.
Yep, there are more than ones body types. I'm sure you've noticed it too. The ones who, even if they eat whatever they want, never gain a pound, and others who exercise like there's no tomorrow and STILL manage to gain weight. Well that's a key thing when it comes to training your body. You have to train for your body type, or else your actions may not be doing anything good! There are 2 bodytypes: ectomorphic, mesomorphic & endomorphic. To find out what type of body you have, think back to your teen years and try to remember what your body looked like before age began rearing it's ugly head. So let's get to each body type shall we?!
The ectomorph is usually very thin. This person has a hard time gaining weight of any kind. So it takes longer for them and takes much more work to gain muscle. Most people with this body types are models or endurance athletes and such.
So what does an Ectomorph have to do to gain weight? Well the first thing is he has to start eating more calories. Not by eating larger meals, but by eating lots ( around 6 ) of smaller meals throughout the day. Look at the foods your eating now and add to them or seek foods wich have a higher number of calories.
Exercise wise, the Ectoporph needs to limit his activities outside of weight lifting. If your looking to build muscle, almost all your energy needs to be focused on weight lifting. Since you burn energy faster than others, using that energy for other activities will mean less for your muscles to grow. Use a low number of reps and heavy weights. You'll probaly need to rest more too, Maybe every 48 hours. You should also be concentrating on doing compound exercises, like bench presses, deadlifts, exercises that target the most muscles at once.
These are what I'd call the "normal" physique. They're average in weight and have the ability to either easily gain weight or loose it. They can mostly eat whatever they want without it affecting their appearance.
They should try and eat a healthy, balanced diet. But they should train regularly if they want to keep their physique. If they're not carefull, they might gain unwanted fat. They should do weight training 2-3 times a week and aerobics either daily or on their off days, when they don't weight train.
Mesomorphs are lucky, they have alot of freedom as to what they can get away with. But they should still be carefull.
These people are rounder and "soft". They have a hard time loosing weight but can gain muscle pretty easily. Diet and exercise are the 2 most important thing for this body type.
The first thing they should do is eat smaller meals, 6 times a day. By spacing your meals by 2-3 hours each, what you do is you speed up your metabolism. But never eat 2 carbohydrate snacks back to back, since this promotes the accumulation of fat. Because your body will become accustomed to carbohydrates and use them to burn energy, when your goal is to make it use up fat. One important part of your diet is to eat the major part of yoru calories, especially carbohydrates, in the morning and then eat your proteins during the rest of the day, that way, your body burns off the calories and keeps the proteins to build your muscles. A good rule is to decide when you'll go to sleep and then count back 3-4 hours. This should be the time of your last meal. You do this to limit you intake of calories so you don't gain fat. And also, drink water, and lots of it! You body will need it to get rid of the byproducts and waste toxins from the change your making. Your diet should have alot of fruits & whole grain. Eat foods you love though, or you'll then be tempted to eat junk and thus making your efforts pretty useless. BE STRONG!!
Exercising is an important part of the plan. Endomorphs should start by incorporating some aerobics to their daily routine. Gradually step it up until you do at least 30 mins of aerobics 5-7 days a week. Yeah, that's alot, but that's a sacrifice your going to have to make if you want to look good. After that, the next step is to add some weight training to your routine. 2-3 days a week every 2 days should be enough. Start by doing the major compound exercises, like those suggested fro ectomorphs. You can add isolation exercises to tone parts of your body that you desire though. The aerobics will burn the calories and the weight training wil add the muscle and toning to your body.
So you see, what works for your buddy, might not necessarily work for you. So know what type of body you have and workout accordingly.
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A man dressed as a medical worker opens fire inside a New York hospital, killing at least one person and wounding others before being found dead by police in a burst of violence that appeared to be "workplace-related", officials said.
It is no secret that Maxine Waters is more cuckoo than a clock, as the saying goes she acts as if she donated her brain to science and forgot to tell the scientists to wait until she was dead. Especially now that she wants an investigation to see if President Trump can be exiled. Mad […]
A Taiwan filmmaker's deadly helicopter crash has turned attention to footage of a limestone mine that environmentalists say goes too deep. The mine would have generated less attention without the accident, an environmental group leader says.
Winnipeg Free Press, 22 Jun 2017 - SOME Manitobans might not like it, but at least this province now knows where it stands with its request for an extension of the date when marijuana will be legalized. There will be no extension. Ready or not, Manitobans - like all Canadians - can legally light up on July 1, 2018. Finance Minister Cameron Friesen spoke out this week after returning from a two-day summit of his provincial and federal colleagues, frustrated that his request for a deadline extension was denied by federal finance minister Bill Morneau.
Filming for Deadpool 2 is underway, and while star Ryan Reynolds has the luxury of hiding the disfigured face of the title character under a mask, his new costar doesn’t. Josh Brolin is playing Nathan Summers aka Cable in the upcoming sequel. Fans of the X-Men comic book series know that cable is the son of […]
Venta de Finca Rústica de 110 Ha. consta de una Masia de 301 m2 por reformar en Font-Rubi rodeada de 78,075 Ha de bosque y el resto de la finca es toda de cultivo de viñas, olivos, yermo y campos. FINCAS MONTMAR Ref _ FR0509
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President Trump’s surprise suggestion Friday that deadlocked Senate Republicans shift their focus to simply repealing Obamacare — and worry about replacing it later — has its roots in a Koch network proposal that has been shopped around Congress for months.
Just hours before a US woman was accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in a failed YouTube video stunt, she posted on Twitter saying it would be "one of the most dangerous videos ever" and it was "HIS idea not MINE".
El Residencial Montefaro es una urbanización cerrada y rodeada de plena naturaleza en la que existen varias tipologías de viviendas. Chalets y plantas bajas para disfrutar de la seguridad y la tranquilidad,con una estupenda piscina tropical,...
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Ding Dong the Witch is dead, goodbye Roger Ailes! This week Bryan found a new love in Disneyland fail videos, while Erin lost her entire Sunday to “the Keepers” on Netflix. Also, Last Man Standing has been canceled by ABC and conservatives have gone crazy blaming “liberal Hollywood” for it. Plus, curious researchers in Cyprus believe after much research Lesbianism to be an evolutional phenomenon that has occurred only to create arousal in men.
Hello, readers! Welcome back for another installment of one of our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable folks—both in front of and behind the camera—from the horror and sci-fi genres to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are […]
Hitting select theaters tomorrow is writer/director Jeff Baena’s unconventional nunsploitation comedy, The Little Hours, which is an adaptation of The Decameron and features stellar performances from the likes of Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, and Fred Armisen. And while he was sure to line up some great comedic […]
Paris and the entire country of France is world-famous for its cuisine, with a non-exhaustive list of delicacies and culinary systems. The culinary reputation of Paris is very rich, cultured and diverse. French food culture, according to UNESCO, is important for 'bringing people together to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking' and the power to create 'togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature'.
French food culture includes such wonders as the croissant, éclair, bouillon, crepe, and, of course, the baguette. Wine (there are as many types of wines as there are regions in France), bread (usually eaten in some form with each meal) and cheese (there are over 400 types of cheese in France made from all types of milk, including goat) are the staples of French food culture and French life.
The word and idea of a restaurant, which really came into modern times at the end of the French Revolution when the nouveau riche (newly rich) had more money to spend, come from French. From cafes to bistros, the world owes a lot to the French for the commercialization of specialty foods and making them available to the public. The first Parisian restaurant was founded by Beauvilliers in 1782 in the Rue de Richelieu, called the Grande Taverne de Londres. He introduced the novelty of listing the dishes available on a menu and serving them at small individual tables." Following the revolution, the abolition of the guild system made it easier to open restaurants. Also, since so many aristocrats fled or were executed, their former cooks and servants found new employment and Paris became the center of the new restaurant scene, which, to some degree, it remains today.
The aim of this architecture competition is to design a new 21st century restaurant and wine bar on the promenade along the River Seine in Paris. The restaurant should be unique and innovative in all respects and should invent new ways to provide an overall sensory experience to the customers. The restaurant should experiment with unique materials, volumetric compositions layout systems and other transitional spaces to make it a new prototype and exemplary typology that will become an active gastronomical hub in the heart of the French capital. The participants should:
Create an architectural icon along the River Seine, that will become a popular destination for the residents and everyone who visits the city. The participants must consider the attributes of light, color, materiality, aesthetic quality that will add a sense of identity to the restaurant, eventually creating a landmark along the picturesque context of River Seine. The participants are free to create their own design language, ranging from contemporary to traditional but should be able to merge the shell with the existing context in a respectful and additive fashion.
Create an experience within a restaurant shell that adds to the programmed interior space. The participants must try to create a wholesome experience for the end user rather than just a self-referential interior space. The participants are free to design a thematic or a generic interior environment but it should have an immersive effect on the customers, stimulating their sensory experience.
Maximize the use of the waterfront context and the promenade into the architectural concept for the restaurant. The participants are required to use the unique nature of the site into their design proposal and architectural built form. The participants can use the water element and picturesque surroundings and develop the restaurant as an open, semi-open seating zone. The quai or the dock-promenade can be used as an extension of the restaurant and cultured into a social and leisure zone.
Start of Competition and Early Registration: 1st July 2017
Early Registration ends: 31st August 2017
Standard Registration starts: 1st September 2017
Deadline for Questions: 10th September 2017
Standard Registration ends: 30th September 2017
Closing day for Submissions 30th September 2017
Announcement of Winners: 24th October 2017
*Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm - 00:00 IST (India).
Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:
First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate
Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate
Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate
10 Honorable mentions
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on archasm’s website and several international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.
From 1st July 2017 to 31st August 2017
For Indian nationals- INR 1500 (per team)
For Foreign nationals- EUR 60 (per team)
From 1st September 2017 to 30th September 2017
For Indian nationals- INR 1800 (per team)
For Foreign nationals- EUR 80 (per team)
Entrants may register by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through our secure gateway on our website www.archasm.in
Group discounts apply for a minimum of 5 teams from one particular architecture school/university as our initiative to promote more participation from students.
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Names of all the participating teams members and their respective team leaders.
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Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered. Participation assumes acceptance of the regulations.
Team code is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition.
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This is an open international competition hosted by archasm to generate progressive design ideas. There are no plans for the riverside restaurant to be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only.
Registration Deadline: Aug 3, 2017; Submission Deadline: Aug 3, 2017
This free-to-enter, two-stage ideas competition is seeking forward-thinking, imaginative proposals to integrate sustainable placemaking with development and new infrastructure. The focus for the competition is the arc encompassing four of the UK’s fastest-growing and most productive centres: Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.
Submissions should consider how to provide the homes the area needs: high quality places that integrate the proposed infrastructure and enhance the identity of the corridor as a single knowledge-intensive cluster, while working with its distinctive environmental and cultural character.
The Oxford to Cambridge Connection: Ideas Competition is aimed at broad multidisciplinary teams of urban designers; architects; planning, policy, and community specialists; landscape designers; development economists; and others with local knowledge and general insight. Submissions from international teams and students are welcome.
Interested teams will need to read the Search Statement on the competition website before submitting their emerging concept, team details and registration information via email (using templates provided on the website). The deadline for entries is 14:00 BST 3 August 2017. At the second stage of the competition, four shortlisted teams will receive additional briefing and progress their concepts into creative visions, developed on a specific location within the corridor.
Registration Deadline: Aug 21, 2017; Submission Deadline: Aug 21, 2017
The subject of the competiiton is an urban design idea proposal for the Trade Fairs Brno site
and part of the Brno wateworks connected to adjacent terminal and Riviera recreation area, which will
show new way of using the development areas and the possibilities of the better integration of the complex
to the city organism. The proposal in the scope of the urban study will be processed on the entire territory in
accordance with the competition brief (see document P01).
During the designing it is necessary to respect the generous urban concept of the Trade Fairs site
based on the clearly structured public spaces surrounded by exhibition pavilions with great architectural
The competiton goal is to obtain quality urban proposals which will be the basis for spatial planning
documention change. The proposals should have a unifying concept, long-term sustainability and should
naturally and functionally integrate the site into the city organism. The announcer wants to obtain a solution
that will strenghten and improve exhibition and congress function of the site and find new functions for
currently unused parts of the complex and improve the openess of the area to the public.
This week Bryan explains how Mamma Mia is the modern day Cats, while Erin shares about her eventful New Years Eve with a bunch of dead rats. Also, Religious TV Show host Gordon James Klingenschmitt recently defended a stationary store that was discriminating against gay people, and The New York Times published an article about tech companies recruiting women candidates for positions of power to help enact change. Happy New Year!
This week Bryan attends a boot camp class and once again gets face shamed while Erin accidentally finds a dead dog in a bush. The media is starting to point blame as to what voters caused the election outcome and naturally, its women. Plus we have a new Chief Strategist in Steve Bannon, a crazed racist, minsogynst, human dumpster fire, and Guest Ira Madison III is here to discuss the election aftermath, pop culture, and binge watching The Apprentice. Keep it Nasty!
just get rid of dead wood teachers.If we are truly serious about education then lets deal with it.Take policts of of the education.I hear stories weekly of somone telling stories.
under UBP, PLP & OBA. None of them have had the back bone to get rid of dead wood.
Some school principal knows of teachers not performing, other teachers complain , but.... rather than adressing the issue the teacher is moved to another school to be someone elses problem.
I feel I have been let down as the school in my area had a terrible reputation , hence I worked two jobs& with yhe help from my parents put my daughter through orivate schol to give her a good education.
I had to pay twice as a tax payer I pay for kids to be educated, then I paid for private school & it cost more to educate a child in public school.
There are some truly dedicated and great teachers,and there are some that are not!
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter. Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.
Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat.
I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it.
And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station.
So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.
Or so I thought.
When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.
"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"
A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,
"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"
When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.
My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours.
I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off.
"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"
Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.
"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"
"But does two hours really mean two hours?"
"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"
"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"
"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"
"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"
"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."
"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."
"So the flight might get cancelled?"
"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"
"It's Air India, not All India Radio."
"Yeah, same difference."
"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"
"You both have life insurance, right?"
"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"
"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."
All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram.
"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"
So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions.
All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off.
I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!
My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted.
The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge.
At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"
As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl.
Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,
"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."
His colleague responded,
"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"
and walked away.
So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember.
A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.
Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.
We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,
"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."
I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.
This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.
Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.
There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.
That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.
When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,
"You can go."
He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.
So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?
Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said,
"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"
I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.
Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.
There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men.
The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.
Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new.
When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel.
There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there.
Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one. The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway.
As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine.
Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel.
And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.
Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime.
I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.
So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was.
Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing.
Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that.
You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.
Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight.
Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door.
I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.
I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.
I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place.
We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.
Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.
Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green.
And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics.
It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.
A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.
When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.
As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever.
Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.
I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.
The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.
When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT"....to any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?
The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.
We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.
It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.
Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.
Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?
I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.
While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.
Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?
But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.
When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.
Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.
As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!
Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.
I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.
The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"
We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".
And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.
Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.
Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.
The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,
Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns. But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch. For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience. Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.
Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.
It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".
Going Annu Gogtya = falling.
This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"
When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face. They call him Antu sheth!
True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.
After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.
I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,
"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"
"Yes" I replied.
"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"
I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,
"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."
"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"
"Two days ago."
"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"
"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"
"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"
"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."
"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"
"You're right." I nodded.
"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."
Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.
"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.
"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."
"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"
Before I could say anything, Antu continued,
"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden is...how do you say...."aircondition"!"
Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,
"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"
Then he addressed Hegishte again.
"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."
The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,
"What do you do?"
"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"
"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.
"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"
I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.
"Sure, go ahead."
"How much money do you make from one movie?"
This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.
"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.
"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."
"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."
"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"
"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.
"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."
Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.
"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."
"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."
"Well..you know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and all....is that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"
"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.
"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."
I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.
"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.
Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.
By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.
I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.
"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"
"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"
I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,
"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."
And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.
"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.
Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.
"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.
"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"
"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.
"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."
"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."
Antu continued in his characteristic manner.
"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy croaked.....now waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."
Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.
And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.
Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.
It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.
That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.
One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.
"So....how's the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.
"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.
"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"
"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.
"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."
[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]
"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"
The manager got pissed off.
"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.
"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"
"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"
"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"
The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.
"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"
"It's okay." I said.
"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."
"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."
"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"
"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.
"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"
"So you watched the play after all?"
"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."
Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.
But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.
"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.
"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.
"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.
"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."
"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."
A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.
"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."
"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."
"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"
"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"
Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".
Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,
"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"
"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"
"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."
"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."
And so ended the rant.
I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.
Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,
"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."
Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,
"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."
Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.
Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.
"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."
"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."
"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.
"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."
"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.
"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."
"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"
"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."
When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.
"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"
"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear. Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."
At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.
"You're right." I said.
"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"
Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.
The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,
"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"
"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."
And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.
This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.
"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."
The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.
"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."
"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"
For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.
"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."
I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar
"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"
"Both of us are going."
"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."
Antu sheth paused and continued.
"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she left.....you know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"
"Tomorrow morning by bus."
"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"
"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones. Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"
And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.
The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,
Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.
"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."
I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.
Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.
You know the problem with red wine? There isn't enough crunch. This week Antonin Scalia is deader than a doornail and Bryan and Erin ain't too sad about it. Also women athletes are unfairly having to choose between competing in the Rio Olympics or potentially contracting the Zika virus. It's a real fucking bummer. For a pick-me-up check out your local speed metal bar!
Every once in a while, test cricket says to other sports "Who's your daddy? I am!" Today is one such time.
Five days ago, if you had said to me, "Australia will win the Barbados test", I'd have responded, yeah, probably...for sure... so?
The beauty of test cricket is its ability to engineer the most bizarre dramas, replete with unexpected reversals, and above all, often making the the audience switch their loyalties.
Five days ago, I was sure that Australia, the side that whitewashed the kinda-mighty Indians, would make mincemeat of West Indies. It didn't even seem like a test series worth following on Cricinfo. But follow it I did. Once you love test cricket, you can't help but follow test cricket, no matter how foregone the conclusion might seem.
Then came the first major twist in the tail. The Windies, marshaled by that old fox Chanderpaul, posted a 400+ score. It's not often that a team loses after scoring 400+ in the first innings. Even better, the Windies bowlers got rid of the Aussie top and middle order fairly soon.
Holy crap! The Windies were set to get a substantial first innings lead. And even win the test! Go West Indies, I thought. Yessss! Schadenfreude is a cool-sounding word, but it truly finds its meaning when the Australian cricket team is losing. Go Windies!
And then test cricket showed why it's everyone's daddy. The Aussies, reverting to a sickening old habit, fought back. Their tail wagged, chipping away at the deficit. Their 10th wicket partnership was going strong, reducing the deficit to a mathematical factoid. Heck, they might even wipe off the deficit.
And then.... huh! Clarke decalred! What!??! He declared, with his 10 wicket pair going strong and the deficit still 43! He declared to, ostensibly and obviously, have enough time to actually win the test.
I have generally disliked the Aussie team. And I don't like Michael Clarke. But this decision won me over. What a declaration! True, his 10th wicket was at the crease, so to posterity, it might not seem like much. But in the context of the match, it was quite a doozy.
Turns out Clarke shocked not just us fans, but the Windies batsmen too. They promptly collapsed in a heap. And suddenly, it seemed like Australia might win this. It wasn't easy. Sure, it seemed easy - 192 in 60-odd overs. But the fading April light meant there was no chance to get more than 50 overs. On a 5th day pitch.
Then came the inevitable sad flashback. India at Dominica last year. The #1 test team in the world. Set 180 in 47 overs. And India decided to play it safe and accepted a draw after a half-hearted attempt. As an Indian, the whitewashes in England and Australia hurt, but didn;t come close to the shame and outrage I felt for the Dominica cop-out.
Surely Clarke with his brave declaration wouldn't pull a Dhoni and play it sickeningly safe? He better not. Aussies better win this.
And that's the weird journey I made in a handful of days. From "Oh, Aussies will definitely win" to "Wow, WI are batting well." to "WI may get the lead! Wow! WI can win this!" to "Oh no! Oh damn! Aussies might save the test" to the final leap "Please please please Australia, win this!"
For that is the beauty of test cricket. It can shake your convictions and loyalties. The action in the middle can make you forget your prejudices and switch sides to support the side playing truly in line with the game's true character. If you've seen Rocky 4, you might remember how the Russian spectators stop cheering for Ivan Drago and start cheering for Rocky, going against all their loyalties and convictions. Well, that was a (rather badly) scripted movie. This is the reality of test cricket.
By the 3rd session on day 5, I found myself, for the first time in well over a decade, cheering for an Australian win. It may seem like an odd, even fickle reversal to cheer the side that I was so dead set against just 5 days ago.
But that's what test cricket does. And did. To me. My heart raced as I groaned at every Australian wicket and cheered every big hit from the Aussies. I kept trying to calculate how long sunshine would last before the umpires closed the proceedings for bad light. And I kept hoping the Aussies would make it.
Aussies - the pre-match favorites, and Windies the underdogs. But test cricket when it is in its element, can make you cheer for the favorites as if they're the underdogs.
Finally, Australia won. They walked on sunshine. And have most likely ushered in another era of self-belief and dominance that will be the bane of other teams in the next decade.
Living in New York is a continuous assault on the senses - in a good way. You get to see, hear, and experience so many things unique to the city, that it becomes commonplace in a while. But every few days, I have a new experience that makes me love this city even more. This is one such experience.
This semester I have been teaching in the Bronx 3 days a week. The commute is long, and involves something I have never had to resort to in Manhattan - riding the bus! I take a subway train from Manhattan to the Fordham Rd station. And from there, take a bus to the Fordham campus, about a mile away.
This is an SBS (Select Bus Service) bus. Unlike normal buses, where you pay the fare when entering from the front door, the SBS buses require you to swipe your metrocard at the bus stop, take a receipt, and keep it in your pocket. The driver assumes that everyone has a receipt. Most of the times, no one checks if you actually have the receipt. But once in a while, when you get off the bus, an MTA employee is waiting to check your receipt. If you don't have it, you pay a fine. Doesn't happen too often (I've encountered receipt checkers only 3 times in the last 3 months), but acts as a deterrent against free riders.
Obviously, you need to get the receipt from the fare machine BEFORE the bus gets there. Which is what I usually do. I get off the subway, walk to the bus stop which is a block away, swipe my card, take the receipt, and wait for the bus. That receipt is free, because transfer from an MTA subway to an MTA bus is free. So I'm not paying the city of New York another $2.25, just getting a proof of the fact that I have a right to be on the bus.
A couple of days ago, I got off the subway, and saw that the bus was already at the stop. Instinctively, I ran. I wasn't in a hurry or anything. I could just as easily have taken the next bus and been well in time for my class. But the human urge to run after the earliest bus is as irresistible as the canine urge to chase cars. So I ran.
As I ran, I started wondering if I really could catch the bus. I would have to go to the fare machine, swipe my card and get the receipt (a process than takes 10-15 seconds), and then get on the bus. New York City bus drivers, quite understandably, don't hang around waiting for tardy passengers. Time, tide, and MTA buses wait for no one. It seemed like I would probably miss the bus. I still kept running.
As I approached the bus, before I could head to the fare machine, a man getting down from the rear door thrust his hand out in my direction. In New York, if a stranger makes a strange gesture, you ignore it. So I did. Another man did the same thing, trying to hand me something. I assumed he was handing out fliers like someone at every street block in the city seems to be doing, ignored him, and kept running. Although I was in no particular hurry, I kept hoping I could get to the fare machine, get the receipt, and hop aboard before the bus left.
When I was about to run past the middle door towards the fare machine, a big black guy about 2 metres tall and almost as wide stood halfway in my path. With a swift motion of his arm, he thrust something in my hand and grunted,
"The f**k's wrong withchoo man? Get on the damn bus!"
I stopped dead in my tracks. Not like I had a choice, given that he was blocking my way. I looked at my hand. It held an SBS receipt. I looked up and saw the big lug had already started lumbering away. He looked back at me and said,
"You gonna miss the bus."
With the receipt in my hand, I hopped aboard, and stood there, trying to figure out what the hell just happened. It took several seconds for me to grasp the concept. And I finally understood that the other guys thrusting their hands at me had been trying to do the same thing - hand me their receipts.
I had been the beneficiary of a benevolent social contract that seemed to have come about among those who travel on SBS buses. When you're getting off the bus, if you see someone running to catch it, you give them your receipt. The receipt is no good to you anyway after you've gotten off. The poor running sap will have to go to the fare machine, and will probably miss the bus. So an elegant solution to help others out - give them your receipt.
The simplicity and elegance of this implicit social contract almost made me go "AWWWWWWWW". There's no way to know how this norm started or when. But it's another example of how human beings thrown together in a tough situation develop mechanisms to help each other out. Often, when it's a tough situation brought on by "the man" or the government. It's a bit like how drivers on the interstate highways, when they see a cop hiding in the bushes to catch speeders, flash their lights to oncoming drivers to warn them.
The next time I get off the SBS and see someone sprinting towards the bus, I am going to hold out my receipt for them too. That really is the essence of "pay it forward".
Did you see Bryan in "A Deadly Adoption"? If not you better, cause it DOES matter, Monica. This week lend your ears to what's new and exciting in the world of revenge porn and protecting women against dickhead ex boyfriends and hear ye all about Mike Huckabee's call for riots if gays get to get hitched federally. Let the haters begin!
As his investigation into the Andromeda Initiative deepens, Tiran Kandros encounters a terrifying and deadly adversarya salarian mercenary named Agent Zeta. Tying in to Mass Effect: Andromeda, writers Jeremy Barlow and John Dombrow and artist Gabriel Guzman team up to create the next exciting chapter of the Mass Effect comics series!
Five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers as they raided two Syrian refugee camps in the Arsal area at the border with Syria on Friday and a sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol, the army said.
An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog has confirmed sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria's civil war.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline - meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget....
Legal moves have been initiated against the Congress of the People (COP) giving the party until today to halt the candidacy of Nicole Dyer-Griffith in the party’s July 9 leadership election.
If not, court proceedings will commence to secure this, according to a pre-action protocol letter from attorney Alvin Ramroop to COP↔Leader Dr Anirudh Mahabir and COP↔general secretary Clyde Weatherhead. It was sent on Tuesday. Responses were sought from them by yesterday but a requested extension shifted that deadline to today.
Griffith -Dyer is contesting the poll along with Carolyn Seepersad- Bachan and Sharon Gopaul- McNichol.
However, attorney Ramroop, representing COP member Kirt Francis , a former executive officer, wrote the party regarding alleged unlawful ratification of new members and ineligibility of new members to vote at/ to contest leadership election.
The letter claimed COP’s ratification of Dyer-Griffith’s membership in COP↔was null and void since it didn’t meet party constitutional rules. It called for the party to bar Dyer- Griffith from contesting or voting in the election and to have systems in place for a national executive to be elected.
Mahabir said, “I’m not commenting on any letter or whether we received it..... we have no reason to postpone the election at this time,”
McNichol, who said she’d heard of the legal moves , but was not part of it , said she resigned as COP deputy leader and from the COP’s interim “lead team” on February 13 following concerns on “many matters including unorthodox” procedures.
However ,support for Dyer-Griffith has come from Opposition↔Senator Rodger Samuel who said, Her candidacy brings freshness to the party’s helm and she has the propensity to draw youths.,”
COP’s founder, Winston Dookeran, said Dyer- Griffith contacted him on Tuesday asking to speak with her and he confirmed he would be speaking with her .
On Monday, Carolyn Seepersad- Bachan indicated she had support from Dookeran. He’d endorsed her in the 2014 leadership poll.
Dookeran,who’s working overseas, told the T&T Guardian on Wednesday, “Carolyn did speak to me about her candidacy and I told her that I was happy there is a contest and that she has offered herself to stay in the politics. “
“Yesterday (Tuesday), Nicole e-mailed me a request to talk, and I will be more than pleased to do so. Other than that, I have been very much out of T&T, and do hope that the COP may again initiate a healthy, not fake, political narrative that touches the young persons of our country. Although, I am now far off, my hope is that a ‘team effort’ will emerge in our politics.”
Former leader Prakash Ramadhar said he didn’t think former leaders “should get involved in elections save in extreme circumstances , so if I have personal views, I’m not sharing them. But I won’t allow the party to fall,”
“Many clamoured for leadership for years, but weren’t willing to do the work and criticised without assisting. I saw it fit for those clamouring to take leadership to see what improvements they may or can bring until the next election.”
“ I learned we must always bring together all who are interested in improving citizens’ lives. That includes people you may not wish to befriend, but if we have a common goal, I’m willing to work with anyone on ideals COP espouses. In politics, you have the good, the bad and the ugly and you have to be able to work with as many to achieve power to make the necessary changes.”
Tired of being robbed, proprietor Yana Zeng is believed to have struggled with two men who held up her mini-mart on Tuesday night. For her resistance she was fatally shot by one of the bandits.
According to police reports, around 9 pm two men entered the N&N Mini-mart located at Cantaro Village, Upper Santa Cruz and and demanded cash from Zeng, 33 and her husband. When she resisted she was shot in the side. The men then ran out mini mart and escaped through a track.
Zeng was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, by Constables Collins and Nurse but was pronounced dead on arrival around 9.30 pm.
Gathered near the scene of the robbery and shooting on Tuesday night, residents said the business had moved to its current location after being robbed several times before. They added that Zeng, commonly called “Anna,” was a neighbourhood favourite. The neighbours lamented the deterioration of the community, recalling several shootings in the area prior to Tuesday’s incident.
The killing brought back memories of the double murder of Chinese nationals Shirui Zhao and Yangli Gu as they returned home after closing up business at the E World Club and Liquor Bank on June 15 in Marabella.
Video footage showed Zhao and Gu pulling into the parking area in front of the Kosume Bar at the corner of New Haven Avenue and John Street in Zhao’s black Toyota Corolla Altis. They lived in an apartment upstairs the bar with other Chinese nationals. As Gu opened the right passenger door to exit the car, two gunmen came from the right and began firing at the car. Gu had turned 29 years old on that day.
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In this week's Throwing Shade, Erin makes her first appearance as a divorced woman, and Bryan can't handle her new sexual swagger. But they manage to discuss Tim Tebow (which they know a lot about), Rick Perry's new gay book, the worst fraternity in America, and the gayest billboard in Times Square. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Kim Jong-Il is dead, y'all!
Venus Williams is being sued for breaking traffic laws in the build-up to a crash earlier this month that led to the death of a 78-year-old man, according to documents obtained by CNN's Chloe Melas, and transcribed by Jill Martin.
It's been reported Williams has been named in the lawsuit after Jerome Barson died from injuries suffered in the June 9 crash in Palm Beach County, Florida, when the car he was a passenger in collided with Williams' vehicle.
The documents, which were emailed to B/R, allege Venus "negligently operated or maintained the Toyota Sequoia so that she collided with a 2016 Hyundai Accent that was being operated by Linda Barson and occupied by her husband, Jerome Barson," per Martin.
The suit also says Williams failed to yield the right of way, failed to stop at a red light, failed to obey a traffic control device, failed to keep a proper lookout, failed to stop for oncoming traffic, was driving too fast for the conditions, drove carelessly and recklessly and was distracted while driving.
Barson died almost a fortnight after the crash having sustained a fractured spine as well as massive internal organ damage and internal bleeding.
The impact caused damaged to both vehicles, per the suit. The Hyundai was "crushed, the front windshield shattered, the airbags deployed, there was crush damage to the rear on the driver’s side, and the back window was shattered." Williams' SUV "was also severely damaged."
TMZ wrote that a police report said Williams was to blame for the crash, although her attorney, Malcolm Cunningham, said she was travelling through a green light at only five miles per hour entering the intersection.
WPBF-TV reporter Ari Hait provided Cunningham's statement in full:
Williams is said to have not been under the influence of any alcohol or drugs when the crash took place, but Malika Andrews of the New York Times reported witnesses told investigators the light was red as she entered the intersection.
Williams is seeded 10th in the 2017 Wimbledon Championship and is scheduled to make her 20th appearance in the competition on Monday, July 3.
Venus Williams was deemed to be at fault in a car accident in the state of Florida that led to the death of a 78-year-old man on June 23.
Per an official police report obtained by TMZ Sports, the accident occurred June 9 in Palm Beach Gardens. The driver of the other car told officers Williams' vehicle "suddenly darted into the intersection" and she had no time to stop before T-boning Williams.
The officers did note in the report there was "no evidence Venus was under the influence of drugs or alcohol," nor was there "evidence she was distracted by an electronic device."
The report notes Williams said she told police she was trying to go through an intersection, but backed-up traffic led her to reduce her speed dramatically, and her vehicle was left "exposed in the intersection."
Jerome Barson suffered head trauma in the accident and was taken to a local hospital's intensive care unit, where he died two weeks later. Barson's wife, who was driving the car at the time of the accident, suffered broken bones and other injuries.
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The Feminist Majority condemns the cruel draft of the U.S. Senate healthcare bill released today that threatens to decimate Medicaid as we know it and rip health insurance away from millions. We’re calling on U.S. Senators to oppose the Senate’s deadly, heartless version of Trumpcare.
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Meets tight deadline requirements and leads by example, especially under. A2R Standardization lead should drive.... From Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:47:08 GMT - View all Manila jobs
A former Doctor opened fire at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in the Bronx on Friday afternoon—killing one and wounding five others. The crime scene is at 1650 Grand Concourse near 173rd Street in the Mt. Eden section. Seven people total were shot and one victim has died. At least three of the victims are doctors. Police said the suspect […]
NJ-Ridgefield, SUMMARY DESCRIPTION Directs, supervises, and coordinates activities of Preweighers and Compounders that perform chemical processing and batch mixing for the creation of bulk material needed for production. Plans department operations to ensure production and quality of products meet deadlines and specifications. All processing is performed in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Qua
Over the years, I’ve almost lost count of the priceless treasures of art and antiquity which I’ve seen with my own eyes – and which now lie in pieces. Fourteen years ago, racing across Mosul to see the building where US forces had just shot dead the sons of Saddam Hussein, I glimpsed the “hunchback” minaret of the More
A young woman known only as Itzel has been exonerated of possible charges after struggling with a rapist for his knife and killing him. The killing brought an end to a two-hour ordeal in which she was kidnapped and assaulted in public upon leaving her school. Whether the death of the rapist is to be More
[[tmz:video id="0_we9pgryy"]] Even as a severely disfigured character, Ryan Reynolds still has enviable looks. Ryan was in full Wade Wilson mode during filming of "Deadpool 2" in Vancouver, Canada. He's in full makeup with burn-like scars all…
Esattamente trent’anni fa esplodeva l’ultima grande rivoluzione del
rock, fatta di poche, povere cose, di chitarre suonate al massimo
volume e pantaloni strappati, di spille da balia e urla, di sogni
infranti e di nessuna speranza. Era il punk, pronto ad abbattere il
vecchio rock e a farlo rinascere di nuovo, sotto la spinta di gruppi
come i Sex Pistols e i Clash, con la poesia di Patti Smith e dei
Television, con l’intelligenza dei Dead Kennedys e l’energia dei
Ramones. Una musica ruvida e forte, splendidamente imprecisa e al
tempo stesso magnificamente indipendente. L’ultima fiammata degli anni
Settanta verrà raccontata da Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo in
“Lezioni di Rock”.
Police in the Philippines have killed thousands in a bloody war on drugs. Now, in this Special Report from Manila, Reuters exposes a disturbing trend of victims arriving at hospitals and being pronounced dead on arrival. As Special Correspondent Clare Baldwin explains, this appears to be a convenient way for police to cover up vicious executions.
A man in a white lab coat used an M16 assault rifle to open fire on multiple floors of a Bronx hospital where he used to work as a doctor Friday afternoon, killing one woman and injuring five others, law-enforcement sources said.
NEW YORK — A doctor who used to work at a Bronx hospital returned with a rifle hidden under his white lab coat and opened fire Friday, killing one person and wounding six others before apparently taking his own life, authorities said.
Atari Lynx WarBirds game manual a look inside - 10.26.2008
A peek inside the manual for the game WarBirds for the Atari Lynx Portable Entertainment System. This page reads: AERIAL ARMAGEDDON! It's World War I and you are the newest pilot in the Army Air Force. Your eyes almost bug out as you are led to your aeroplane, an awesome biplane fresh from the factory. You look with amazement at the twin front-mounted rapid-fire machine guns. You hear the crackling of the guns, the rip of a hit, and the screaming whine of a crashing enemy plane. The time has come to put your training to the test, to find out what you're really made of. It's time to join the WarBirds! WarBirds is a simulation of aerial combat. You may play alone and hone your skills, but the real thrills come when you engage your friends in deadly dogfights.
Hello, I recently purchased lilac Bulbs or roots from a local store. I am in a warm climate and haven't been able to find any lilacs anywhere. it was a package of 2 and I planted them according to instructions and one seems to be doing pretty well, some leaves to show its alive. I know it may take a couple of years to see any blooms.
The other appears to be dead, how long should I give it? Any help is appreciated.
I agree, the ones that reseed themselves typically are stockier and sturdier than ones you pre-start. I seeded Queen Cleome last Fall but I did not get any, I need to try that one again. I know what you mean, sometimes I get a bit to zealous with weeding and realize later I yanked up things that had self sowed so I should've transplanted to a better spot if they were somewhere I really did not want them. Ah well, try again next year. :)
Great info on deadheading. Also plant for continuous color is very helpful! I I sometimes leave the spent flowers from plants laying on the ground hoping they will reseed. Then come winter when weeding I pick the starts and loose more plants that way! Except Cosmos, I know what to look for and love when they reseed because you get shorter plants that way not some 6 foot monsters!
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While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.
But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:
After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.
More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.
Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.
What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.
Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.
Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:
This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.
Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:
I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now.
CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”
Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago.
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Dark Rose Bundle Contains Dark Rose for V4 and A4 Bouquet for Dark Rose Colorburst for Dark Rose Dark Flavour for Dark Rose Evening Bloom for Dark Rose Halloween Rose for Dark Rose Nocturne for Dark Rose A little sweet and a little Goth and a little flirty, Bouquet is a stylish and versatile arrangement of shadows and radiance for V4 and A4’s Dark Rose. Bouquet comes with two fun styles, one light and one dark — perfect for whatever mood captures your moment. The set is expertly done, with meticulous attention to every detail. Taking full advantage of the realistic texture potential in current software, Bouquet includes diffusion, transparency, bump and reflection maps for Poser 5 and 6 as well as for DAZ Studio, all accessible via coordinating thumbnails. BRC’s Dark Rose dress is about to become as evil and magic as possible… With this new set of textures, you’ll turn your classic Gothic set into a new witchy and sewy outfit, perfect for Halloween. A witch hat (poseable and morphable smart prop) is included for free. As an extra gift, you’ll also get a free , you’ll also get a free Undead edition of the Standard V4 texture. Everything needed to turn V4 into a nightmare beauty… This set uses Poser compatible materials and may not give the same results in DAZ Studio. What’s Included and Features Features 1 Texture Set for BRC – Dark Rose: Corset Boots Gloves Skirt Stockings 1 Witches Hat Prop (.PP2 and .OBJ) […]
Gladiatorae In heat of the Roman summer the arena calls for blood… for centuries the spectacle of gladiatorial combat delighted untold masses across the Empire. Never failing to amaze, it was a dance of death fought in the sweat stained sand. Men and women, from slaves to pontiffs, from untried fodder to celebrated champions; the arena would leave its mark- transforming those who entered its world into hardened warriors, or delivering them quickly into the arms of death. Gladiatorae is a huge assortment of poses for Victoria and Michael, gritty and dangerous, engaged in deadly gladiatorial combat of the most intimate kind- unarmed. This pack features 30 poses for two master gladiators doing battle, and 30 poses for gladiatrix vs. gladiatrix locked in a deadly duel. 20 solo poses are also included which depict our fearless combatants stretching and preparing for the fight to come, as well as sprawled in defeat or rapturous in victory. The Gladiatrix character full body morph is also included (INJ + REM), along with the Reset Body pose and 50 cameras to coincide with the poses for supremely dramatic action. The combat poses work with limits set to off OR on, though a few of the solo poses were designed with limits set to OFF. https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/gladiatorae/91730/
Angel & Assassin bundle Assassin Angel Victoria 4 Even the ones striking from the shadows prefer to look their best; dealing the deadly blow while being stylish – what girl can resist that? Support for Aiko 4, the Girl 4, Elite morphs, and numerous full and partial body morphs from the Morphs ++ pack. The Assassin Reloaded comes back with weapons deadlier than you can imagine. Support of Posermatic’s Natural Gravity Morphs for Victoria 4 and Natural Gravity Morphs for Victoria 4 Elite Utopian. As well as several new MAT poses to impress all the friends and foes. Execution for Assassin Textures Compatible Figures: Victoria 4, Aiko 4, Victoria 4 Elite, The Girl 4 Angel for V4 Included https://www.daz3d.com/angel-for-v4 https://www.renderosity.com/mod/bcs/execution-for-assassin-angel-victoria-4/77098/ https://www.daz3d.com/assassin-angel-victoria-4 https://www.daz3d.com/assassin-reloaded-for-v4
There is never a need to put up with terrible sound quality as you cruise down the road. A handful of minor tweaks can give your tweeters something to sing about. If you are dealing with treble trouble or bad bass, then the following are eight simple ways to pump up the jams that you will want to take note of: 1. Upgrade Your Speakers Stock factory paper speakers and low-quality installations will leave your listening experience flat on the dash. If you want good sound, spring for a decent set of speakers, you’ll be glad you did! 2. Insulate Your Doors Insulating your doors with sound-deadening material by HushMat will reduce vibration and distortion, boost the quality of your car audio installation, and improve your overall sound quality. This is often overlooked, and can make a big difference in the listening experience. 3. Amp It Up More power equals more sound. If you like to crank it up, then you have to give your speakers the juice they need to deliver the clean sound you desire. A well-built amp is just what the audio engineer ordered for top-quality sound. Did you know most speakers blow out due to too little power? This causes the speaker to work harder than designed, heat up faster, and significantly shortens speaker life. Give ‘em the power they need, and they’ll give you years of great sound! 4. Equalize the System Every car is different, and sound will react differently depending on the layout and materials within the interior. An equalizer makes it possible to adjust the sound coming from each speaker for maximum performance. 5. Seal in the Subwoofer Air leaking from around the subwoofer can dilute the sound, resulting in less volume. A well-sealed subwoofer helps contain the sound and direct it best acoustically into the listening environment. 6. Upgrade the Receiver A solid receiver is essential for receiving clear radio signals, smooth CD spins and clear MP3 playback. You will want to select a receiver that has the USB ports and the extras you need to connect your devices to your car audio system. Today’s most popular features like Bluetooth and CarPlay are available in many models in all different price ranges. 7. Splurge on Wire One of the most important elements of audio installation is often ignored. High-quality speaker wire is essential for high-quality sound. You will want to choose wire gauges that are matched to your speakers and their position within the vehicle. 8. Put in a Capacitor Not a flux capacitor unless you plan to go back in time. A simple capacitor will be more than enough to keep the power flowing from the battery to the amp and through your speakers, and keep lights from dimming as well as reducing strain on your vehicles charging system. Audio Express Are you wondering “Where can I get car audio near me? The answer is Audio Express because we have plenty of stores located throughout the region. We will be happy to listen to your needs and recommend the solutions that will deliver the listening experience you desire. We can help you enjoy concert-quality sound if you love to cruise to Chopin, jam with some jazz or put the pedal to the Metallica.
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois' crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline - meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget....
‘CONSTRUCTOR’ EXPANDS TO PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE IN AMERICAS Demo Now Available on All Platforms Larkspur, Calif. – June 29th, 2017 – Deep Silver and System 3, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving video game publisher, today announced Constructor, a reimagining of the legendary title first released in 1997, will be releasing digitally and physically in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, on July 25th, 2017. The embodiment of “construction meets corruption,” Constructor empowers the player as a budding property tycoon on a mission to build a successful city. This doesn’t just involve the speedy building of homes and businesses, however; players must negotiate the tangled web of Undesirables, a motley collection of reprobates that can be used against them – and by them, against others. Murder, arson, extortion, and sabotage are all tools at your disposal in this ultimate fight for power. Gamers on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can sample the delights of Constructor in a free demo available now on the PlayStation® Network and Xbox Live, allowing a full playthrough of the 40-minute tutorial, followed by 12 minutes of uninterrupted fun in the single-player mode of this cult British classic, with unlimited replays available. PlayStation 4 Demo: https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/constructor-demo/cid=UP2047-CUSA08578_00-CONSTRUPS4USDEMO Retail edition exclusively at GameStop: http://www.gamestop.com/ps4/games/constructor-only-at-gamestop/149579 About System 3 Formed in 1982 by Mark Cale, System 3 is recognised as one of the founding pioneers of the gaming industry and as a name synonymous with producing original genre defining gaming concepts year on year. From early 8-bit Commodore 64 and the Sinclair Spectrum machines, through the days of 16-bit Commodore Amiga and Atari ST formats right up to and beyond the phenomenal Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox console boom, the company has brought a unique gaming style to new formats as and when they enter the market. System 3 stands proud as the last surviving British Independent Publisher from those grass roots years. System 3 produces games for the key hardware platforms including; Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows®-based personal computers and smart phones. 2017 marks System 3′s 35th anniversary. About Deep Silver Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Agents of Mayhem. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com.
[/center] [center] Artist: Slayer Title: Seasons In The Abyss Year Of Release: 2015 (1990) Label: American Recordings Genre: Thrash Metal Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/192kHz] Total Time: 42:27 Total Size: 1,82 GB [/center]
Slayer built a rabid following with faster-than-light thrash metal, eerie, disturbing lyrics, and bassist/singer Tom Araya's screamed vocals. 1986's „Reign In Blood", a blinding metal classic that clocked in at below a half hour in length and was produced by Rick Rubin, put the band on the metal map. Although Slayer was a bunch of longhairs, it wasn't uncommon to see hardcore skinheads slamming away at the band's shows. But 1988's „South Of Heaven" alienated many of Slayer's punk fans, as the group slowed their speed metal to a Black Sabbath-like crawl. After staking out new territory with the underrated South of Heaven, Slayer brought back some of the pounding speed of Reign in Blood for their third major-label album, Seasons in the Abyss. Essentially, Seasons fuses its two predecessors, periodically kicking up the mid-tempo grooves of South of Heaven with manic bursts of aggression. "War Ensemble" and the title track each represented opposite sides of the coin, and they both earned Slayer their heaviest MTV airplay to date. In fact, Seasons in the Abyss is probably their most accessible album, displaying the full range of their abilities all in one place, with sharp, clean production. Since the band is refining rather than progressing or experimenting, Seasons doesn't have quite the freshness of its predecessors, but aside from that drawback, it's strong almost all the way from top to bottom (with perhaps one or two exceptions). Lyrically, the band rarely turns to demonic visions of the afterlife anymore, preferring instead to find tangible horror in real life -- war, murder, human weakness. There's even full-fledged social criticism, which should convince any doubters that Slayer aren't trying to promote the subjects they sing about. Like Metallica's Master of Puppets or Megadeth's Peace Sells...but Who's Buying, Seasons in the Abyss paints Reagan-era America as a cesspool of corruption and cruelty, and the music is as devilishly effective as ever.
Tracklist: 01 - War Ensemble 02 - Blood Red 03 - Spirit In Black 04 - Expendable Youth 05 - Dead Skin Mask 06 - Hallowed Point 07 - Skeletons Of Society 08 - Temptation 09 - Born Of Fire 10 - Seasons In The Abyss Produced by Slayer, Andy Wallace & Rick Rubin. Digitally remastered. --
Microsoft heeft bekend gemaakt dat onderstaande lijst met games onderdeel uitmaakt van de Xbox Game Pass vanaf 1 juli aanstaande. Met de Xbox Game Pass kunnen spelers toegang krijgen tot meer dan 100 Xbox One en backwards compatibel games. Het is dan ook vergelijkbaar met een gaming streaming dienst.- Dead Island Definitive Edition- Resident Evil 6- F1 2015- The Flame In The Flood- Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition- Bard's Gold- Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine
Anand Pal Singh was shot dead by Rajasthan Police a few days ago. Rajput community is boiling since then, his family has refused to take the body and protests have become violent with people burning government cars and buildings. This calls for a ED special Demystifier on what exactly the issue is. Who Was Anand […]
The practice of keeping aquariums came about in the late 1800's. They were fairly crude. Usually these ancient aquariums only had one side that was made of glass, with the other three sides being made of metal or wood. Most aquariums consisted of fish that were native to the region of its owner simply because of availability. Also most old school fish tanks contained only fresh water fish. The reason being that salt water would corrode the metal frame that held the aquarium together.
Aquariums drastically changed in the 1960's with the invention of silicone adhesive. Metal frames became obsolete and more people started to keep salt water fish and invertebrates. More recently glass tanks have become less frequently used due to the flexibility of acrylic. Literally flexibility! Acrylic aquariums are far more for forgiving than there glass counterparts. If a heavy object strikes a glass tank, it will almost certainly break. The flexibility of an acrylic tank will prevent this catastrophe from happening. In addition, acrylic offers more flexibility in design than glass. Acrylic aquariums have been made into everything from coffee tables to gum ball machines.
That being said, there is a short downfall to owning an acrylic aquarium. They do scratch more easily than glass. When cleaning your aquarium, be careful not to use paper towels, and harsh or abrasive chemicals, as they can scratch the acrylic surface of the aquarium. Always use a cleaner specifically labeled safe for acrylic. Use plastic or rubber scrubbers, rather than metal to clean the sides of an acrylic tank. Be careful not to accidentally pick up a piece of substrate or gravel while cleaning the inside of the tank. However, if you do happen to scratch an acrylic aquarium, all is not lost. The tank can be repaired, unlike glass. There are acrylic repair kits available at specialty pet stores, your local hardware store and of course online.
When purchasing an acrylic aquarium kit, there will be many different options to choose from, at many different price points. Aquarium kits can be purchased at places such as specialty aquatic pet stores, from huge retail chains, or again online. A fish lover can choose from small cylinder shaped tanks that can double as a coffee table lamp to wall huge wall sized aquariums. While, there are some basic things that will be included in most kits, such as, a filter, some substrate or coral and sometimes lighting, the kits themselves can vary greatly. It really doesn't matter where you buy your starter kit, but keep in mind that it is extremely important to buy your fish from a reputable dealer. Don't buy fish that are hovering near the surface, or that are located in a tank with other dead fish. Fish diseases are extremely communicable. Be weary of a fish dealer that refuses to catch a specific fish out of the tank for you. After all this is going to be your fish and you have a right to choose. Tristan Andrews is a freelance author who writes articles about pet health and pet supplies.
President Trump’s surprise suggestion Friday that deadlocked Senate Republicans shift their focus to simply repealing Obamacare — and worry about replacing it later — has its roots in a Koch network proposal that has been shopped around Congress for months.
Un extenso conjunto de lagunas conectadas entre sí a través de cascadas y rodeadas de pinos, juncos, encinas, olmos y álamos blancos. ¿Donde situarías un paisaje de estas características? A buen seguro que si no conoces el Parque Natural de las Lagunas de Ruidera nunca te imaginarías un lugar así en pleno corazón de La Mancha, ¿verdad?. Las Lagunas de Ruidera se sitúan entre el valle del Guadiana y el valle de San Pedro. Hace mucho tiempo un movimiento tectónico provocó la erupción de las lagunas y su particular terreno compuesto principalmente por caliza y arcilla creó asimismo mares subterráneos.
Hardcore punk icons MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) have announced plans to release a new album this August. All we currently know is the record will be titled Mein Trumpf. Stay tuned for more details on the follow-up to 2004’s Magnus Dominus Corpus.
An Evening with Bruce Hornsby offers fans the best of a three time Grammy award-winner. The singer, pianist, composer, bandleader and keyboardist will offer classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions. Rock out to “The Way It Is” from his 1986 debut album and one of the most popular songs of that decade.
He is known for his intense collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. Rolling Stone once said he defined “the sound of grace on the radio.” He received the Grammy for Best New Artist with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the 1990 Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album, and the 1994 Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
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Police said a gunman is dead and at least three people were shot inside Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York City Friday. Police are on the scene at 1650 Grand Concourse near 173rd Street in the Mt. Eden section. There are four people shot. At least three are doctors. Police are advising that the suspect is a black male , 6 feet tall, wearing a white lab coat, possibly carrying an M16 rifle under it. The suspect was later found dead on an upper floor. There is a possibility there are more victims in the hospital, officials say. Police radio has identified the shooter as Dr. Henry Bello. According to the hospital website he practices “family medicine”. Sources say he may be a “former employee”, although is currently on the hospital website. BREAKING PHOTO: GUNMAN AT BRONX HOSPITAL ID'D BY NYPD AS DR HENRY BELLO, FORMER EMPLOYEE AT HOSPITAL- MORE INFO HERE https://t.co/WvV2AdVZlC pic.twitter.com/NE14s2ZpTv — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 30, 2017 DEVELOPING – REFRESH FOR UPDATES
Nicholas Paget-Brown and his deputy step down after criticism of response to fire and chaotic scenes at council meeting
The Tory leader of Kensington and Chelsea council is to step down along with his deputy after weeks of criticism over the response to the Grenfell Tower fire, culminating in a bungled attempt to hold a meeting about the blaze in private.
Nicholas Paget-Brown, who became the focus of protests over the Conservative-run authority’s actions before and after the deadly inferno, said he was departing to accept some responsibility for “perceived failings” by the council.
Our society treats those in poverty as moral failures, whose voices of concern are a sign of ingratitude
It remains hard to grasp the enormity of the Grenfell Tower fire. There is the catastrophe itself: Grenfell, quite simply, is the deadliest fire to have raged on our soil in over a century. Even the blitz didn’t start a single fire as hard to escape from as that which began in a single flat in North Kensington on 14 June 2017.
Grenfell Tower is a catastrophe at the heart of the country’s capital and after two weeks the council cannot get a grip on the situation. It’s good news that the chief executive of the company that managed the Grenfell Tower resigned – but it should just be a prelude to the removal of the rest of the council leadership on whose behalf he operated. Given the acute need in the borough to heal divisions, reassure residents and provide long-term services to victims, the time has come for central government to relieve Tory councillors of duties they patently cannot fulfil. It seems clear that local politicians, including deputy leader Rock Feilding-Mellen, who chaired the council’s housing committee and oversaw the refurbishment of the 24-storey block, are perhaps too consumed with the questions of responsibility – such as did cost-cutting play a part in the disaster – that the fire raises. There may be plenty more prodding from a public inquiry, police investigations into potential criminal offences, inquests into the deaths and potentially a slew of civil claims.
Labour leader writes to Theresa May after new inquiry chair says it will be limited to cause of fire and why it spread so quickly
Jeremy Corbyn expressed concern that the Grenfell Tower inquiry could have too narrow a remit after comments from the newly appointed chair suggested it would be limited to the cause of the fire and why it spread so quickly.
The leader of the Labour party wrote to the prime minister on Friday, saying that the terms of the inquiry should be broad because the deadly fire had “much wider implications for national policy issues”.
It was someone sent to tell us 'this is what I'm doing and this is what's going to happen'. That's not a consultation
Frustration grows at failure of authorities to say who survived, who perished and who is still missing, 17 days on
Grenfell Tower survivors are becoming increasingly frustrated at the authorities’ failure to release the full list of names of the dead, and have turned to independent experts to try to establish an accurate picture of the number of casualties and survivors of the fire.
In the absence of an official list, residents are relying on volunteer demographers and data experts to help them compile estimates of the death toll, filling names into online floorplans and spreadsheets, with data colour-coded according to who is confirmed dead, presumed dead, still unaccounted for or survived.
14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 29 June 2017 — "Today we
are going to practice writing a letter," announced the fourth grade
teacher at a school in the Plaza of the Revolution district in
mid-June. Immediately, Lucia, age 9, thought about writing a letter to
her grandmother telling her about her latest acrobatics on skates, but
the recipient had already been decided. "You are going to write a letter
addressed to Fidel Castro thanking him for a free education," declared
The girl froze. It never would have occurred to her to address a letter
to a dead person, nor to anyone who wasn't a friend or a member of her
family. She scribbled the date on the top of the page and then stopped,
with the pencil suspended in the air, not knowing what to do. "Lucia,
you have to thank him for building schools and teaching Cuban children
to read," ordered the teacher.
The student remained paralyzed. "Come on, it is very likely that on the
test they will ask you to write a letter to the Comandante and you have
to practice." The pencil didn't move a fraction of an inch. "Look, I'm
going to dictate some sentences to you and then you can continue on your
own," the teacher said, her tone increasingly irritable. "Fidel, without
you I would have no shoes and no books and I would be illiterate," she
dictated. But the girl didn't make a single mark.
When she got home the sheet of paper still had only the day and the
month in one corner. So it was her mother's turn to insist, "Think that
you are writing another person and then later put 'His' name on it," she
proposed as a trick to get around the problem. Lucia imagined she was
telling her grandmother about the games in the park, and thanking her
for her affections and then signed it, squeezing in her name next to a
drawing of a flower.
Last week the final exam included the request to write a letter. But
this time it was addressed to the teacher and had to respond to the
question, "What do you do to help your mom with the housework?" The girl
stopped for several minutes with the pencil suspended over the paper
without knowing what to do. No one came to dictate the sentences.
* This story is not literature, but absolute reality. The student's name
has been changed to avoid retaliation.
Surrounded by death, a man with a terrible gift reaches for life.
A horrific tragedy blasted open a door in young Michael O’Rourke’s mind—cursing him with the ability to talk with the Dead. Nearly two decades later, Michael has moved from victim to survivor, using his abilities to seek out those who would go unjudged.
With his gift, he talks to those who’ve died violently and seeks out their killers. Only once he’s found the murderer, can the victims be at rest. After his last case, the only thing he wants is peace and he hopes to find it in the small town of Mitchell, Indiana.
But something is horribly wrong—the dead are waiting for him there, as well.
Small town sheriff Daisy Crandall is frustrated. The murder investigation she’s leading is going nowhere, the few leads she’s had haven’t panned out. She needs a break—this case is personal and when a stranger arrives, turning up where he shouldn’t be, she’s suspicious. Finding out that he is more than what he appears to be should shock her but doesn’t. The fact she’s highly attracted to him at the worst possible time is a hindrance.
Unfortunately, teaming up with Michael is the only way.
Now it’s a race against time before the killer destroys the life of his next victim…
This book has been previously published. A prequel to the FBI Psychics series.
**Warning: this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, violence **
Talking with the Dead is an intriguing quick read with a touch of romance. The main focus of the book revolves around the mystery of the killer with the romance between Michael and Daisy running on the
sidelines. I agonized with Michael in parts of the story, his inner struggles are written flawlessly. Michael and Daisy both have personal struggles to overcome before they can admit to wanting to be with each other. It was refreshing to watch as Michael dealt with his ghosts and finally went after what he wanted, Daisy.
Although Lucas never mentioned it, and neither did Mom, Michael O’Rourke was a disappointment and he knew it.
Lucas, now, Lucas was everything their charlatan mother could ever hope for. She’d taught him well, teaching him how to run scams, how to pick pockets and how to evade cops and social workers. Yeah, she’d taught him well, all right – maybe too well. Lucas was sixteen. Strong. Smart. He wasn’t going to hang around and keep helping his mother run her scams.
She called herself Lavonne, but her birth name was Rachel O’Rourke. Her great gift in life was in the grift. She could run a scam like nothing Michael had ever seen. Evan Lucas couldn’t sucker them in the way Mama could.
But Lucas had gifts, real gifts, the kind Mama liked to pretend she had. He saw things.
The “sight” Mama called it. Ran in her family, she liked to say, although Michael didn’t’ think she had ever seen anything that he couldn’t see with his own two eyes. Lucas once told Mike that their mama couldn’t see a spirit if it bit her on the ass. They’d laughed themselves sick, thinking about it.
Lucas could see, though. He knew things. He had known when it was time to leave New Orleans and he had known when it was time to leave Memphis and he had warned her about going to Nashville. She’d pissed people off there, but Lavonne was stupid. Plain and simple. She was going to do what she wanted to do.
Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid... she fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah... serious vampire stories. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, but most all anything romantic. Once upon a time, she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She also writes under the pen name J.C. Daniels.
someguy805 submitted this review of the Nokia N73:
Overall rating: 4.5 (out of 5)
Many moons ago, I bought a W810i. It was brilliant. It also got dropped in water. Insurance sent me various flavors of braindead and broken phones (Pearl 8100, Samsung SGH-a707, W580i, LG Shine CU720) before office of the President stepped in and gave me $200 to buy this phone. It beats them all.
PROS: It runs a real smartphone OS, which means real applications and real PDA functionality.
The camera is fantastic. Pictures are crisp and vibrant. Video could be passed off as coming from one of those "Flip Video" sort of cameras.
The media player flat-out makes sense. It's easy to use, lets you send it to the background, and holding a button (with the most recent firmware) immediately brings up the 'Now Playing'.
Battery life has not been a problem. It's not quite the ten days my old W810i managed, but it's by no means bad. I use it moderately and charge it every third day. Charging is incredibly quick.
At the maximum brightness the screen is uncomfortably bright, which is a very good thing.
In the Nokia tradition, RF, signal acquisition and holding, and voice quality are stellar. Calls are loud and clear, and my mom can't be convinced I'm not on a landline. The speakers on the top are loud and clear.
CONS: The keyboard is a bit cramped, but I'm used to that sort of thing. The joystick is a bit low-rent.
The front camera is dreadful, but you already knew that.
It uses Nokia's smaller, spindlier charging connector (but comes with an adapter - don't bin that old charger just yet) and Pop-Port. They're not flawed, but a 3.5mm headset jack and miniUSB are better at this sort of thing.
It is quite thick.
Symbian OS v9.1 requires applications to be signed. There is no surefire workaround for this. It's occasionally slow.
No SDHC support means you're limited to 2GB, and miniSD means yet another adapter.
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It's always a great idea to check the fine print of any contract before you take out a line of credit, but many people neglect to do this and owe a lot of money. There's no sense in beating a dead horse here. The important thing now is to work toward getting out of debt, so let's …
The much-anticipated Deadpool sequel is introducing some new mutants in front of the camera and a new director behind it. Here is everything we know about the follow-up to the mouthy mercenary's blockbuster debut.
It's always a great idea to check the fine print of any contract before you take out a line of credit, but many people neglect to do this and owe a lot of money. There's no sense in beating a dead horse here. The important thing now is to work toward getting out of debt, so let's …
Author:Catcher10 Subject: new steven wilson song Posted: June 30 2017 at 09:00
Just listened to the song on the train to work......Pop to the n'th degree. I am not sure what radio station here in the US will play it, maybe in Los Angeles, NY places like that but in other cities I struggle thinking it will get airplay. Not because the song is not pop, but because nobody in the mainstream knows who SW is.
I am totally fine with the song, he will get more women to his live shows because of this album. But I don't think he will become more pop-ular....
It worked for Genesis, Yes, PF, PGabriel, Phil Collins..these were/are all monster bands in rock, prog, psych and very popular on the FM dial, Porcupine Tree and SW are not.
I wish him well always and I want all artists, specially prog, to get their due (money), these guys put serious hours into their craft and get probably minimum wage salary when you count the hours they clock.
Like I said before, this album will not fare well with the furrow browed prog-elitist that populate this site. If you enjoy good music without a label then you may enjoy it.
I wonder what path he will take after this album, I do think it will sell well, but I think in live shows he will get slammed if most of the show is songs like this and not from back catalog.
He is insanely talented, but I suspect this album will hurt his reputation for those without an open mind. From that perspective I say let it roll and press those records and ship them!
Prog is such a dead genre today that maybe this will serve as some kind of wake up call......
It's been awhile since I've posted! I don't have much to say other than I was in Los Angeles in late October with TVN while they did their promotional tour. We had a blast! It's almost winter time, so hibernating is probably what I'll be doing until spring. I'll occasionally post some photos of this year, if I have time. This blog will eventually be dead whenever we get the new website up.
Below is a photo I shot of a beautiful supercell in Eastern Colorado on June 10th of this year. (If you look closely in the foreground, you'll see Robert Seaman filming for the Storm Chasers show) This is why I chase.
Edit: The Facebook link on the right doesn't work right now......I've temporarily deactivated my account until the first chase of the season.
Below, are some attempts at panoramic photos of shelf clouds I've taken this year. The first in Nebraska near Columbus and the second just west of Quincy, Illinois. I didn't shoot them vertical, but rather horizontal, and I think they turned out alright...with maybe the exception of the Quincy one, since the 16-35 lens I was shooting shows distortion on the horizon from the wide angle.
Had another great storm photo day yesterday, where I chased a SE moving supercell from Salina, KS into the Flint Hills. Had no GPS on my laptop, so keeping up with it through the Flint Hills was quite a challenge. I lost count on the dead end roads and one-lane Farmer Bob roads I took; thank God they weren't muddy! No time-lapses, but shot more panoramic photos of a stunning shelf cloud at sunset. The supercell actually made one attempt at tornadogenesis as the RFD surged and wrapped around the north side close to the K-4 / K-15 intersection, before gusting out.
After that, an amazing sunset with golden fields emerged, as the decaying storm left a variety of colors on the backside. I must have taken 500 pictures yesterday, not wanting to miss anything. The Flint Hills are really a hidden gem in Kansas, and adding a photogenic storm to things at sunset really makes things serene. I was chasing solo and really wished I had someone there to share how amazing it was, but sometimes it's probably better to be alone. Pictures of yesterday at some point.
Wow, almost 6 months since I've updated this! It's been a crazy April, so far, witnessing/documenting a legitimate 11 tornadoes and hopefully more coming this week. If you are still following this blog, the best way to keep up with me is through my facebook page where I'm updating pictures/updates on storm chasing throughout the Spring.
I've been chasing with the TVN team this Spring and will continue to do so until at least mid-June, so check out their LIVE streaming page to follow us on our live storm chasing journey this Spring. Looks like a marginal chase this Thursday (we've been chasing everything) and things really start to ramp up by the end of the weekend into early next week.
Below are some photos I've taken this Spring of storm chases, with about 20 gigs more to process as I write this. Unfortunately, we were in Yazoo City, MS minutes after the tornado struck the town and below is a picture of the actual tornado. Last Friday, we also witnessed the deadly Scotland, AR tornado as well. It never gets easier seeing the destruction and chaos first hand. Seeing the Yazoo City damage/chaos really brought me back to the Greensburg, KS tornado, which just happens to be the 3 year anniversary of it today. It's pretty difficult to put into words, photos, or even video of what it's really like.
This is only my 3rd day off since beginning this trip a month ago, and will be remembering all of the victims of the violent tornadoes I've witnessed over the past three years.
New website is still under construction but should have it up in the next month or two.
I have a new camera and a variety of solid lenses, but am having trouble accessing the RAW files, but will be updating my facebook page/flickr soon once I get things resolved. Tornado pics, structure, damage photos to be uploaded soon.
'She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman,' Beyonce says in a statement to MTV News about Houston, who died Saturday in L.A. By Jocelyn Vena
<P>One day after pop music <a href="/news/articles/1679035/whitney-houston-dead-celebrity-reaction.jhtml">lost one of its icons</a> and greatest voices, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/houston_whitney/artist.jhtml">Whitney Houston</a>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/knowles_beyonce/artist.jhtml">Beyoncé</a> is opening up about the death of the pop superstar. She recalled meeting the singer for the first time 15 years ago, just as she was breaking into the industry herself. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class="player-placeholder right" title="Whitney Houston: Life And Music Of An Icon" id="id:1679030" width="240" height="211"></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>"The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind," she said in a statement to MTV News. "She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her." </P><P> </P><P>Beyoncé continued in the statement that Houston's killer vocal abilities helped make her the superstar she was. "I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song," she said. "She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her." </P><P> </P><P>Her statement comes on the same day that Houston will be remembered at the 2012 Grammy Awards. B's "Dreamgirls" co-star Jennifer Hudson will lead the <a href="/news/articles/1679040/whitney-houston-grammy-tribute.jhtml"> Grammy tribute to the late icon</a>, along with Houston's longtime friend and collaborator, Chaka Khan. </P><P> </P><P>She joins a long list of divas who have recalled Houston's undeniable influence on their own careers, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Christina Aguilera. </P><P> </P><P>"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston," Mariah Carey wrote about the <a href="/news/articles/1679049/whitney-houston-dies-details.jhtml">loss of Houston</a>, who was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel on Saturday."My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth." </P><P> </P><P>It's not only pop divas who are recounting her influence, but also <a href="/news/articles/1679063/whitney-houston-dead-grammys-2012.jhtml">producers from the world of EDM</a>. "She had the swagger and she had the voice," Diplo told MTV News during our pre-show live stream. "I was listening to a bunch of records last night, and I was amazed at how deeply I felt about her records as a child." </P><P> </P><P><b>MTV News' Sway and James Montgomery will be live from the <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys/">Grammys</a> red carpet all evening to get reactions from music's biggest stars on the death of Whitney Houston. Watch reactions and remembrances at MTV.com.</b> </P><P> </P><P><i>Share your condolences with Whitney's family and friends on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/mtvnews/posts/381732435187118&rdquo" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.</i></p>
With anti-Islamic State group forces on the offensive in both the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, Iraq's prime minister on Thursday declared an end to the extremist group's self-proclaimed caliphate.
But even as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the bold assertion, deadly fighting...
Senate Republicans appeared unlikely to hit a self-imposed Friday deadline for revising their health care bill, as negotiators considered scaling back promised tax cuts for the wealthy in order to provide more insurance assistance to the poor.
Vice President Mike Pence led a White House push by...
It is not enough to be passively “not racist.” We must be actively anti-racism.
Libertarians tend to think of freedom as either a means to an end of maximum utility—e.g., free markets produce the most wealth—or, in a more philosophical sense, in opposition to arbitrary authority—e.g., “Who are you to tell me what to do?” Both views fuel good arguments for less government and more personal autonomy. Yet neither separately, nor both taken together, address the impediments to freedom that have plagued the United States since its founding. Many of the oppressions America has foisted upon its citizens, particularly its black citizens, indeed came from government actors and agents. But a large number of offenses, from petty indignities to incidents of unspeakable violence, have been perpetrated by private individuals, or by government with full approval of its white citizens. I would venture that many, if not most libertarians—like the general American public—haven’t come to terms with the widespread, systemic subversion of markets and democracy American racism wreaked on its most marginalized citizens. Consequently, libertarians have concentrated rather myopically on government reform as the sole function of libertarian social critique without taking full reckoning of what markets have failed to correct throughout American history.
Take, for example, the common libertarian/conservative trope: “We believe in equal opportunity, not equal outcomes.” Most people, outside of the few and most ardent socialists, should believe that is a fair statement. But to say such a thing as a general defense of the status quo assumes that the current American system offers roughly equal opportunity just because Jim Crow is dead. Yet, that cannot possibly be true.
I left libertarianism because I concluded that it is a hopelessly utopian ideal that is practically impossible in a fallen world of real human beings, libertarianism did not leave me. But this is not libertarianism, this is the convergence of libertarianism and its cooption by equalitarians.
At this point, it's safe to say that libertarianism is as intellectually dead as communism. That doesn't mean it won't retain any number of dogmatic adherents, but at this point, it can no longer be considered conceptually viable. And this new Cato-endorsed variant is little more than a farcical parody.
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Chicago Bears first-round QB Mitchell Trubisky threw his support behind Mike Glennon in an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday, June 30.
Footballguys View: Glennon is the free agent addition who got a three-year, $45 million contract from the Bears earlier this year. In 2017, Glennon will have a cap hit of $14 million and a dead cap value of $18.5 million. He's the starter until Trubisky is ready for prime time. We could see Trubisky get a 'redshirt' year during his rookie season so long as Glennon doesn't fail miserably as the team's starter.
We are happy to announce that together with Oxygen, we have released EMF Forms and EMF Client Platform 1.13.0! The number “13” should actually mean bad luck, however, 1.13.0 is the 14th release (starting with 1.0.0), so we are not superstitious here
We want to thank our continuously active team of 14 contributors (35 contributors over all) for completing on 43 bug reports and feature requests.
It is amazing to look at the on-going histroy of this successful project, since version 1.0.0, we have completed over 1.4k feature requests and bug reports, 38 contributors have submitted 10k commits and developed 640k lines of code. EMF Forms continues to be one of the most active projects at Eclipse.
In case you don’t know EMF Forms: It is a framework focused on the creation of form-based UIs. EMF Client Platform is designed to support the development of applications based on an EMF data model. If you are not yet familiar with EMF Forms, please refer to this tutorial for a introduction.
The NBA Free Agency 2017 will be in full swing come July 1 and one of the most intriguing story lines isn’t even about a free agent. Disgruntled All-Star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly deciding where he wants to play next season. The irony of this all is that he may have no control over it.
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has been linked to a number of teams since last year’s trade deadline. His relationship with the recently-fired Knicks GM Phil Jackson has deteriorated after a number of failed trade attempts that left the superstar, his teammates, the team, and the city disillusioned. According to Sporting News, it even came to a point that the Zen Master himself requested for Anthony to waive his no-trade clause so that the Knicks can move him. Alas, none of it came to fruition and the Melo-Saga (some say Melo-drama) continues.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a strategic plan to eliminate the agency's existing orphan designation request backlog and ensure continued timely response to all new requests for designation with firm deadlines. The agency's Orphan Drug Modernization Plan comes a week after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb committed to eliminating the backlog within 90 days and responding to all new requests for designation within 90 days of receipt during his testimony before a Senate sub...
Brandon Hardesty, host of the series No Small Parts, is back with a new series titled It Wasn’t That Bad. In this series, Brandon takes horribly reviewed films and gives his thoughts on why the movies weren’t actually that bad. He first defends a movie from his childhood, Drop Dead Fred, in episode one. The […]
Would you say you are an "edgy" person? What does "edge" mean? How can the term be used in different contexts in English? Today we will answers these questions and we'll start with a question from a listener:
Hi Lindsay and Michelle,First of all, thank you for your hard working that you offer to help people with their English. I really appreciate your hard work. Today I have a question on how to use the word 'edge'? I hear Native say it all the time in their daily conversations and each time I hear it means differently. Do you think its meaning change depending on the situation? Or it just has one meaning? Could you please provide examples on how to use? Thanks again for your awesome job!!Sincerely,Lydia S.
Make sure you understand every word you hear on All Ears English.Bring your English to the advanced level with new vocabulary and natural expressions.Get the transcripts from today’s episode.Learn to speak naturally with the American accent.Click here to subscribe and save 50%There are many ways to use the word "edge."Great question.There are so many idioms so today we are going to focus on just a few.Idioms with "edge":
Edge: “the line where an object or area begins or ends “- merriam webster
For example: “Be careful, your coffee is on the edge of the table. I don’t want it to fall off!”
To have an edge over someone: to have some advantage over another person
L: Do you think I’ll get the job?M: You’re the most qualified! You should!L: Yeah, but I think my competition has an edge over me because her dad works for the company.
Edgy: This can be used to describe someone who is a little bit different
You might also say: “Rough around the edges”
M: That guy was a little too edgy for me. I like someone who is a little more clean cut.L: I know he’s a little bit rough around the edges, but his heart is in the right place.
To be on edge: to be nervous
M: Can I ask you a question?L: Umm...yeah ummmM: Woah, why are you so on edge?L: Sorry, I have a deadline tomorrow so I’m kind of freaking out!What ties these uses of "edge" together?They are all about being a little bit different whether it's physically or personality wise.What do you think??Takeaway for today:Listen to native speakers.How do they use this?What questions do you have from today?Let us know in the comments below.
The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant spiders, swordsmen cloaked in shadow, re-animated dead warriors, and horribly hideous witches.
Ayer fue mi último día con el galardón de Most Valuable Professional que otorga Microsoft a profesionales técnicos que comparten su trabajo en las comunidades. Gente que invierte su tiempo en mantener un foro, un blog, que participa en grupos de debate de Facebook o que participa reuniones alrededor de unas cervezas para charlar de bots, de BigData, de seguridad informática, hacking o programación en cualquier lenguaje.
Figura 1: Adiós MVPs. Hola Comunidades Técnicas.
En mi caso han sido un porrón de años. En concreto desde el 1 de Julio del año 2004 al 30 de Junio de 2017. Pero es lo que sucede cuando te haces mayor, que todo se mide en una buena cantidad de años. Años que pasan volando mientras disfrutas con la tecnología, las cosas que haces, y las cosas que vives. Estar premiado como MVP por Microsoft nunca me supuso ninguna restricción para hacer o decir lo que quisiera sobre las tecnologías de la compañía, y de hecho he sido muy crítico o muy fan dependiendo de qué cosas. En esta charla contaba algunas de las anécdotas de más de una década como MVP.
Figura 2: Una década como MVP de Seguridad es una Barbaridad
Ahora se acabó mi tiempo como MVP, porque ya no me da la vida para seguir con el ritmo de eventos, artículos, participación en comunidades, que he llevado años atrás, y hay que valorar y dejar paso a los jóvenes MVP que hoy son premiados con este galardón. Aún recuerdo como fue el primer día, que lo refleja perfectamente este vídeo. Ser MVP te hace sentir genial...
Figura 3: I'm an Microsoft MVP and I feel Great!
Para mí fue una experiencia genial, rodeado de gente maravillosa con la que aprendí y de la que me enamoré. Gente con pasión por lo que hace, por la tecnología, por mejorar todo un poco más, por ayudar al que quiere aprender, por compartir conocimiento y experiencias. Gente con la que me reí y con la que, principalmente viví. Luis Franco, un MVP que siempre estuvo ahí conmigo.
Hoy en día, el número de comunidades tecnológicas con que contamos es enorme. Goza de buena salud ver las comunidades de desarrolladores, de hacking o de Big Data, por citar algunas. Todas las semanas hay un montón de reuniones, publicaciones de artículos, estudios, conferencias, etcétera. Se ha creado una masa crítica de amantes de la tecnología que ayuda a que cada vez la tecnología avance más deprisa. Pero hace años no era así. Hay que agradecer a las herramientas de comunicación que tenemos que nos ayudan a generar estos grupos de interés sobre determinados temas, que nos van llevando un poco más allá en el camino del conocimiento.
Figura 5: Los MVPs del Calendario Tórrido del 2009. Yo soy uno de ellos (SIN GORRO), a otro le tocó la lotería del navidad, alguno está en Microsoft ahora, y otros... iban mucho y muy poco al gimnasio, pero todos son geniales.
Con los MVPs, hace muchos años, hacíamos lo que podíamos. Compartíamos y nos apuntábamos a todo. Hasta a desnudarse en un Calendario Tórrido para sacar fondos para causas sociales. Y siempre con la diversión. Aquí, dando una charla de técnicas de inyección en aplicaciones web disfrazados de los 4 Fantásticos. El malo, lógicamente, era el Doctor Doom (el que doctor que pone las inyecciones que era malo, malísimo).
Figura 6: Con otro MVP, Ricardo Varela, dando una charla sobre hacking Web. Al loro el cinturón de Batman. Tope Cool el cross-over!
Para mí, pertenecer a la comunidad de los MVPs fue genial. Colaboré con muchos, aprendí de otros, socialicé, di charlas, me vi vídeos, llegué a vivir con alguno de ellos, y siempre, siempre, siempre, disfruté de una buena charla sobre tecnología o de un proyecto conjunto. Incluso en el lanzamiento de AURA trabajé con dos MVPs de solera.
Hoy digo adiós al programa de MVPs, pero ni mucho a las comunidades técnicas, donde seguiré aportando mi granito de arena en lo que pueda. Con mi blog, con mis charlas puntuales, con algún libro, con algún artículo en alguna revista, o con una reunión en una bolera con jóvenes universitarios de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid que se queden sin foto por no llevar gorro ;).
PD: Quiero dar las gracias a Alberto Amescua y Cristina González, que me cuidaron durante todos estos años en el grupo de MVPs, y a todos y cada uno de los que habéis sido, sois o seréis MVPs en cualquier rincón del mundo. Tenéis todo mi respeto, cariño y admiración.
In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools Not one of Washington State’s 13 resident billionaires pays a dime in income tax.
ZACHARY WARREN SPENDS A LOT OF HIS TIME THINKING ABOUT CHAIRS. Desk chairs, to be more specific. Though there’s a range of chair sizes in the classroom where he’s taught for years in the Seattle Public School system, he says, “They don’t fit the kids. The desks don’t fit the kids.”
The problem, Warren believes, is that public education in his state isn’t fully-funded. Which means equipment doesn’t always work. Or adequate supplies simply aren’t available. So teachers like him — who already struggle to make it on salaries that are well below what it takes to live in the blazing Seattle housing market — must dig into their own pockets to pay for them. And when it comes to desk chairs, well, they aren’t exactly available for a couple bucks at the corner store.
Teachers being asked to foot the bill isn’t a pattern that’s limited to Washington; it’s a nationwide problem, due in large part to the fact that teachers, who are evaluated on student success, can’t do their jobs without basic supplies. But it’s surprising that in a prosperous state with a booming economy — home to two of the world’s biggest corporations, Amazon and Microsoft — schools can’t seem to put the coins together to pay for pencils and paste.
It’s a familiar conundrum for the Washington State legislature. Colloquially referred to as the WaLeg, the state government entered its second special session this month, an extension to the 2017 legislative period. Though the word “special” is right in the name, there’s nothing unique or surprising about the fact that lawmakers are staying in Olympia, the capitol, for an extra 30 days. It happens almost every year.
Despite the state’s reputation as a liberal haven, the WaLeg is split nearly dead in half down the aisle (the Senate has 24 Democrats and 25 Republicans, while the House has 50 Democrats and 48 Republicans). It’s a division that has led to some unusual funding shortfalls in one of the nation’s wealthiest states: Not a single one In The Land Of Bill Gates, A Standoff Over Money For Schools | GOOD Education:
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Spradlin, Michael P. Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II June 27th 2017 by Scholastic Press E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
Henry has had a difficult life on the family farm in Minnesota. After the death of his mother, his father took up drinking and abusing him, so at the age of 15, he signs up for the Marines, with his grandfather vouching for his age. He survives basic training and is sent to the Philippines. Just as his commander is ready to send him home for being underage, the Japanese attack. Henry (nicknamed "Tree"),along with his friends and protectors, Gunny and Jamison, must try to stay alive during the bombings, and when the Japanese take them prisoners. Henry has some problems with anger management, and makes lots of bad choices, angering a guard he refers to as "Scarface" and getting beaten regularly. He does manage to save an Australian soldier, and the alliance with this group helps when Gunny is taken for "questioning". Japanese prison camps were brutal, and Tree ends up spending several years there. The prisoners show a lot of resourcefulness when it comes to outsmarting guards, obtaining medicine and food, and helping each other, but conditions are such that not everyone will survive.
There are a lot of World War II books, and yet I always need more for my readers who find it fascinating. A lot of books set during this time period take place in Europe, but there is a small number set in the Pacific theater. This is an excellent addition to books such as this author's Into the Killing Seas, Salisbury's The Hunt for the Bamboo Ratand Lynch's The Liberators, as well as excellent nonfiction titles like Farrell's Pure Grit, and Weintraub's No Better Friend. I've been reading middle grade World War II fiction for twenty years, and those are the only Pacific theater titles I can muster, so there is a need to more!
Spradlin's book is especially effective because it takes into account what younger readers want, which is action, adventure, and violence, with what the adults handing them the books want, which is a certain depiction that war is not a great option. Henry's enlistment is done out of desperation over his situation at home, which was not unusual at the time. While the story doesn't glorify war, it does celebrate the men who banded together to help each other survive, and showed the triumph of human will under impossible circumstances. The other thing that young readers like is anyone undermining authority, and the prisoners certainly managed to get the better of their captors on many occasions. I imagine that Hogan's Heroes was wildly popular with 12 year old boys when it was on television, for just this reason.
The historical details are rich and interesting; it had never occurred to me that the guards at the prisons camp were the less successful soliders, but it makes sense. The heat and humidity of the jungle, the food rations or lack thereof, and the historical background are all effectively portrayed, and will hold up to the scrutiny of the most well informed war buff.
Books about war are not my favorite, and Tree certainly makes a lot of choices with which I wholeheartedly disagree, but Prisoner of War will get the most reluctant reader avidly turning the pages to see what fate holds for our underage protagonist. Need more books for your tween war monger? Check out this World War II podcast.
Ure, James. W. Seized by the Sun: The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins July 1st 2017 by Chicago Review Press E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
While I am intrigued by this "Women of Action" series, this read more like a scholarly tome than a middle grade book. I'm glad to know about these, and will keep them in mind for my REALLY hard core war buffs, but will most likely not purchase and will rely on students getting this from the public library. If I had an unlimited budget, or if World War II was officially in our curriculum, I'd buy it.
From the Publisher "Of the 38 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) confirmed or presumed dead in World War II, only one--Gertrude "Tommy" Tompkins--is still missing. On October 26, 1944, the 32-year-old fighter plane pilot lifted off from Mines Field in Los Angeles. She was never seen again.
Seized by the Sun is the story of a remarkable woman who overcame a troubled childhood and the societal constraints of her time to find her calling flying the fastest and most powerful airplane of World War II. It is also a compelling unsolved mystery.
Born in 1912 to a wealthy New Jersey family, Gertrude's childhood was marked by her mother's bouts with depression and her father's relentless search for a cure for the debilitating stutter that afflicted Gertrude throughout her life. Teased and struggling in school, young Gertrude retreated to a solitary existence. As a young woman she dabbled in raising goats and aimlessly crisscrossed the globe in an attempt to discover her purpose.
As war loomed in Europe, Gertrude met the love of her life, a Royal Air Force pilot who was killed flying over Holland. Telling her sister that she "couldn't stop crying, so she focused on learning to fly," Gertrude applied to join the newly formed Women's Air Force Service Pilots. She went on to become such a superior pilot that she was one of only 126 WASPs selected to fly fighter planes. After her first flight in the powerful P-51 Mustang, her stutter left her for good.
Gertrude's sudden disappearance remains a mystery to this day. Award-winning author Jim Ure leads readers through Gertrude's fascinating life; provides a detailed account of the WASPs' daily routines, training, and challenges; and describes the ongoing search for Gertrude's wreck and remains. The result of years of research and interviews with Gertrude's family, friends, and fellow WASPs, Seized by the Sun is an invaluable addition to any student's or history buff's bookshelf."
In 1859 French acrobat Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act became law. In 1908 the "Tunguska event" occurred when a meteorite exploded over Siberia, completely leveling about 800 square miles of forest. In 1921 President Harding appointed former President Taft Chief Justice of the United States. In 1934 Adolf Hitler began his "blood purge" of political and military leaders in Germany. In 1936 the novel Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell was published in New York. In 1962 Los Angeles Dodger Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets. In 1963 Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1971 a Soviet space mission ended in tragedy when three cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 11 were found dead inside their spacecraft after it had returned to Earth; also on this day, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. In 1984 John Turner was sworn in as Canada's 17th prime minister, succeeding Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In 1985 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days. In 2004 a federal appeals court approved an antitrust settlement Microsoft had negotiated with the Justice Department; also on this day, the Iraqis took legal custody of Saddam Hussein and 11 of his top lieutenants, a first step toward the ousted dictator's expected trial for crimes against humanity; and, after nearly seven years of travel, the international Cassini spacecraft entered Saturn's orbit.
I've been reporting hate crime and abuse from public sector filth to politicians from all of their gangs for years now.
I've only ever had two direct replies, one from Ian Duncan Smiths assistant to tell me that it is no longer IDS's assistant...so it wouldn't do anything (no mention of the messages it ignored when it was IDS's assistant).
And one from a local council councilor... but only an auto message to tell me that it was Dead.
Plenty of indirect replies... all the hate crime and intimidation from lowlife nonce scum members of their political gangs. :/
Does the poison gas released during tower block fires count?
Enbridge’s Line 5 lies exposed on the floor of the Straits of Mackinac and has been losing chunks of its outer coating. A new report suggests ways to deal with it.
By Nicholas Kusnetz
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette called for a deadline to close a controversial portion of an oil pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes. The pipeline has had more than two dozen leaks over its lifespan, and parts of its outer coating have come off.
I compiled a list of books I've recently read and feel would appeal to middle and high school students. Each of the books includes themes conducive to classroom discussions.
Except when marked with an asterisk, all titles are available in audio format from the Las Vegas Clark County Public Library District (see LVCCLD link when applicable). To access these materials, you must have a current public library card and know your PIN. For more information about procuring a library card, click here. To use eAudio books from the public library, you will need to download OverDrive Media Console (a free software package) to your computer. Instructions and more information about accessing eMedia are available here.
Except for Candy Shop War and Leepike Ridge, all remaining books with asterisks are available at Audible. Note that there is a charge to purchase audiobooks from Audible. Different from the public library, however, the purchaser becomes the book's owner.
Adoration of Jenna Fox (Pearson, Mary E.): Jenna Fox awakens after a coma having forgotten her life before her accident. She explores her past life through video, but is often met with reluctance to talk about her operation with others. This science fiction mystery explores issues related to bioethics. [LVCCLD CD]
Elsewhere (Zevin, Gabrielle): Elsewhere is the story of a girl who died. Upon doing so, she arrived at a place called “Elsewhere” where all the people had lived lives on Earth and were now dead. Most of the people were a lot older than her (she died in her teens). A unique feature of Elsewhere is that you grow older instead of younger while there. [LVCCLD CD]
Hunger Games (Collins, Suzanne): The Hunger Games is the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The premise underlying the plot is that a corrupt “Capitol” controls 12 districts. To keep the districts under control, the Capitol sponsors The Hunger Games each year. Two children from each district are selected to participate, and only one participant from the 24 survives the Games. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Little Brother (Doctorow, Cory): Cory Doctorow truly practices what he preaches! In a book about high-tech, high-action stunts in the midst of terrorist activity in the U.S., Doctorow discusses the importance of freedom of information. Likewise, he made his book available for free online using a Creative Commons license. [Warning: This book includes mature themes likely to be inappropriate for use in school environments.] [LVCCLD eAudio]
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (Patterson, James): This is the first book of a series by the acclaimed James Patterson. The main character is Maximum Ride, a headstrong teenage girl who grew up in a science lab. She and her “flock of bird kids” were all genetically manipulated pre-birth, resulting in the presence of wings. As such, all the children are able to fly. The book follows Maximum Ride and her flock as they escape from the lab and learn to live on their own. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Maze Runner (Dashner, James): This is an action-packed thriller! Every month for several years, one boy has been delivered into the “Glade.” All the boys remember their names, but none remember anything else about their past. In a strange turn of events, the day after Thomas (the main character) arrives, a girl arrives. Thomas tries to learn about the society the boys created before his arrival and learns of the maze, their possible escape route, that encompasses their community. [LVCCLD CD]
Neptune's Children (Dobkin, Bonnie): Dobkin’s book, Neptune’s Children, begins with a bioterrorist attack on all adults around the world. All individuals over age 13 die instantly, leaving all children behind to fend for themselves. Those children left behind in a theme park (similar to Disneyland), create a working society while facing potential and real threats. [LVCCLD CD]
Twilight (Meyer, Stephenie): This epic series takes place in Washington state. The main character, Bella, meets a young man, Edward, who intrigues her and ultimately becomes the object of her affection. Bella learns that Edward is a vampire and struggles with love and longevity. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*Uglies (Westerfield, Scott): This series (including Pretties, Specials, and Extras) by Scott Westerfield begins with Uglies, a book about a utopian society that spawned from modern America. All children are called “uglies” until their 16th birthdays on which they receive an operation that makes them pretty. Once pretty, they move to a location where they can play and party all the time. Some uglies, though, question if being pretty is all there is to life. [Audible]
*Unwind (Shusterman, Neal): Imagine if parents could choose to have their teenagers “unwound,” have their body parts separated and given to save the lives of others. It’s the perfect solution for harvesting human organs… isn’t it? [Audible]
Young Adult Fantasy
*The Candy Shop War (Mull, Brandon):Imagine a world where eating candy could give you special powers. Mull masterfully juxtaposes good and evil amidst a fantasy of vivid characters. The book may sound like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Harry Potter, but it truly is a story of its own.
Eragon (Paolini, Christopher):16-year-old Christopher Paolini wrote this epic tale (Eragon is the first book in a series) just after graduating from high school. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Fablehaven (Mull, Brandon): When a boy and girl go to spend time with their grandfather, they learn there is more to his mysterious life than originally imagined. The area surrounding his home is a haven for fabulous creatures of all kinds—some good, and some bad. [LVCCLD CD]
Inkheart (Funke, Cornelia): In this three-book tale, Funke creates a world where books are reality become intertwined. Some of her characters have the unique ability to “read” characters and items “out” of books. In one unfortunate time, the father in the story accidentally read his wife into a book; he’s also read some antagonistic characters out of the book. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Non-Fiction
Fallen Angels (Meyers, Walter Dean): Fallen Angels is realistic historical fiction about serving in the Vietnam War. The main character is African-American, adding to the issues of race conflict occurring during the war. [Warning: Telling the story of men and women serving on the front lines, the book does not “candy-coat” the violence, language, and other everyday happenings of the U.S. soldiers.] [LVCCLD CD]
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Beah, Ishmael): A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is the true autobiographical of Ishmael Beah, a boy who served as a soldier in Sierra Leone. After his hometown was attacked by rebels, he spent months searching for his family before being recruited into guerrilla warfare. He is later reformed when living in a UNICEF refugee camp. [Warning: This book contains graphic violence.] [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition (Mortensen, Greg): Mortensen is described as a man who is single-handedly creating peaceful relationships between those in the Middle East and in the United States. This book tells his story—from mountain climbing failure to sacrificial living. After returning from a failed attempt to ascend K2, he commits to build a school for the girls in one of Pakistan’s outermost regions. He kept his promise, and continues to change the world with his relentless efforts. [Audible]
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Elijah of Buxton (Curtis, Christopher Paul): This book tells the story of a small town in Canada. Buxton is where escaped slaves from the United States find refuge. They welcome those former slaves who have made the long, painful journey from the South. The story takes a turn when Elijah, just a boy, heads back to the United States to complete a chore. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Hatchet (Paulsen, Gary): This Newberry-award winner tells of a boy who becomes an inhabitant of the wilderness when the plane in which he is flying goes down and the pilot dies in the crash. The main character must learn to survive in the Canadian wild. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*Leepike Ridge (Wilson, N.D.): This action-filled story of realistic fiction is a fun read. When the main character finds himself in a hidden cave under Leepike Ridge, he learns about life outside the mainstream.
Smiles to Go (Spinelli, Jerry): This is a coming-of-age story for boys who question who they are, where they fit in the universe, and their relationships with girls. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (Grisham, John): This is John Grisham’s first children’s book. Theodore Boone lives with his parents, both of whom are lawyers. He loves the law and spends all his free time in the courthouse. As such, he is the resident expert on the law at his school, and he regularly advises his classmates on legal matters. He eve becomes entwined in a case of his own! This is a great book to learn about the U.S. legal system. [LVCCLD CD]
Adult Historical Fiction
Sarah's Key (de Rosnay, Tatiana): de Rosnay juxtaposes the past and present when her protagonist, a journalist, accepts the opportunity to write a story about French involvement in the Nazi round-up of Jewish families in Paris in 1942. While the journalist’s story unfolds, Sarah’s story unfolds. Sarah’s story is about cruelty and loss at the hand of the French police as they did the bidding of the Nazi’s. It is also about human compassion and remembrance. [LVCCLD eAudio]
Adult Realistic Fiction
The Life of Pi (Martel, Yann): Martel tells the tale of a boy from India. His family owns a zoo, but is selling their animals to a U.S. zoo due to financial hardships. During their sea voyage, there is an accident and the boy, Pi, ends up aboard a small rescue boat along with a tiger and several other animals. He tells of their mutual survival tactics and leaves the reader questioning reality. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*The Horse Boy (Isaacson, Rupert): Isaacson wrote this biography about his son, a boy afflicted with autism. In an attempt to help their son, Isaacson and his wife trekked through Mongolia with the intent to meet shamans who could assist their child. Their journey took them to the outer-most parts of Mongolia, even to the “Reindeer People.” This is a heartwarming tale the of the efforts parents will make to assist their children and ways that seeing the world differently can help us all see better. [Audible]
Strength in What Remains (Kidder, Tracy): A medical student in Africa finds himself constantly trying to escape war and war-torn environments as he traverses through his home country of Burundi and into and out of Rwanda. He eventually makes his way to the United States where he faces trials of a homeless immigrant in a foreign land. [LVCCLD eAudio]
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (Krakauer, Jon): Pat Tillman, former NFL player, lost his life during the U.S. Gulf War. Krakauer describes the events leading to his NFL and military careers and the circumstances surrounding his death in combat. [LVCCLD eAudio/CD]
*The Last American Man (Gilbert, Elizabeth): Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, writes the biography of Eustice Conway, a true man of the American Wilderness. Born in the 1960s, Eustice took his homemade teepee and left home as a teenager to live off the land. Gilbert tells of his trek along the Appalachian Trail, his record-setting horse-journey across America, and his lifelong passion to bring Americans to a greater appreciation and respect of nature. [Audible]
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The gunman who went on a deadly rampage inside a Bronx hospital Friday is a former doctor there who has a criminal past that includes getting busted for a frightening sex attack on a stranger, The Post has learned. Henry Bello, 45, was arrested Aug. 28, 2004, in Manhattan following an incident in which a...
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FIFA gave Sudan’s Football Federation (SFA) until June 30 to avoid an international ban from football by reinstating the FIFA-recognised SFA chairman and board of directors. The international governing body of football has warned Sudan that it’ll face suspension from world football in case it failed to overturn an order by the ministry of justice […]
Vika and Jelena look very nice..but I do not like Mugu's look at all.
Breaking news out of Palm Beach, Florida: Venus Williams involved in a car accident that killed a passenger in another car and it has been stated that Venus was at fault, running a stop light. The family of the deceased is planning to sue her. WOW..how will this affect her status at Wimbledon.
Koban Book 6: Conflict and Empire The Galactic Federation is confronted by the vast and implacable Thandol Empire, which has coveted the former Krall region of space for eons. A region of space now occupied and claimed by the upstart Kobani. Outnumbered, they face an opponent who possesses new and deadly weapons. An enemy that […]
FELLOW OZIANS! It's true, the Wicked Witch of West, nella forma di Alexia 'Psychonefandezza' Khadime, is dead!
Minchia, il cast change piu' sofferto della storia. Solo per Dianne avremmo potuto sopportare uno show del genere..
Ma non corriamo. Prima dell'arrivo degli Scoobies io, la Moglie e la YellowBadIdeaBear ci siamo fatti una gitarella fuori porta nella ridente (pe' modo de di'..) Bromley, per sciacquarci le orecchie dalle nefandezze di Love Never Dies (qui ribattezzato Paint Never Dries, perche' guardare quello show e' come guardare la vernice che asciuga..) con un Lloyd Webber d'annata:
EVITA UK TOUR (25.03.10) Ahhhh, ci voleva. Stesso tour che abbiamo visto a Cambridge, ma senza Woodsie. 'Che' nemmeno paragonabile a Matt 'Paraculo' Rowle, ma onesto e voce solida, Peron era lo stesso di maggio scorso (lol, aggiungerei, ormai va in giro con la casa sulle spalle, come un paguro bernardo, questo e' un anno che non torna a casa sua?), e la Eva, certa Abigail Jaye, ha una faccia strana ma una voce invidiabile, e si e' fatta gli ultimi 15 minuti a piangere come 'na disperata, diciamo da You Must Love Me fino alla fine, sempre cantando. Li mortacci. Mi ha fatto passare lo shock di realizzare che Buenos Aires e' in playback. E, mi si dice dalla regia, che in tour e' sempre in playback. WHUT. No seriously, WTF?? MA COME E' IN PLAYBACK!? *e' ancora allibita* Comunque ci voleva. *Evita = delizioso magone allo stomaco*
And now, for something completely different, parliamo dell'orrore Khadime:
WICKED CAST CHANGE (27.03.10) E meno male che non siamo andati alla matinee! DUE PALLE COSI'. Come cazzo fai a cantare di naso, di petto e a tentare di riffare nella stessa frase? E' chiaro che ti incarti. Povera idiota. Va in giro dicendo che ha otto ottave di estensione vocale. Glielo devono spiegare che tentare di usarle tutte nella stessa frase non e' proprio consigliabile, se non vuoi che i tuoi spettatori si scompiscino dalle risate ogni volta che apri bocca, come e' successo a noi. Vi giuro, come diceva Valex, l'intera fila stava tremando perche' noi 5 stavamo praticamente in lacrime a forza di ridere. Un psst psst internettiano (e un applauso/boato all'intervallo) ci fanno capire che c'e' Kerry negli stalls, bella de casa.. Dunque. La povera Dianne ha dato il 120%, ma da sola non basta a farci stare seri, quando la protagonista e' sul palco in preda a crisi isteriche per 3 ore. Senza motivazione alcuna. Sembrerebbe che a drama school, alla signorina Khadime sia stato detto che per dare carattere al personaggio la devi fare schizzata, isterica, antipatica e soprattutto buttare note a caso, aprire bocca e sperare per il meglio. Dopo Defying Gravity abbiamo avuto bisogno di 10 minuti per riprenderci dall'ilarita' generata dalla peggior Elphaba ever. (meno male che si e' fatta praticamente due show a settimana per mesi, costringendo Ashleigh a stare sempre on. Ash si sara' sfrantecata i maroni, ma almeno abbiamo salvato un sacco di povere orecchie di innocenti theatregoers..) Prima e ultima volta anche per la Nessa, che non faceva schifo, ma anche sti cazzi..Dimenticabile, se non fosse per la sedia che non e' partita durante l'incantesimo, che e' stato un bel momento WTF.. Oli, il nostro caro bambacione ci lascia con un ultimo riff ferma-show durante ALAYM, a livello di isteria estrogena collettiva. Ma a noi piace ricordarlo cosi', vestito da Triste Mietitore ad Hallowe'en, o con la maglietta di Superman a farsi le foto imbambolato ed espressivo come una sagoma cartonata.. Mega discorsone di Ernie alla fine (ci sono voluti tipo 20 minuti per dire addio ai 27 che mollavano..), con i mazzi di fiori giganti, una menzione speciale alla sua BFF Ashleigh (in vestito da gala mozzafiato), abbracci, baci e una parola gentile per tutti gli altri, e la voce che si spezza alla fine mentre dice grazie, grazie a tutti..Awww, Ernie..*tanti cuoricini anche ad Ernie, che rimane sola mentre gli altri se ne vanno..awww <3 <3 <3* Insomma, sopravvissuti per miracolo (sara' anche che, tra noi 7, avremmo avuto si e no 6 ore di sonno cumulative, la notte prima..), breve e intensa stage door, Dianne andava come un razzo ma l'importante e' che ci abbia visto e abbia salutato il suo grande amore, Marky (lol). E' sempre tanto caruccia con noi, bless her.. E ora appuntamento al Criterion tra un mesetto, dove continuera' la loro storia avversa dal destino e dalle stelle.. *noi shippiamo Marky/Dianne..che verrebbe tipo Maianne? Darky? OMG DARKY VINCE*
LEGALLY BLONDE (28.03.10) Avevamo prenotato il giorno prima che Sheridan ci confermasse le sue vacanze, quindi siamo andati allo show vagamente elettrizati dall'idea di vedere Amy come Elle. La ragazza e' perfetta, forse troppo. Si e' tenuta un po', forse perche' non voleva strafare..Buona voce, buona recitazione, personalita' pochina, guardaroba da rifare di sana pianta (non le stava bene praticamente niente, i vestiti sembravano copie dell'originale che un cosplayer farebbe a casa con la Singer, imbarazzante soprattutto il suit 'navy is my new pink', ora diventato nero con le righe rosse, e il vestito del processo, sformato e con una cravatta da uomo a mo' di cintura...), coreografie ogni tanto inventate dal niente (si sara' scordata cosa doveva fare? Ha voluto fare la creativa? Si e' messa a pensare alla lista della spesa e si e' distratta?) Tutti gli altri in gran forma, tutti bumpati up di uno (Amy al posto di Sheridan, quindi Emma come Margot al posto di Amy, Lucy come Stenographer al posto di Emma, e YAY Jane al posto di Tamara come Delta Nu/Avvocato dell'accusa) Piccolo disastro tecnico, Amy ha tenuto la bottiglia dello 'shampoo due in uno' a testa in giu', che giustamente si e' aperto colando GarnierLOrealdeParis su tutto il palco. Brava tontolona. Abbiamo fatto una proper stagedoor, ma di quelle dei bei vecchi tempi, in cui sbrodi complimenti su tutti, loro ti danno la risposta standard, e chiedi la foto con fare imbarazzato come a dire 'sai, io di solito non faccio queste cose, scusa eh?'. *false come Giuda* Manu ha placcato Amy per darle una iniezione di self confidence (a cui Amy ha risposto con un "Awww, thank you!') Valex e Marky hanno placcato Alex (e lui ha risposto, indovinate un po'? 'Awwww, thank you!'), in gruppo abbiamo agguantato Caroline, che ha protestato al grido 'OMG, struccata e con le buste della spesa NOOOOO!', noi: 'ma nooo, sei bellissima' e lei? 'Awwwww, thank you..' *rolleyes*, e per non farci mancare niente abbiamo fermato anche una a dir poco luminosa Susan (che ha squadrato Mark, ha sorriso dolce dolce e gli ha detto 'ti ho visto in seconda fila, che avevi il papillon!' LOL megagalattico, adesso Marky ci andra' anche a dormire, con quel papillon..) e, ATTENZIONE ATTENZIONE, anche Aoife! Che era una gnocca pazzesca. Ah, si. E lo dico senza vergogna. Una gnocca. Sisi. Cuoricini sparsi, a Aoife <3 <3 <3. Le abbiamo detto quanto ci piace e lei? All together now: 'Awwww, thank you!' Io e Manu ci siamo fatti un 15 minuti di chiacchiera con Jane, che e' scozzese, friendly e praticamente la conosciamo da 4 anni senza averci mai parlato (era compagna di stanza di Fem, e' stata in tutti i tour in cui c'era Simon e in praticamente qualunque show abbiamo visto negli ultimi 3 anni..), e alla fine mi fa 'ma aggiungimi su Feisbuc!' ...ma se praticamente ti sto parlando adesso per la prima volta? Arrivata a casa l'ho aggiunta e lei mi ha aggiunta back nel giro di TRENTA SECONDI. Loser. Lol.
OLIVER! (29.03.10) E ora bambini, parliamo di Kerry a Oliver! (con il punto esclamativo, mi raccomando..) Ci perdiamo il nuovo cast a Wicked, ma la balda Valex e la balda YB vanno al nostro posto come rappresentanza Scoobie, un altro gruppo occupa il territorio Sister Act (Marky deve salutare Katie), e BhMh va di nuovo a Blonde per coprire tutte le basi. Sembra che stamo a gioca' a Risiko. Come moccioso abbiamo avuto Gwion, che ha tentato di tutto per non parlare gallese, dio lo benedica.. Kerry. OH, KERRY. Ci mancava solo Kerry con le tette strizzate nel corsetto, e adesso stiamo appppposto. Non so che accento stesse tentando di fare, ma diciamo che non e' proprio la piu' chav dei chav, nemmeno se si impegna (mi domando che cazzo faceva a My Fair Lady..oibo'..) Sono ancora freakata out dalla parrucca marroncina ricciolina, e' stato un sollievo vederla alla stage door con la bionda chioma fluente..<3 ammmore della casa, che bellina che e', anche con le braccia sporche di fuligine e il vestito lercio.. E' inutile che sto qui a dire quanto e' ciccia Kerry coi bambini in scena, quasi quasi li odio perche' se li e' stretti tutti al petto, maledetti mocciosi.. Ed e' inutile e superfluo che vi stia qui a dire che ha fatto una As Long As He Needs Me (piu' Reprise) da spianare i muri.. E poi, come dice Baz, muore. Ma muore con una grazia deliziosa...*is biased and shamelessly so* Quando la stage door sara' piu' calma e Kerry sara' di nuovo avvicinabile (perche' adesso come adesso avvicinarla significa rischiare la vita, con tutte le fangirl infoiate..) dovro' chiederle se si mette le ginocchiere, perche' l'amabile Bill Sykes la sbatte a faccia avanti due o tre volte, e non voglio che si rovini le belle rotuline, senno' poi st'estate come facciamo quando facciamo il mega picnic con il Queen Symphonic? (a proposito Valex, preparati gia' la valigia che si rifa' st'anno, ghghghghgh..) Due file dietro di me, The Hairy King of Rock, Mr Brian May, che figurati se si perdere una prima di Kerry *rolleyes*, e meno male, perche' se ce l'avevamo seduto davanti non vedevamo un cazzo. Alla fine standing ovation come un sol uomo quando e' uscita al curtain call, il Drury Lane era pieno di fangirls in ogni ordine di posti..Tanto, tanto amore per Kerry, ma proprio tanto. Comunque pensavo non avrei retto, e invece mi sento di affermare che posso sopportare di rivederlo (anche perche' andiamo tipo tra 20 giorni..) senza mettermi a ronfare a meta' show..
WICKED (30.03.10) E per finire in bellezza, Laura e le sue amiche, in camping forzato sui gradini del Victoria, ci offrono di prenderci due biglietti, e chi siamo noi per rifiutare? Prima di tutto, OMG erano tipo due anni che non sedevo in prima fila centrarle, quasi al mio posto! Il 23, invece che il 24, ma siamo li. WHOA. Weird all'ennesima potenza. I sedili sono sempre stati cosi' scomodi? La chitarra elettrica si e' sempre sentita cosi' forte? C'e' sempre stato l'usher impalato a stage left? Secondo di tutto: SANTAMADONNAVERGINE. ONAFUCKINGRAFTCHEPAGAIACONFORZA. Tucker. TUCKER. TUCKERRRRR che cosa non ti farei.. E poi e' tanto pretty tutta verde...<3 (lasciamo perdere l'accento, secondo me e' meglio se rinuncia e fa direttamente Elphaba nordirlandese..XD sai che tajo?) Il Gelphie is back, signori e signore, Louise Dearman e Rachel Tucker hanno una chemistry pazzesca, ma devo dire che Tucker ha chemistry anche con le scimmie volanti.. Si rimbalzano bene, si vede che si divertono a lavorare insieme, sono molto affiatate, soprattutto durante WITF (Tucker FTW) e Popular (lol a Louise che per scendere dal letto scavalca Rachel calpestandola come un elefante), ma anche For Good e' stata ottima, non me l'aspettavo soprattutto al loro secondo show ever. Louise ha una voce della madonna. Spazza via qualunque Glinda mai apparsa a Londra finora. Perfetta, in controllo, va da belt a soprano senza il minimo sforzo e non so, a un modo di cantare diverso, preciso, pieno, come se si sentisse meglio, come se avessero pulito le casse degli altoparlanti. Cristallina. Il suo toss-toss ha una risata aggiunta alla fine che non aveva mai fatto nessuno, ma funziona bene per ora, soprattutto in Popular. Sperando che non strafaccia piu' in la' come tendono a fare tutti.. Ma torniamo a Tucker. (non LA Tucker, solo Tucker. Perche' she's THAT cool..) Tucker ha persino un pochino di chemistry con Lewis, che e' un bambacione biondastro secco come un fuscello e la personalita' di un bradipo stanco (scommetto che con Lee fara' scintille, ghghgh, shippo gia' da ora..). Rachel bacia benissimo, e ad ALAYM gli ha stampato un bacio vero e proprio, non quella solita pressione di labbra serrate che si (intra)vede di solito in quella nebbiolina gelata sul quel palco (maledetta macchina per il fumo, coff coff), lasciandogli la bocca e la punta del naso coperta di verde. Mega LOL. Rachel + Cassie PrettyPretty. Oh, CASSANDRINA. Quanto sei pretty? E quanto sei fierce? PrimoAtto!Nessa dolcissima e affiatata con la sorellona, tenerine tutte e due..SecondoAtto!Nessa incazzata e feroce come 'na iena a digiuno. Madonna che bella. Con quelle labbra quando dice le L, che mi distrae sempre un sacco, e quella voce purissima che le esce senza sforzo alcuno..*happysigh* Rachel + Dr Dillamond = AMO. Dillamond e' diverso da tutti gli altri Dillamond, lo fa serio e paterno e senza difetti di pronuncia (tranne per la Ga Di Galinda, ovviamente..), e mentre spiega in classe Tucker lo guarda rapita e con un megasorriso stampato in faccia mentre prende appunti. Tucker primo atto e' adorabile all'ennesima potenza, si tormenta le mani, guarda tutti dritto negli occhi senza paura e sorride timida quando cominciano a craccare il suo guscio esterno, recita a mille ogni singolo minuto..AMO AMO AMO. Tucker secondo atto e' piu' tormentata che arrabbiata. E' sola, e' stanca, e' triste. La sua NGD e' disperata, dritta dallo stomaco. LOL, ha detto alla stage door che era rimasta senza fiato e per questo ha tipo barcollato ad un certo punto, ma era talmente ben costruito che sembrava totalmente pianificato. E non perde mai il controllo della voce, nonostante la nota finale, i fari sparati in faccia, e tutti che guardano solo te perche' durante NGD c'e' solo Elphaba sul palco, non e' che li puoi distrarre, e se sai che ti sta per finire il fiato..minchia. Dev'essere terrorizzante. Eppure? Dritta come un treno, solida e costante, nota finale da urlo e pubblico in delirio. Cosi' si fa, Alexia del caxxo. Prendi appunti, che poi ti interrogo. La Morrible e' allampanata, sembra un po' un corvo, anche lei con la sua bella parrucca nuova, ed e' abbastanza scary... Mia piccola ovazione personale: nuove parrucche, eeeeeeee!!! Riccioli perfetti per Glinda, scintillanti onde corvine per Elphie, persino Mamma Thropp ha una perfetta parrucca rosso fuoco perfettamente in ordine. Lo so, e' una cazzata e dureranno poco, ma mi esalto. E' una nuova era per Wicked, in tutti i sensi, anche al reparto Wigs. Yay.
E mentre eravamo li' a cazzeggiare durante l'intervallo, l'orchestra improvvisava riff rock e noi ce la scialavamo alla grande sorridendo beate, Manu torna dal bagno e mi dice che c'e' Twinnie Lee, l'ha incrociata al bagno e si sono salutate. E infatti, eccola, coi capelli solito Rosso Improbabile, e una maglietta a righine molto nautica, si aggira parlando al telefono. OMG. Non la vedevo da Maggio..
E quindi si, sono troppo su di giri perche' ho riavuto indietro il mio Wicked. Quasi mi commuovo. E tutte le fangirls che adesso odieranno questo cast? Haters to the left, thank you very much. Sparite dall'Apollo Vic e non tornare mai piu', perche' se c'e' un dio Alexia non verra' castata mai piu' in niente e questo show rimarra' intonso il piu' a lungo possibile.
Peccato solo che la Scoobie week sia gia' finita. Tutti a casa, e noi sole solette, a tornare all'ingrato lavoro. Stanotte ho dormito 3 ore. Non mangio niente da ieri sera, a parte due caffe'. Con la testa ho un ritornello che fa 'devoandareaWicked, devoandareaBlonde, OMGKerryKerryKerry' e non riesco a spegnermi, sto gia' col pensiero alla prossima Scoobievacanza, alla prossima theatre week, alla prossima..
Mile High Card Company’s consignor deadline will be at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago July 26th – 30th, and one lucky consignor will be getting an added bonus; a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA AUTHENTIC. For each $500 of value consigned to the September MHCC auction, you’ll earn one ticket for the drawing. […]
Luego de revelar afiches de Lee Hyori y de su esposo Lee Sang Soon, “Hyori’s Homestay” ahora ha compartido nuevos afiches junto a IU. La imagen muestra al trío sentado en frente de la casa en Jeju con sonrisas brillantes dando la bienvenida, rodeados de las mascotas de Lee Hyori y Lee Sang Soon. IU aparecerá como personal […]
casting nature in the role of machinery, the notion of Intelligent Design (ID) shows itself to be an
anthropomorphizing tool. The designer-artifact lens through which IDers
see nature projects onto nature the general shape of the human-artifact
relationship. ID anthropomorphizes the supernatural, by making deity out
to be a kind of super tinkerer, thereby, I suppose, filling theists
with a feeling of familiarity with the divine, even if the tinkerer
lacks eyes, hands, etc.
And . . .
casting physical nature in the role of de-novo miracle, science shows
itself to be a religious tool. The occurred-by-fiat lens through which
scientists see natural law projects onto nature the general shape of the
human-deity relationship. Science sanctifies the natural, by making
physical laws out to be a kind of super miracle, thereby, I suppose,
filling atheists with a feeling of familiarity with the divine, even if
nature lacks mind, soul, etc.
The ACLU sues South Dakota over the forced drug testing of a toddler, Detroit residents again sue the dope squad for killing dogs in pot raids, Pennsylvania's governor signs an asset forfeiture reform bill, and more.
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EPA Rejects California's Request to Recognize Allowable Marijuana Pesticides. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt last week rejected the state's request to recognize acceptable pesticides for pot crops. Pruitt used the fact of marijuana's continuing illegality under federal law to justify the decision: "Under federal law, cultivation (along with sale and use) of cannabis is generally unlawful as a schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The EPA finds that the general illegality of cannabis cultivation makes pesticide use on cannabis a fundamentally different use pattern."
Pennsylvania Health Department Issues Dispensary Permits. The Health Department announced Thursday it had granted 27 medical marijuana dispensary permits. Each permit holder can open up to three dispensaries. They will be permitted to begin selling medical marijuana in six months. Click on the link for a list of permit recipients.
Pennsylvania Governor Signs Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed into law Senate Bill 8 on Thursday. The bill does not end civil asset forfeiture, but does impose a higher burden of proof on law enforcement before forfeitures can take place, mandate a hearing before any seized real property is forfeited, and add protections for third-party property owners.
South Dakota Sued Over Forced Catherization of 3-Year-Old for Drug Test. The ACLU of South Dakota has filed a pair of lawsuits over the forced use of a catheter to take a urine sample from a three-year-boy to test for drugs as part of a child welfare investigation. The suit comes in the case of a Pierre woman whose boyfriend violated probation by testing positive for illegal drugs. Child protective workers then told the women her children would be taken away if she did not submit them to a drug test. The federal lawsuit names as defendants the state of South Dakota and the hospital whose employees actually performed the procedure.
Detroit's Dog Killing Drug Cops Sued for Third Time. A Detroit couple has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Detroit Police alleging officers needlessly and maliciously killed their three dogs during a July 2016 marijuana raid after officers refused to let them retrieve the animals from the back yard. That brings to three the number of active lawsuits filed against Detroit cops for killing dogs during pot raids. The culprit is the department's Major Violators Unit, which conducts hundreds of raids a year in the city, and which has left a trail of dead dogs in its wake. One officer alone has killed 69 dogs.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules County DAs Can't Form Their Own Dope Squads. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday the county prosecutors cannot form their own policing units to conduct drug interdiction efforts, including traffic stops. The ruling came in a case involving the State Attorney's Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Unit created by the LaSalle County district attorney. The unit operated for five years, mainly stopping cars on their way to and from Chicago. Previously, state appeals courts had ruled that the units were an overreach of prosecutorial authority, and now the state's highest court has backed them up.
This is a magical fantasy world where epic heroes fight in a war to defend the kingdom with top strategy and a rush of inspiration. Battle with Death Knights and fight alongside with knights, dragons, wizard, ice queen, and other ancient gods in the adventure field!
The forces of evil amass. Why do they march? Where is their home? No one knows. The prophets' vision is cloudy. The geomancers see little in their maps. Everyone else? They flee. The Allied Kingdoms struggle to survive. Life and all its purpose has no meaning to these fiends. Fields rot. Woods burn. The common folk suffer. Devastation is happening! The Allied Kingdoms have one choice: defend, defend, defend. Are you ready?
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I just got done looking at the IBM SameTime 7.5 and the Microsoft Communicator 2007 Betas and am a bit disappointed that neither company has taken advantage of what I see as a big opportunity.
Simply put there is NO difference between e-mail and instant messaging and the first company to realize that is in line to change the model. If you think there is a major difference, ask yourself why e-mail is so easily completely replaced with instant messaging for the younger generation.
There are a couple of boundary functions that each has that has always kept them seperate. E-Mail has always had the asynchronous capabilities along with the archival management (folders, sent, backup, auditing, etc...). IM on the other hand has always had the more real-time aspects of communication such as the ability to transition into a many to many chat instead of those fun back to back e-mail thread you can never follow. IM has also always had precence but we have seen that slipping into all e-mail products out there now, even the web based ones.
There are other differences also but they are at a lower level (e.g. in e-mail you don't need any prior relationship with the user to send them a message but in instant messaging you typically need to be able to discover their contact information prior to sending a message). The ironic thing though is that most instant messaging architectures, or at least any one that has the ability to be federated, is not truely instant. It is a store and forward mechanism much like e-mail anyway.
As for the UI I think it ends up being a mix between the two. I like the lite interface of IM with just my contacts and the list of messages at the bottom. However, I now get about 150-200 im's a day (direct replacement of e-mail) so I could really use an Inbox with some sorting capability.
E-Mail as we know it today will be dead in the next 7-10 years (btw you will find in my blog I will be assertive and I will take any $.07 bet out there ;-)). Users will have either completely switched over to an IM platform because they want a more contextual/less spammish environment or IM will be tossed because it never grew up to include the things like archival, backup and auditing that any kind of Enterprise communication infrastructure needs. I don't think this opens up the messaging market but I do think it will tilt the market either to IBM or Microsoft...whichever gets it first.
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The 64th Sydney Film Festival tonight awarded On Body and Soul, directed by Ildikó Enyedi, the prestigious 10th anniversary Sydney Film Prize, out of a selection of 12 Official Competition films.
The $60,000 cash prize for 'audacious, cutting-edge and courageous' film was awarded to Enyedi at the Festival’s Closing Night Gala awards ceremony and event at the State Theatre, ahead of the Australian premiere screening of Bong Joon-ho's Okja.
Accepting the award, Enyedi said, “It was such an amazingly strong competition. It’s marvellous that such a film can move so many people, it gives me so much hope in cinema and in human communication.”
Sydney filmmakers Sascha Ettinger Epstein and Claire Haywood were awarded the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary’s $10,000 cash prize for The Pink House, about the last brothel in old mining town Kalgoorlie.
The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films saw the $7000 cash prize for the Dendy Live Action Short Award going to Adele, directed by Mirene Igwabi. Sunday Emerson Gullifer was Highly Commended for her short film Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. And Daniel Agdag's animation Lost Property Office took out both the $7000 Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director and the $5000 Yoram Gross Animation Award.
The Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award, a $5,000 prize for the best short screenwriting, was awarded to Michael Cusack, the writer and director of stop motion animation After All. And the writers of Screenability short film The Milky Pop Kid, Johanna Garvin and Emily Dash, were Highly Commended.
The $10,000 Sydney-UNESCO City of Film Award, bestowed by Create NSW to a trail-blazing NSW-based screen practitioner, went to Indigenous Australian actor, director and writer Leah Purcell.
Chris Freeland announced he will step down as Sydney Film Festival Chair while remaining on the Board. Freeland, a Partner of Baker McKenzie and a member of its Asia Pacific Regional Council, chaired the organisation for eight years. He led an era of expansion as well as industry and public popularity, seeing attendances almost double.
Festival Board Director Deanne Weir was welcomed to the position of Chair. Weir has over 25 years’ experience in media and communications and is Foxtel’s Managing Director, Content Aggregation and Wholesale. She is also a renowned television producer and philanthropist whose passion is to support the advancement of women in the community.
Sydney Film Festival CEO Leigh Small said, “This year again, the Festival exceeded previous attendance figures – a continuing ten-year trend. There was an average of 72% capacity across all sessions with almost 185,000 attendances. This result marks a fitting end to Chris Freeland’s eight year tenure during which the number of people attending the Sydney Film Festival almost doubled.”
Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley said: “2017 has been a significant year for film and filmmakers. As the world looks for ways to understand and interpret the momentous events and challenges facing humanity, filmmakers across the globe have risen to the challenge.
“From refugees and the horrors of war, to the state of the world’s oceans, this program of films - screened to Australian audiences for the first time at the 64th Sydney Film Festival - has provided an opportunity to debate and discuss some of the most pressing and contentious issues of our time.
“With a spotlight on questions of equality in race, sexuality, wealth, accessibility, and many other global conversations, these 12 days have provided a wealth of stories from diverse viewpoints and a moment in time to take stock of who, what and where we are today.
“I congratulate all the winners and all of the finalists, as well as the hundreds of filmmakers who have joined us at the Festival to present their ideas and opinions in films, talks and discussions,” he said.
THE SYDNEY FILM PRIZE
On awarding the Sydney Film Prize to Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul, Jury President Margaret Pomeranz said:
"Over the past 12 days we’ve experienced a most extraordinary cinematic journey curated by Sydney Film Festival.
"We’ve seen films about women struggling to find a space for themselves in a world that seems to want to keep them in their place; there have been films about transgressions, from youthful murder to child abuse.
"We’ve seen films about the many faces of sexual desire; we’ve been invited into worlds of wonder we have never experienced and we’ve been exposed to the ugly side of ourselves, through racism, poverty, cruelty and displacement. And we’ve also been invited into the world of human compassion.
"And that element of compassion is very present in the film we’ve chosen to award the Sydney Film Prize. It’s a film that shows us that even in this divided world we are capable of sharing the same dreams, that amongst the ugliness of a slaughterhouse, kindness, gentleness can be found," she said.
"So the Sydney Film Prize goes to the graceful, measured and ever so compassionate On Body and Soul from Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi."
Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, On Body and Soul is Enyedi’s visually ravishing return to filmmaking after an 18-year break. The film is about the unconventional romance between two co-workers who discover that each night they have exactly the same dreams.
The Festival jury was comprised of Australian film critic Margaret Pomeranz, critically acclaimed Nepali director Deepak Rauniyar, former senior film executive of South Korean powerhouse CJ Entertainment Kini Kim, independent Asian-Canadian animator Ann Marie Fleming, and Australian film producer Rosemary Blight of smash-hit The Sapphires and acclaimed television series Cleverman.
Previous winners include: Aquarius (2016), Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).
The competition is endorsed by FIAPF, the regulating body for international film festivals, and is judged by a jury of five international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals.
The selection of films in Competition for the SFF 2017 Sydney Film Prize are listed HERE.
THE DOCUMENTARY AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION AWARD FOR AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY
The Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary was awarded to The Pink House from filmmakers Sascha Ettinger Epstein and Claire Haywood. The Jury comprising award-winning Asian-American filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation Dr Mitzi Goldman and Australian based Iranian filmmaker Amin Palangi in a joint statement said:
"Amongst ten noteworthy films, one film enthralled us with its blend of nuanced characters and narrative depth.
“In classic cinema verite fashion, the filmmaker introduces us to two singular women who give her unfettered access to their constantly changing lives, revealing a profound trust between filmmaker and subject that renders this film deeply personal and intimate.
“Through the unflinching gaze of her lens, this filmmaker immerses us in a world that, in less disciplined hands, could very well have been voyeuristic. Instead we are treated to a film that is handled with affection and grace.”
“We the Jury give the Australian documentary prize to Sasha Ettinger Epstein and Claire Haywood for The Pink House.”
2017 marks the fourth year the prize has been supported by the Foundation.
Previous winners include: In the Shadow of the Hill (2016); Only the Dead (2015); 35 Letters (2014); Buckskin (2013); Killing Anna (2012); Life in Movement (2011); and The Snowman (2010). In 2009 the inaugural prize was shared between Contact and A Good Man, and each film received a $10,000 cash prize.
The 10 finalists for the 2017 Sydney Film Festival Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary are listed HERE.
THE DENDY AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILMS
The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films were awarded to Mirene Igwabi for Adele (Dendy Live Action Short Award), Sunday Emerson Gullifer for Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow (Highly Commended), and Daniel Agdag for Lost Property Office (Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director and Yoram Gross Animation Award). The Jury comprised Canadian filmmaker Kirsten Carthew, former Vice President of Paramount Pictures Mike Selwyn, and Australian film producer Kath Shelper. In a joint statement, the Jury said:
"This year’s Jury was particularly excited by the exceptional talent that continues to emerge from Australia’s animation sector.
“We were captivated by the original and diverse stories and variety of animation techniques presented in both the Dendy Awards and in the rest of the Festival.
“Lost Property Office stood out for its direction, storytelling and exquisite visuals that could only have been realised through animation, which was the perfect choice of medium to tell this story.”
The Festival’s short-film competition is now in the 48th year; and has been sponsored by Dendy Cinemas for 29 years. Winners of the Best Live Action Short Film award and the Yoram Gross Animation award, sponsored by Yoram Gross Films, are Academy Award-eligible, opening new pathways for many Australian filmmakers.
These ground-breaking awards have kick-started the careers of many prominent filmmakers, with past competitors Warwick Thornton, Ariel Kleiman, Cate Shortland, Jane Campion, Phillip Noyce and Ivan Sen among Dendy Awards alumni.
The 10 finalists for the 2017 Dendy Award for Australian Short Film are listed HERE.
EVENT CINEMAS AUSTRALIAN SHORT SCREENPLAY AWARD
A jury comprising Canadian filmmaker Kirsten Carthew, former Vice President of Paramount Pictures Mike Selwyn, and Australian film producer Kath Shelper awarded the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award to Michael Cusack, the writer and director of stop motion animation After All. Highly Commended the writers of Screenability short film The Milky Pop Kid, Johanna Garvin and Emily Dash.
Sponsored by Event Cinemas, Anthony Kierann, Area General Manager, Event Cinemas said:
“Event Cinemas is proud to once again sponsor The Event Cinema’s Australian Short Screenplay award. Events acknowledges and supports the idea, concept and vision of a short film as penned by the writers in this exciting category.
“To be able to participate and support an outstanding written script by an Australian at this iconic film festival, we hope to encourage and support the writer towards inspiring development and achievements in the film landscape. We applaud all the short films within the category as stand out short films from the writers.”
The Australian short films eligible for the 2017 Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award are listed HERE.
Winners of all Sydney Film Festival awards are presented with the Festival’s signature mesmeric swirl award, designed and handmade in Sydney by Festival partners Dinosaur Designs.
The UNESCO Sydney City Of Film Award
The $10,000 Sydney-UNESCO City of Film Award, bestowed by Create NSW to a trail-blazing NSW-based screen practitioner, went to Indigenous Australian actor, director and writer Leah Purcell.
ABOUT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
From Wednesday 7 June to Sunday 18 June 2017, the 64th Sydney Film Festival offers Sydneysiders another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, red-carpet openings, in-depth discussions, international guests and more.
Sydney Film Festival also presents an Official Competition of 12 films that vie for the Sydney Film Prize, a highly respected honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals. Previous Sydney Film Prize winners: Aquarius (2016); Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).
The Festival takes place across Greater Sydney: at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Skyline Drive-In Blacktown, Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Randwick Ritz, Casula Powerhouse, the Festival Hub at Sydney Town Hall and SFF Outdoor Screen in Pitt Street Mall.
The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit: www.sff.org.au.
The 64th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW and Destination NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney. The Festival’s Strategic Partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.
We haven't heard much from the Sooze lately. Maybe her "You're Approved" program lost its appeal (EDIT: It was cancelled, and the successor program is in limbo - and controversial, apparenty). Whatever the reason, she's apparently decided to go back to her roots and offer some common-sense advice. Maybe it's because so many financial advisors now these days are encouraging self-indulgence that going against the flow would get her some attention get her back in the Press.
Whatever the reason, it's time to give the Sooze a big hug (at arm's length, with one hand on our wallet, just to be safe) because she's saying something rational for a change, even if she is attempting to personally profit from it. In a recent CNBC article, she counsels people to spend less money on convenience transactions and points out that these little indulgences cost little by themselves, but over time they add up to an awful lot of money missing from your bottom line.
Whether is getting takeout food instead of preparing your own meals, or stopping off at Starbucks for a three-dollar coffee, or at leasing a car instead of buying one and taking care of it, the incremental cost of these conveniences can really break the budget of a middle-class person.
I get a lot of flack from people who defend this type of behavior. They don't believe that not indulging yourself in tiny little luxuries will make a big difference in your life. After all it's only a dollar here, two dollars there, ten dollars here, or a hundred dollars there. How could that add up to a million dollars over time?
This also plays into the mentality that if you can't be a billionaire in 10 seconds or less, why bother trying? You might as well just spend all your money to entertain yourself and wallow in self-pity. And to some extent we all do this, it is a part of human nature.
But having been at both ends of this transaction, I can see how it plays out over time. When I was very young, I squandered a lot of money on self indulgence and it was pretty stupid. I did manage to save some money, and over period of thirty years this morphed into a sizable retirement nest egg. My only regret is not cutting back even just slightly on my self-indulgence in my earlier years and put more money aside, is it would have meant how much larger nest egg at this point in my life - not to mention the option of retiring even earlier.
And we're not talking about extreme sacrifices either. I get emails from people saying "I don't want to eat ramen noodles to rest of my life" or some such thing. For some reason, raman noodles get picked on a lot by people who wanted to disavow any kind of frugal lifestyle. I'm not sure why they pick on ramen noodles. They probably are not good for you - very high in carbohydrates, and also that powdery flavoring packet that comes with it is usually loaded with salt and MSG.
That is the nature of the "logic" that people use. It's either caviar or ramen noodles and there's nothing in-between in their mind. You either go out and have a good time or you live like a monk. There's nothing between these two extremes. And of course, we call this a straw man argument. You set up a straw man and then you knock him down which is easy to do because he's made of straw.
But the reality is, if you just cut back by a little bit, you can save an awful lot. For example if you go out to lunch several times a week at work, consider brown-bagging it for one of those days. The amount of money you save might not be a lot - maybe five to ten dollars or so, but over time, it is going to add up to a significant amount in your retirement account. When you get comfortable this, think about maybe brown-bagging it two days a week and so forth. You might also find ancillary benefits in that going out to lunch with your co-workers can being emotional drag and also make you look like a slacker to your superiors - as usually these lunches extend for more than an hour.
Or take leasing. Many young people are lured into leasing a car because the monthly cost is lower. However the overall transaction cost is far higher, something most people realize when they try to turn the car in at the end of the lease and are socked with a lot of back-end charges. All cars are used cars the moment you buy them. So why not consider buying a two- to three-year-old car that is off-lease that some other idiot paid all the depreciation on and drive that instead?
A two- to three-year-old car looks just like a new car. I remember when I was at the Patent Office I bought a second-hand Camry from Avis. I'm not necessarily recommending you buy a used rental car, but for me it was so much cheaper deal than a brand new car. And all of my neighbors thought I had a brand new car, so if you're looking for bragging rights there really is no difference. And realize that usually buying a new car is nothing more than bragging rights. Just get over that and acknowledge your own human frailty - we all have the same problem.
But getting back to the Sooze, maybe this is a dawn of a new era from Ms. Orman. Maybe from now on she'll start offering practical advice instead of going on television and telling people they're "approved" to buy things. Quite frankly she lost me when she started going down that road. She went from offering frugal advice to saying "you're approved" to buy a Sea Ray boat or a Buick car, after those companies sponsored her and paid her to endorse the products.
On the one hand, I don't blame her for going after the money, as we all need to make a living in this world and it's very hard to avoid the temptation of being corrupted by commercial influences. We live in a capitalist society and you have to exploit your opportunities when they arise.
Corporate sponsorships can be a double-edged sword, as perhaps she is finding out. Many people come including myself, criticized her for taking all these sponsorship deals as well as her "You're Approved!" television show as cheapening her overall message and reputation.
Sadly, it seems that most people just don't get this, or at least the television people think that we don't get it. The shouting guy on the financial Channel still screams buy and sell for various sketchy stock deals which usually end up being a raw deal for the small investor. The other Financial channels just hype the stock price and never talk about anything else such as profitability, P/E ratios, and least of all, dividends. You would think from watching television that the only thing that matters about a company is its market cap. The reality is of course, that market cap really needs nothing and if you were using that as a metric for evaluating a company, you have a broken compass.
So here's to the "new" Suze Orman. Let's hope she is going back on track to her old advice and echewing the corruption of our secular world. And hopefully, maybe she'll find an audience for this good advice. But I would not pay $54 for it.
But given the feedback I've received from some readers, I think that she would be better off telling people what their approved for, is that seems to be when people like. No one wants to hear hard truths - that's not marketable!
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Although this forum may seem dead, perhaps someone can enlighten me about the prospect of making a one-time trip from Dublin/Pleasanton to SFO. I would need to secure handicap parking sometime around 3:00 to 3:30 PM and return back later that evening around 8:00 PM. The handicap is not severe but involves limited walking. Just wondering if things start to clear out by that time in the afternoon. Anyone?
Chairwoman Kristina Roegner (R-37) has announced that the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee will be hearing testimony on two self-defense bills on Wednesday, July 5 at 1:00p.m. in Room 115.
The committee will be hearing testimony on HB 142 (Repeal LEO notification). House Bill 142 seeks to repeal requirements that, when detained for a law-enforcement purpose, a concealed carry licensee must "promptly inform" an approaching law enforcement officer that the licensee is a licensee and is carrying a concealed handgun. In 2015, a study by ConcealedNation.org revealed that Ohio was in a vast minority of states that makes such a requirement of concealed handgun license-holders. This will be the fourth hearing for this important legislation, and the chair has indicated that possible amendments may be offered before a possible vote.
The committee will also be considering proponent testimony on HB 233 (DEFEND Act), a bill which seeks to decriminalize so-called “no-guns" victim zones for concealed handgun license (CHL) holders. This will be the third hearing for this important legislation, and given that opponents will be given the chance to testify, committee members are no-doubt in store for yet another round of "sky-is-falling" predictions that will never come to pass. The chair has indicated that possible amendments may also be offered on this bill before a possible vote.
In the DEFEND Hearing's second hearing on June 20, bill sponsor John Becker submitted an amendment to his original bill which he said accepts suggestions from prosecutors but preserves the spirit of the bill.
The changes, he said, add the word "knowingly" in terms of intent and change a proposed penalty of disorderly conduct to trespassing. The new version also changes the term firearm to deadly weapon.
Buckeye Firearms Association's Jim Irvine testified in support of the bill, saying no need has ever been shown for many of the restrictions on firearms. He informed the committee the bill overall reduces penalties and minimizes the potential that a person would face a crime for taking a gun to a location where they are prohibited.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.
Following is Jim Irvine's proponent testimony on HB 233, delivered to the House committee on June 20:
Good afternoon Chairwomen Roegner, Vice Chairman Lipps, ranking member Leland and members of the House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations. I testify today in support of Sub H.B. 233.
We all enjoy many constitutionally protected rights. And we understand that the State may put restrictions on those rights. To properly do so, they must show a justifiable need for that restriction. You can’t yell “FIRE!” in a crowded movie theater.
No need has ever been shown to restrict the constitutionally protected, individual right to bear arms in most of the places that Ohio law restricts people from having a firearm available to defend their life.There is serious criminal activity in Ohio. We are suffering through a drug epidemic. Serious crimes deserve serious (felony) punishment. It is a waste of law-enforcement, prosecutorial, and judicial resources to criminalize an otherwise law-abiding citizen with a similar degree of crime for status offenses.
There is a huge difference between the crimes of rape, murder, arson, and a CHL holder walking into a church or library which happens to be a government building. The law should reflect that stark difference.
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I know something of how important Lee was to people, especially to his family. He was a strong presence in the life of that family, a man who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. And he was a vital presence in their lives almost to the end, as the video Dave shared on Facebook the other day, showing Lee teeing up on the golf course at the age of 90, demonstrates. All of you have been blessed to have Lee in your lives and you know it.
But now what?
People who haven’t been blessed as you have, strangers to Lee or to all of you, might not understand that it’s possible to grieve just as much, sometimes more, for an older person who has left this life as it is to grieve for someone younger. When someone has been the patriarch of a family for so long, it leaves a hole in many lives.
So, the first thing that I would say this morning is that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you that it’s time to snap out of it, time to stop feeling your loss.
As I read God’s Word, the Bible, it becomes clear to me that death was never meant to be part of the human experience. We were created in the “image of God,” Genesis says, and the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes tells us that God “has put eternity into [humanity’s] heart…” We have every right to feel offended by death, to resent its removal of loved ones from our lives. We weren’t made for death. It’s offensive and hurtful to us.
Listen: It’s offensive to God and hurts God too. He loves us. He wants more for us than death and grief. He wants to give us life and hope and peace.
That’s exactly why He took on human flesh in the person of Jesus, Who took the death sentence for sin each of us inherits at birth and then rose from the dead so that all who turn from their own sin and trust in Him have a life with God that cannot be taken from them.
When a friend of Jesus, a man named Lazarus, died, Jesus took His apostles with Him to the little village of Bethany. Some regarded this as a risky trip because, by that time, the forces of government and religion had decided that Jesus needed to be killed and Bethany was close to Jerusalem, where temple police or Roman soldiers could easily get their hands on Him. But Jesus went anyway.
Lazarus had two sisters, who also lived in Bethany. Martha was the first of them to see Jesus when He got to Bethany and she was none too pleased with Him. She and her sister had sent urgent pleas to Jesus to come and help their brother. They were sure that Jesus, Who already had a track record of miracle-working, could come and heal Lazarus. But, by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus was dead four days.
And so, when Jesus arrives, Martha is reproachful. “Lord, if you had been here, my brother he would not have died,” she tells Him. “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” They exchange a few more words, then Jesus tells her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
Jesus was offering to Martha at that moment the same thing that He offers you today: hope. Hope that when we dare to follow Christ, dare to turn away from sin, and turn to Him in trust, we have life with God. It’s a hope that God will be with us always and a hope that death need not have the last word over the lives of those who trust in Jesus.
To all people, Christ offers universally and unreservedly the chance to receive what, deep in our souls, we all know we were made for, eternal life with God. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life,” Jesus says elsewhere. “No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also.” As we turn to Jesus each day, He brings God’s hope to us, even when we grieve.
But this same God can give something else to you today. I pray that you’ll take it as He offers it to you. It’s mentioned in that passage from 2 Corinthians I spoke of a few moments ago: Comfort. The passage calls God “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”
If you seek God, the God made plain in Jesus, He can bring you comfort.
I remember being at a funeral visitation. One of the friends who stopped by to visit the grieving family was a man I’d met several times previously. We fell into conversation. He talked about how it had been when he lost his wife of fifty some years. They had been inseparable and he was devastated. He talked about how often at night he would fall to his knees in his bedroom and cry out, “God have mercy on me.” God’s Word, the Bible, promises that all who call on God will be saved. This man, as he called on God for help, was saved from facing His grief alone. “I don’t know how I would have survived without God’s help,” he told me.
And speaking personally, when I had a heart attack seven years ago and needed to be hospitalized, my son spent the night with me. As I lay in bed, I asked him to read some Scripture to me. I'll never forget the comfort I felt amid the noise in my soul when he read the words of Psalm 46:10: "Be still, and know that I am God."
The God Who has experienced death and grief Himself, wants to offer that same comfort to you today.
He wants you to know that you’re right to be hurt by the loss of your father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
He wants you to know that, for all who dare to trust in Christ, there is a hope for life with God in this world and a perfect life with God in the world to come, and there is comfort for those who run into the strong, compassionate arms of the God Who made you, loves you, died for you, rose for you.
Take the comfort and hope that only the God we meet in Jesus can offer.
And know that a lot of people, including Ann and me and our family, love you. God bless all of you. Amen
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Wondering which TV shows got cancelled in 2016-2017? Americ and I talk about the shows that either ended or were cancelled. SHOWS CANCELLED: The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) BrainDead (CBS) Powerless (NBC) Pure Genius (CBS) The Real O’Neals (ABC) Sweet/Vicious (MTV) Underground (WGN) American Crime (ABC) American Gothic (CBS) APB (FOX) Aquarius (NBC) Blunt Talk (Starz) […]
For us living in the US, our poet reminds us, imperial atrocities are at worst collateral damage, and most often invisible. Only when they come into sight need we look away.... look away...
Look Away, Look Away....
by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
Rumbling bellies, parched throats,
numb Mother, stunned Father
crawl on scraped knees,
bleeding hands across
gold foil fragments of
of glass, pulverized
North African dreams
and Mideast mornings;
They claw frantically
with laser precision
to muffled cries of
Their infant’s dead—
Say bonnet, booty and
bloody baby blanket,
where the window was—
Mothers Of All Bombs
do this to Other
Peoples’ Babies named
To pre-teens with poster-
plastered walls, and floors
mined with soccer shoes
and balls, below bookshelves
armed with sports stars,
magic tricks and insects
No hand-wringing, heart-
like families with
Thousand dollar strollers get
8 years—you trained
Yourselves to “…Look away…”
Orgasmic as your
Hellfire Missiles on
You’d “…Look away…”
Madison Avenue marketing:
“Yes, we can” and
Bottle Jim Jones Juice and
Deliver regime “Change
you can believe in:”
Wall Street warlords more money
You’d “…Look away…”
Wet, cold Wiki-leaked
in your rush to
“Feel the Bern,” climb the
behind Capitalist Hill’s latest liar
Spiking war profiteers’ shares
“Bombs bursting in air…
and rockets red glare” and
Hear campaign chants,
“Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs!”
Oh, how magnificent
it must feel to
“…Look away, look away…”
Raymond Nat Turner is an acclaimed poet and performance artist. Find much more of his work at http://ursurgejazz.com
Cuando el pasado mes de Julio accedimos a la petición de mi hija de 14 años de llevarla a Barcelona para asistir al concierto del canadiense JUSTIN BIEBER como regalo de cumpleaños, he de confesar que lo primero que hice fue consultar el calendario de la competición de fútbol para ver cómo cuadraba la fecha con respecto al Barça. Todo parecía coincidir, el 16 de marzo de 2013 "jugabamos" en el Nou Camp contra el Rayo por lo que el viaje empezaba a parecer interesante, ya que obviamente no tenía ningún interés en entrar en el Palau Sant Jordi a ver el citado concierto. La realidad ha sido muy distinta, ya que debido a la coincidencia con el partido contra el Milan esta misma semana el partido se ha jugado el domingo 17, totalmente descuadrado con la programación de mi viaje.
No obstante y a pesar de no haber podido asistir al partido, el viaje no ha sido desaprovechado ni mucho menos. La ciudad de Barcelona da mucho de sí y aunque no hemos tenido mucho tiempo ya que la tarde del sábado se la tuvimos que dedicar a mi hija obviamente (llevarla al Palau, apoyo logístico, esperarla etc.), no hemos dejado de visitar algunos lugares emblemáticos de la ciudad y que tan buenos recuerdos nos traen. Son aquellas pequeñas cosas que nos hacen disfrutar de la vida, sin por ello tener que dejarte los pelos, ya sabemos que "Barcelona és bona si la bossa sona" y si una cosa tengo clara es que una ciudad volcada con el turismo siempre está rodeada de "aprovechaos". Como ejemplo os diré que hasta el Burger King es más caro, a pesar de que pensaba que los precios de las franquicias eran los mismos en todos los sitios.
Me gustaría compartir con vosotros unas fotos tomadas con mi móvil el sábado en el Mercado de la "Boquería", en plenas Ramblas y las de un minipaseo por el Barrio Gótico, en torno a la Catedral. Es impresionante, siempre que paso por Barcelona me doy una vuelta por este mercado lleno de color y de actividad, donde puedes encontrar todo tipo de frutas exóticas, especias, mariscos, chocolates artesanales... una delicia.
Seguro que hay quien piensa que es una horterada eso de ir de "madre de la Pantoja" a llevar de concierto a la niña, nada menos que a Barcelona. Pero todo este tipo de "pequeñas cosas" podemos utilizarlas con algo de inteligencia y picardía para obtener réditos. Por ejemplo, además de contribuir a que tus hijos cumplan sus ilusiones, que ya sería suficiente recompensa, podemos utilizarlo para pedir a cambio por ejemplo mejoras en el rendimiento académico, rectificación de comportamientos desviados, que aprendan a ahorrar para después utilizar el dinero en algo que realmente les valga la pena, etc. etc. En mi caso, modestia aparte, no me ha hecho falta exigir a cambio nada de lo que expongo ya que mi hija reúne ya todas esas buenas condiciones que a todos nos gustan, por lo que la única motivación ha sido la de que cumpla su sueño...
Y mientras el resto de la familia paseaba por las calles de la cosmopolita ciudad Barcelona, nuestro primogénito daba uno de sus últimos coletazos formando parte del Club Basket Cartagena, equipo que le ha acogido durante estos últimos ocho años, la mitad de su vida prácticamente. Es lo que tiene cumplir años... eres alevín, va pasando el tiempo que no te das ni cuenta, cuando de pronto te ves ante el espejo, afeitándote para salir con tu amiga especial y para colmo junior de segundo año.
El partido parece ser, y siempre según mis informadores, que no tuvo mucha historia. Al descanso ganábamos de 20, siendo el tercer cuarto para el equipo molinense que nos lo ganó de 5 puntos (37-52). A falta de 5'48'' para el final el CBC volvía a poner 20 puntos de diferencia, según muestra la imagen siguiente:
Y tras un apretón del Molina Basket, tal vez avalado por la conformidad del CBC, volvieron a reducir esa diferencia hasta los 15 puntos, siendo el resultado final el de 52-67.
Fotografías de Antonio Céspedes
Y la próxima semana llega la temida "reválida". Es el que podemos denominar como examen final de esta temporada, y no es otro que el partido de vuelta contra Capuchinos. El Basket average está de nuestro lado por 9 puntos, ya que les vencimos en su casa en el partido de ida. Por otro lado Yecla, que es el tercero en discordia y con el que mantenemos triple empate por el cuarto puesto, se la juega esta semana en su feudo contra el líder Infante, donde puede pasar cualquier cosa dada la excelente esquizofrenia de la que está cubierta este grupo. No está nada claro todavía, y de entre estos tres equipos se decide qué dos entran en los cruces y sobre todo quién ocupará la cuarta plaza, ya que la quinta de nada sirve puesto que te empareja con el CB Murcia 95 dejándote fuera con total seguridad.
Aprovecho para reiterar mi disconformidad con que este excelente equipo entre en los cruces, es más, me parece una gran chorrada. Si has decidido que juegue la final a 4, pues que la juegue directamente y deja al resto de equipos que lleguen a los cruces con opciones. Otra solución habría sido que termine su campeonato en autonómica y que se juegue el pase al campeonato de España de clubes a partido único con el justo ganador de la final a 4. Pero claro, son solo cosas mías... y que conste que no las expreso para crear polémica y tener así más entradas y comentarios, aunque tal vez sí, quién sabe.
Es tiempo de terrazas, ¡disfruta de los mejores cócteles!
Si estás de viaje de negocios o disfrutas de unos días de descanso, ¿se te ocurre una mejor manera de terminar el día que relajándote en la terraza de tu hotel? Desde luego que si el verano se presenta tan caluroso como las últimas semanas de la primavera lo vas a agradecer… Buena música y un cóctel o refresco en tu mano en el lugar más cercano al cielo de tu hotel y hasta donde puede que corra un poco de aire… ¿Te animas?
Tres terrazas de verano listas ya para recibirte
En Sercotel te hemos hecho una selección de las tres mejores terrazas de verano, todas ellas, cómo no, en hoteles incluidos en nuestra prestigiosa marca Delux Collection. ¡Comenzamos!
Este hotel puede presumir de tener una de las mejores terrazas de Barcelona, ¿quieres conocerla? Porque sus posibilidades son variadas y se adaptarán seguro a tus necesidades.
Terraza Lounge: con unas vistas impresionantes de la ciudad condal y cócteles de altura, relájate y pásatelo en grande en esta moderna terraza en la azotea del edificio. Además, si estás atento a la página de Facebook de Sercotelestarás al día de los eventos que organicen, como el reciente de DJ sesión + deliciosos mojitos, que fue todo un éxito.
Cocktails & Snacks: para que tengas la oportunidad de realizar actividades after work, con los mejores snacks para completar tu experiencia, además de variados cócteles para degustar en la mejor compañía. Además, durante el día también podrás tener una reunión o trabajar rodeado de energía positiva.
Terraza Grafiti:en este artístico hotel no podía falta un rincón dedicado al arte, por eso una de sus paredes está decorada con un peculiar grafiti que viste de color esta zona de la terraza.
Terraza Familiar:Tómate una bebida bien fría mientras los pequeños se divierten en la piscina, y es que esta espectacular terraza se adapta a todos los miembros de la familia.
En pleno centro comercial y financiero de Bilbao se encuentra el edificio Coliseo Albia, declarado Patrimonio Histórico de la ciudad y que alberga un moderno y elegante hotel. Pero si piensas que nada más entrar te va a enamorar, espera a descubrir su terraza, con un elegante mobiliario y un ambiente privilegiado en el que podrás tanto tomar una copa tranquilo por la noche, como disfrutar del aire puro desde el desayuno.
Desde la terraza ubicada en laazotea, que también dispone de piscina de verano y de piscina cubierta y climatizada para el invierno, podrás contemplar las magníficas vistas de Valencia. Y para sofocar el calor, qué mejor que probar uno de los cócteles de su carta en un ambiente de relax en sus cómodos y modernos sillones. ¡No te lo puedes perder!
Los cócteles más populares de las terrazas de verano
Y para que lo tengas claro a la hora de pedir, vamos a hacer un repaso de los cócteles más populares que se sirven en toda terraza que se precie. Una buena mezcla de bebidas alcohólicas y no alcohólicas con resultados de sabor espectaculares.
Mojito: es el cóctel más consumido y tiene origen cubano.
Cosmopólitan: de origen francés, es famoso en el mundo entero.
Piña colada: inventada en Puerto Rico, es la bebida caribeña por excelencia.
Daiquiri: lo hizo famoso el escritor Ernest Hemingway.
Margarita: simple mezcla de tequila, con licor de naranja y zumo de limón.
Bloody Mary: dicen de él que es el cóctel más famoso del mundo. Elaborado con zumo de tomate, vodka y salsas picantes.
President Donald Trump often labels media companies as "failing." He's taken shots at BuzzFeed during press conferences. He's repeatedly pounded on CNN, and particularly enjoyed that network's recent journalism stumble.
If you follow the advertising business, you'd not be surprised to hear that traditional media business models are under a lot of pressure as consumer consumption habits are going through rapid changes driven by technology.
But here's an ongoing question: are the media companies Trump refers to as failing" actually failing?
Here's a look at how these companies are performing from an audience and financial perspective.
Screenshot via CNN
CNN is a frequent Trump target.
Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/763740672012738561 This is no surprise. Constant phony reporting from failing @CNN turns everyone off. The American people get it! https://t.co/a1A6XMfYx1
But CNN just enjoyed a 39% jump in it ratings for adults aged 25 to 54, reported Variety.
Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/880771685460344832 Watched low rated @Morning_Joe for first time in long time. FAKE NEWS. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no! Bad show
"Morning Joe" averaged just under 1 million viewers during the second quarter of this year, according to Nielsen. That's up from roughly 600,000 average viewers a year ago and lands MSNBC just behind Fox News in the morning news race, per Nielsen.
MSNBC has been on a recent ratings surge, and SNL Kagan says the network will pull in $267.8 million this year, reports Variety. Parent company NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., pulled in close to $7.9 billion during the first quarter this year, up 14.7% versus the same period last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.
'Failing New York Times'
Getty Images/Mario Tama
President Trump has frequently referred to the New York Times as "failing."
Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/764799933325144064 The failing @nytimes talks about anonymous sources and meetings that never happened. Their reporting is fiction. The media protects Hillary!
According to comScore, BuzzFeed reached over 80.1 million unique users in May, an increase of 8% from the previous year. BuzzFeed has launched several sub-brands on social media platforms, such as the food-focused Tasty–which boasts of nearly 87 million followers on Facebook. Overall the company says it generates 9 billion views a month across all of its distribution outlets.
This past week, President Trump took a shot at the Washington Post and Amazon.
Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/880049704620494848 The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!
Actually, Amazon doesn't technically own the Washington Post, founder Jeff Bezos does.
The Washington Post's web traffic exceeded 80.7 million unique users in May, up 28% versus the same month in 2016, according to comScore. The media company has produced a number of big scoops this past year.
Trump has labeled several other big TV networks as 'failing' though it's not always clear what he's referring to.
Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/879682547235651584 So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!
CBS has one of the top shows on TV in "The Big Bang Theory," while ABC has a long-running hit in "Scandal."
While primetime TV ratings continue to shrink, ABC just reported that it was able to achieve high single-digit rate increases during the recently completed "upfront" ad sales period.
Meanwhile, CBS said that its first quarter revenue was $3.34 billion down from $3.59 billion during the same quarter last year when the network aired the Super Bowl.
Vanity Fair "way down, big trouble, dead"
Vanity Fair/Annie Leibovitz
Last year, Vanity Fair posted a scathing review of one of President Trump's restaurants, and he did not like it.
Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/809383989018497024 Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of @VanityFair Magazine. Way down, big trouble, dead! Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!
There's no doubt that Vanity Fair is facing a tough market for print advertising. Still, the company reported an immediate jump in business following Trump's tweet.
Vanity Fair nabbed 13,000 new subscriptions within 24 hours of Trump's social media response, according to Poynter. The magazine says it reeled in 107,460 new subscribers from December of last year through June, a jump of 365% from the same time period the year prior.
Parent company Conde Nast is private and does not report revenue data publicly.
Six people from the police services have been charged with crimes in connection to the 1989 disaster at the Hillsborough stadium in England that left 96 dead, mostly Liverpool supporters. By David Conn for the Guardian.
Big news - Brent Kallman out of Thursday's game with a knee injury, suffered against Vancouver:
#MNUFC injury report: Brent Kallman (knee), Joe Greenspan (concussion) out Thursday. Look for Jermaine Taylor-Francisco Calvo at center back
He will be available to play when the summer transfer window opens on July 10.
Schedule: -Thu Jun 29 New York City v Minnesota - 6:30pm CT on My29 -Tue Jul 4 Minnesota v Columbus - 6:00pm CT on My29
US Open Cup - Round of 16
Dallas advanced to the Quarterfinals for an incredible 16th time.
Some really good looking games coming up tonight, including 1 showing on ESPN.
Schedule/Results: -Tue Jun 27 Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids -Wed Jun 28 Cincinnati v Chicago Fire - 7:00pm CT on ESPN Houston Dynamo v Sporting Kansas City New England Revolution v DC United New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union Miami v Atlanta United San Jose Earthquakes v Seattle Sounders LA Galaxy v Sacramento Republic -Quarterfinals game will be played between Jul 7 and 16.
Atlanta United has bumped Seattle from the top of the average attendance standings! 46,698 per game so far. By JuliaKate Culpepper for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Week 18 schedule/results: (10 Games) Thu Jun 29 New York City v Minnesota -Fri Jun 30 Salt Lake v Orlando -Sat Jul 1 Chicago v Vancouver Dallas v Toronto Kansas City v Portland Montreal v DC Columbus v Atlanta Colorado v Houston San Jose v LA -Sun Jul 2 Philadelphia v New England
I meant to this ask yesterday, what do y'all think of the MLS All Star jersey? (I don't care what you think about the game. :) ) pic.twitter.com/fSwegKATMX
Drama, excitement, anger, controversy. It was all there! Tied from Leg 1, Montreal took the lead on a great goal by Ballou Tabla in the 36th minute. Who else but Sebastian Giovinco retaliated for Tornto. So with the game still tied late in the 2nd Leg it was Giovinco again 5 minutes into stoppage time that ended the series with a very dramatic winner.
Idealna skóra to marzenie każdej z nas, ale jak to z każdym marzeniem, trzeba włożyć sporo pracy, żeby się spełniło. Po pierwsze, systematyczność. Najważniejsze to ustalić własny rytuał urodowy i powtarzać go codziennie. Oto lista prostych zasad, stanowiących podstawę mojej kosmetycznej rutyny. Wszystkie produkty, których używam, kupuję w aptece, gdyż dermokosmetyki to sprawdzone, przebadane naukowo formuły, stosowane przez dermatolożki – wiem, że mogę na nich polegać :-)
Perfect skin is a dream of many of us but as with every dream, one needs to put a lot of effort for it to come true. First of all, regularity. Having your own beauty ritual that you repeat every day is most important. This is a list of easy rules essential in my beauty routine. All products I use are from a drugstore (which in my country is more similar to French apothecary) since these are reliable formulas, scientifically tested and used by dermatologists – I know I can count on them :-)
1.Oczyszczanie. Codziennie wieczorem (bez wyjątków!) zmywam makijaż płynem micelarnym Sensibio H2O Biodermy. Mogą go stosować nawet osoby o wrażliwej skórze, na twarz i oczy, nie ma zapachu. Następnie lubię umyć twarz wodą i żelem do mycia. Raz w tygodniu stosuję oczyszczającą maseczkę Cleanance Avené, aby złuszczyć martwy naskórek.
Cleansing. Every evening (no exceptions!) I remove my make up using micellar water Sensibio H2O by BIODERMA. It can be used even on sensitive skin, both face and eyes. It has no fragrance. After that I like to wash my face with water and a cleansing gel. I use Cleanance mask by Avené once a week in order to exfoliate dead skin.
2. Krem pod oczy. Bardzo dbam o delikatną skórę wokół oczu, dlatego nakładam na nią żel Aqualia Thermal Vichy, który ma opakowanie w postaci bardzo wygodnego roll-on, lub Sensibio Eye Biodermy. Kosmetyk wklepuję palcami, aby lepiej się wchłonął.
Eye cream. I take good care of the delicate skin around the eyes therefore I apply eye gel Aqualia Thermal by Vichy, which has a very handy roll on applicator, or Sensibio Eye by Bioderma. I pat it in with my fingers for better absorption.
3. Nawilżanie. Rano pod makijaż nakładam krem nawilżający Aqua PRĒCIS Uriage z filtrem SPF 20, gdyż ochrona przed słońcem to podstawa prewencji fotostarzenia skóry. Natomiast na wieczór lubię ostatnio serum Idealia Vichy z unikalnym kompleksem idealizującym LR2412+LHA . Zawiera ono opalizujące drobinki, które rozświetlają cerę, nadając jej zdrowy wygląd. Innym sprawdzonym przeze mnie zestawem jest serum i krem Hydrabio Biodermy do bardzo wysuszonej wrażliwej skóry. Raz w tygodniu obowiązkowo maseczka nawilżająca Masque Confort Lierac.
Moisturising. In the morning I apply Aqua PRĒCIS moisturising cream by Uriage with SPF 20 because sun protection is crucial in the prevention of photoaging of the skin, whereas in the evening I use Idealia Serum by Vichy which contains a unique LR2412+LHA molecule. It also contains opalescent particles which give the skin healthy glowing look. Another favourites of mine are Hydrabio Cream and Serum by Bioderma. Moisturising face mask Masque Confort by Lierac is compulsory once a week.
4. Zwalczanie niedoskonałości. Nie mam problemów z trądzikiem, a na okazjonalnie pojawiające się grudki (bo tak się je nazywa w dermatologicznym żargonie) nakładam punktowo koncentrat z linii Lierac Prescription z kwasem azelainowym. Składnik ten ma działanie keratolityczne, tzn. usuwa nadmierną warstwę zrogowaciałą, oraz bakteriobójcze, a ponadto hamuje melanogenezę, czyli zapobiega powstawaniu przebarwień.
Fighting imperfections. I don't have acne problems but whenever I do get an occasional papule (this is the dermatological term for a pimple) I apply a concentrate from Lierac Prescription line. This product contains azelaic acid which has keratolitic properties (it means it removes excessive dead skin layer), kills bacteria and also reduces melanogenesis which prevents hyperpigmentation.
Przedstawione tu kosmetyki są odpowiednie dla mojej skóry, ale trzeba pamiętać, że produkty do pielęgnacji powinny być dobierane indywidualnie. Na koniec jeszcze najważniejsza rada – uśmiechnij się! To uśmiech sprawia, że jesteśmy piękne :-)
Products presented here work for my skin but you need to remember that they should be chosen individually. And lastly, the most important advice – smile! It's the smile that makes us beautiful :-)
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1. Cleveland (from LAC) - Kyrie Irving (PG), Duke: Odds pick is dealt: Zero The Cavs say “Thank you” to the Clippers for gifting them a franchise PG. Off-the-court drama could steal some of his spotlight on draft night.
2. Minnesota - Derrick Williams (PF/SF), Arizona: Odds pick is dealt: 50% The Wolves are stuck with a tough choice to make after they take Williams, either keep him and figure out how to make the rotation work with a forward-heavy roster, or deal him for a SG or C. There are so many rumors floating about, that I can’t do anything but label this 50:50.
3. Utah (from NJN) - Brandon Knight (PG/SG), Kentucky: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal Do the Jazz go guard here or at #12? That’s the million dollar question. It appears that they have fallen in love with Knight, but they are open to selecting Kanter or Vesely as well. 4. Cleveland - Enes Kanter (C/PF), Turkey: Odds pick is dealt: 40% After going Kyrie with their first pick, the Cavs look at going with a C with their second pick. With the selection of Kanter they will have a good PnR partner for Kyrie - and he’ll have the luxury of being able to develop while playing behind Varejao... something which may be needed given his situation last year. They could also move this pick to a team wanting to bid for Kanter, and then move back and take Valanciunas - something to keep an eye on.
5. Toronto - Kemba Walker (PG), Connecticut: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal Reports coming out of Toronto are muddled, and there are seemingly 5-6 prospects tied to them at this spot. The one thing I believe is that if Knight is here, he’s the pick - problem is he likely won’t be on the board. Therefore they take Walker who gives them a tough-nosed PG who can produce on both ends of the floor and is a leader in every sense of the word. Dwane Casey should love him.
6. Washington - Jan Vesely (SF/PF), KK Partizan Belgrade: Odds pick is dealt: 40% All reports point to the Wizards absolutely loving Vesely. If he can refine his shot from deep, watch out - Wall just found himself an uber-athletic Forward to run the floor with him. If they move the pick it’s going to be to land Kanter.
7. Sacramento - Kawhi Leonard (SF), San Diego State: Odds pick is dealt: 25% The Kings want an impact player at this spot, and while they could give Fredette a look because of his offensive fit next to Evans, I think they go with Leonard. Kawhi is able to be slotted in at SF and they will be able to cover up his offensive flaws while hopefully reaping the benefits of his defense and hustle. It’s possible that they move this pick to a team wanting Valanciunas.
8. Detroit - Jonas Valanciunas (C), Lietuvos Rytas: Odds pick is dealt: 50% The Jonas slide stops at #8. Will he stay with the Pistons? He could... but Monroe and Jonas are a questionable pairing and they may want some immediate help given the rumors that JV will have to stay at least one season in Europe before coming over. Whatever the case may be, this could be considered great value.
9. Charlotte - Marcus Morris (PF/SF), Kansas: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal Charlotte reportedly wants to come out of this draft with an NBA ready player who can help spread the floor. Enter Marcus Morris who can score efficiently from everywhere on the court and can possibly play both Forward spots... very safe choice.
10. Milwaukee - Alec Burks (SG), Colorado: Odds pick is dealt: 40% In dire need of improved efficiency out of the backcourt after ranking dead last in offensive efficiency in 2010-11, Milwaukee looks to find a SG who can fill it up. With Jennings loving to chuck up 3’s, they need a guy like Burks alongside him to take it to the rim. If they can move down and add more picks, it’s still possible they can get their guy.
11. Golden State - Chris Singleton (SF/PF), Florida State: Odds pick is dealt: 25% Reports coming out of Golden State point to West loving Thompson, but they also have their coach and GM preaching defense. I think they have to go defense here, preferably on the wing. Singleton is able to guard SG, SF, or PF and has also shown the ability to get out and run or knock down 3s - thus making him a good fit for the Warriors.
12. Utah - Marshon Brooks (SG), Providence: Odds pick is dealt: 60% The Jazz are left staring Jimmer in the face and are basically forced to pass on a guy hometown fans love. They could move up or down, but if they stay at 12, they could tab Marshon as a NBA-ready scorer with great length.
13. Phoenix - Tristan Thompson (PF), Texas: Odds pick is dealt: 25% Reports are that the Suns pick will come from a workout that featured Shumpert, the Morris twins, Singleton, Thompson, and Jimmer. I think Thompson gets the nod as what could turn out to be an upgrade to their PF spot right away despite being raw. Look for them to make a move to acquire a PG (Flynn?) in a deal that might involve this pick.
14. Houston - Bismack Biyombo (C/PF), Baloncesto Fuenlabrada: Odds pick is dealt: 40% Houston is still in need of a C, despite trading for Thabeet last season. In Biyombo, they acquire a guy with immense upside on the defensive end, but is as raw as can be offensively. That works for new coach Kevin McHale who wants defense and already has a guy in Scola who can get him buckets in the paint. If they can find a partner in the mid-lotto to trade with, they’ll do it.
15. Indiana - Jimmer Fredette (PG/SG), BYU: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal Coming off a nice season that saw them back in the playoffs for the first time in five years, Indiana takes Fredette who, despite having Collison as a starter, rounds out what could be a nice backcourt rotation by an outside shooter who can get incredibly hot.
16. Philadelphia - Klay Thompson (SG/SF), Washington State: Odds pick is dealt: 25% Very little is coming out of Philly about the draft, some of it may have to do with them having trouble getting prospects to work out for them, but there’s also the Iguodala rumors. I think if they move Iggy, they should take a wing that can spread the floor and work off the ball - enter Klay Thompson, who has been impressing in workouts.
17. New York - Iman Shumpert (SG), Georgia Tech: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal The Knicks need defense first and foremost. In Iman, they get a versatile defender with great tools while also being able to handle the ball a little. Word is that Knicks want him, and odds are there won’t be teams ahead of them who are going to spoil their party. Rumor has it they may want to move up and nab Biyombo - but what do they have to offer? I think they're stuck.
18. Washington (from ATL) - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C), Benetton Treviso: Odds pick is dealt: 50% The Wizards nab Motiejunas who has great upside and can score in a variety of ways. He could be an eventual replacement for Blatche, and at this point represents solid value. As this isn’t an excellent fit, the Wizards could move the pick - especially if they move up to get Kanter.
19. Charlotte (from NOH) - Markieff Morris (PF), Kansas: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal The Bobcats nab the second Morris twin, hoping that their chemistry carries over. This isn’t just a sentimental pick, however - Markieff should be a good energy big off the bench that provides defense and rebounding, while also fitting the “safe” mantra that Charlotte is advocating.
20. Minnesota (from MEM) - Jordan Hamilton (SF/SG), Texas: Odds pick is dealt: Extremely high The Timberwolves really don’t have room to bring in two rookies as well as Rubio. Therefore, this pick is not representing what I think the Wolves will pick, but who reports consider BPA -Jordan Hamilton.
21. Portland - Nikola Vucevic (C), USC: Odds pick is dealt: 40% Portland lacks healthy size. Although Vucevic overlaps with LMA’s skillset, he should be able to play right away and reportedly has been doing well in workouts. Rumors are that Portland wants a vet, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this moved in a package to acquire one.
22. Denver - Kenneth Faried (PF), Morehead State: Odds pick is dealt: 25% Faried fits the up-tempo style of play Denver likes to play and gives the Nuggets a strong rebounder and defender for a team that could possibly lose two of their bigs to free agency - not to mention they have a lot of scorers on the roster so his biggest weakness is covered up.
23. Houston (from ORL) - Tobias Harris (SF/PF), Tennessee: Odds pick is dealt: 75% Houston is another team that doesn’t really have room to bring in more rookies, however I could see them keeping the pick if someone like Harris fell. While he’s not similar to Battier as some claim, he is a very smart player who could see rotation minutes right away despite currently being 18.
24. Oklahoma City - Davis Bertans (SF), Union Olimpija Ljubljana: Odds pick is dealt: 25% The Thunder really have no rotational needs that can be satisfied with this pick, so they take Bertans who can be stashed overseas for another year or two before coming over.
25. Boston - Jeremy Tyler (C/PF), Tokyo Apache: Odds pick is dealt: 40% I have no idea what Boston will do here, because they only have a year or two left of their aging superstars, and then it’s just Rondo and maybe Green. Because of that, I’ll do something nonsensical and stick them with Tyler who is arguably the biggest unknown of the draft, but has great physical tools.
26. Dallas - Justin Harper (PF/SF), Richmond: Odds pick is dealt: 25% The Mavs really lose offensive firepower when Dirk goes to the bench - to the point where it’s going to be a problem. Yes, they are in “win now” mode, but I could see Harper playing a role on this team next year... possibly an important one off the bench.
27. New Jersey (from LAL) - Tyler Honeycutt (SF/SG), UCLA: Odds pick is dealt: 75% It’s being reported that the Nets want to move up from this spot, and it trying to use #35 in order to do so. However, if they do not move up, I think Honeycutt makes sense as a versatile wing that is a bit of a project.
28. Chicago (from MIA) - Charles Jenkins (PG/SG), Hofstra: Odds pick is dealt: 60% If they can’t move this pick, Chicago could go with Jenkins - a comboguard who is NBA ready and can create for himself and others.
29. San Antonio - Kyle Singler (SF/PF), Duke: Odds pick is dealt: Minimal The Spurs aren’t giving up hope that their window has closed. As such, they take a guy who can help them immediately as long as he improves his shot selection.
30. Chicago - Bojan Bogdanovic (SG/SF), Cibona VIP Zagreb: Odds pick is dealt: 40% Again, another pick they will try to move... however this one will be harder. If they can’t move it, I see them taking a guy they can stash overseas and hope it pays dividends when they finally come over. In this case, it’s one of the best scorers in Europe: Bojan Bogdanovic.
31. Miami (from MIN) - Reggie Jackson (PG/SG), Boston College 32. Cleveland - Jimmy Butler (SF), Marquette 33. Detroit (from TOR) - Darius Morris (PG/SG), Michigan 34. Washington - Malcolm Lee (SG/PG), UCLA 35. New Jersey - Nikola Mirotic (PF), Real Madrid 36. Sacramento - Josh Selby (SG/PG), Kansas 37. LA Clippers (from DET) - JaJuan Johnson (PF), Purdue 38. Houston (from LAC) - Travis Leslie (SG), Georgia 39. Charlotte - Nolan Smith (PG/SG), Duke 40. Milwaukee - Norris Cole (PG), Cleveland State 41. LA Lakers (from GSW) - Cory Joseph (PG), Texas 42. Indiana - Chandler Parsons (SF), Florida 43. Chicago (from UTA) - Jon Leuer (C), Wisconsin 44. Golden State (from PHX) - Jordan Williams (C), Maryland 45. New Orleans (from PHI) - E’Twaun Moore (SG), Purdue 46. LA Lakers (from NYK) - Scotty Hopson (SG/SF), Tennessee 47. LA Clippers (from HOU) - Trey Thompkins (PF), Georgia 48. Atlanta - Shelvin Mack (SG/PG), Butler 49. Memphis - Keith Benson (PF/C), Oakland 50. Philadelphia (from NOH) - Greg Smith (PF/C), Fresno State 51. Portland - Demetri McCamey (PG), Illinois 52. Detroit (from DEN) - Jereme Richmond (SF), Illinois 53. Orlando - David Lighty (SG/SF), Ohio State 54. Cleveland (from OKC) - Xavi Rabaseda (SG), Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 55. Boston - Ben Hansbrough (PG/SG), Notre Dame 56. LA Lakers - Isaiah Thomas (PG/SG), Washington 57. Dallas - Josh Harrellson (C), Kentucky 58. LA Lakers (from MIA) - Robin Benzig (SF/PF), Ratiopharm Ulm 59. San Antonio - Giorgi Shermadini (C), Union Olimpija Ljubljana 60. Sacramento (from CHI) - Andrew Goudelock (PG), Charleston
2011 Big Board: Rules - (1) Can go down one tier for need, makes tiers more flexible and blended, (2) Skills are judged based on the position the player is projected to play.
Tier 1: 1. Kyrie Irving - Fr. PG, Duke Smooth player whose athleticism and physical tools are overlooked due to his high skill level. Has an uncanny ability to get to the rim due to elite ball handling, including an awesome utilization of changing speeds to catch the defender off balance. Very efficient jump shooter that can create space for himself and knock down shots at high efficiency both from mid-range and beyond the 3pt line. Kyrie also possesses remarkable court vision and playmaking abilities for a PG prospect, which makes him a deadly offensive player. Defensively, he rarely takes a possession off and comes up with positive plays with regularity - however he was rarely tested at the college level. Overall, Kyrie is an excellent mix of offense and defense while also possessing a NBA size. The only downside is if his toe becomes an issue. NBA Role: Two-way franchise PG Elite skills/traits: Handling, shot selection, penetration, overall BBIQ Proficient skills/traits: Jump shot, shot creation, finishing, drawing fouls, passing, court vision, overall defense, quickness, athleticism, intensity Mediocre skills/traits: Rebounding, height, length Substandard skills/traits: -------------------- -------------------- Tier 3: 2. Derrick Williams - So. PF/SF, Arizona Efficient player both in the post and spotting up from distance. Had mixed results against competition with NBA-caliber big men - Texas and Connecticut posed trouble, whereas Kansas and Duke did not. He is among the best at drawing fouls and getting to the line where he knocks them down with some regularity. Has a smooth spot-up jumper, but is not comfortable creating a jump shot at this point because he lacks ball-handling ability on the perimeter. Average rebounder, but could easily improve if he works on fundamentals. Defensively, Derrick does not always give effort and when he does he’s not always effective. Clutch performer who both wants the ball and wants to guard the ball on key possessions. At his peak could be one of the more dangerous offensive players in the league and a regular 20ppg scorer. NBA Role: All-star caliber stretch 4 Elite skills/traits: Hands, shot selection, finishing, drawing fouls, athleticism, intensity Proficient skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, shot creation, length, strength, offensive BBIQ Mediocre skills/traits: Penetration, passing, court vision, perimeter defense, off-ball defense, rebounding, height Substandard skills/traits: Handling, post defense, defensive BBIQ -------------------- Tier 4: 3. Enes Kanter - 1992 PF/C, Kentucky Hasn’t played competitively for nearly a year. Very limited experience against good competition, however when faced with a challenge he outperformed his peers. Post moves are advanced for someone his age, able to back defenders down and use an up and under, hook, or drop step to get his points. Great feel around the hoop along with a dependable midrange jumper and nice handling/passing ability make him a highly skilled offensive player. NBA body with immense strength, but not an explosive jumper. Defense is not his strong suit as he does not alter shots as well as one would hope - however it’s not for lack of effort, possibly lack of experience in being an effective defender. Shows outstanding rebounding fundamentals and attacks the ball when it comes off the rim. Hard to project without more evidence, but Enes appears to have the makings of a difference maker at the 5. NBA Role: Offensive-minded force at the 5. Elite skills/traits: Hands, touch around rim, shot selection, offensive BBIQ Proficient skills/traits: Face-up game, post-up game, handling, shot creation, drawing fouls, passing, rebounding, strength Mediocre skills/traits: Overall defense, athleticism, height, length, defensive BBIQ, intensity Substandard skills/traits:
4. Jonas Valanciunas - 1992 C, Lietuvos Rytas Raw big man who shows an excellent motor and touch around the rim. Above average athlete for the C spot with extremely long arms will help him become an effective defender once he learns to utilize those talents effectively. Not afraid of bodying up players in the post or guard players at the top of the key, but plays smaller than he is because too frequently he gets low as if he’s a guard on the perimeter. Offensively, he runs the pick and roll among the best and has a great feel around the hoop to finish those opportunities - also showing improving post skills including an improving drop step and nice looking hook. His work on the boards is superb and he routinely out works older, more skilled opponents. A project to be sure, but if he realizes his talents he could be a gem. NBA Role: Starting C with positive impact on both ends Elite skills/traits: Hands, touch around rim, length Proficient skills/traits: Shot selection, off-ball defense, rebounding, athleticism, height, intensity, offensive BBIQ Mediocre skills/traits: Post-up game, handling, shot creation, drawing fouls, post defense, perimeter defense, defensive BBIQ Substandard skills/traits: Face-up game, passing, strength
5. Terrence Jones - Fr. SF/PF, Kentucky Terrence is someone who, if rated from 1-10 on every trait, could be argued to have 6s or 7s across the board. Has good handling and passing abilities for a guy his size. Can knock down shots from beyond the 3pt line and has an improving post game, while also being able to draw fouls against slower PFs in face-up situations. Works well without the ball, coming off screens for open jumpers or cutting to the hoop. Terrence is adept at rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor and also is a plus defender, using his great length to his advantage in both aspects. While he might not have star potential, he should be a great glue guy. NBA Role: Jack of all trades F Elite skills/traits: Proficient skills/traits: Handling, penetration, finishing, drawing fouls, passing, court vision, overall defense, rebounding, athleticism, length, strength, overall BBIQ Mediocre skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, hands, shot creation, shot selection, height, intensity Substandard skills/traits:
6. Jan Vesely - 1990 SF/PF, KK Partizan Belgrade At his best when attacking the rim both off the dribble and cutting to the rim. Jump shot is not where it needs to be and he appears to lack confidence in it, often choosing to drive even when given an open shot. Extremely high energy level. Great athlete with long arms allows him to be a pest defensively. Because he is rail thin doesn’t rebound or defend in the post as well as one would hope - however despite his frame he’s not wary of competing against bigger players. Jan looks to be someone who would thrive playing next to a sweet-shooting star player. NBA Role: Starting slasher/energy player. Elite skills/traits: Finishing, athleticism, height, intensity Proficient skills/traits: Hands, shot selection, penetration, drawing fouls, overall defense, length, defensive BBIQ Mediocre skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, passing, court vision, rebounding, offensive BBIQ Substandard skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, strength
7. Alec Burks - So. SG, Colorado One of the best players at getting to the rim and finishing through contact. Exceptional ball handling skills and athleticism allow him to create scoring opportunities for himself despite being the focus of the defense, while also having mediocre court vision and passing abilities for a SG prospect to make defenses pay if they commit 2-3 players to him. To become a complete offensive player, however, Alec really needs to work on his sub-standard jumper both in off the dribble and catch and shoot opportunities. Defensively, he has tools to be a good defender, but is not effective outside the occasional deflection or steal. Overall, he projects right now to be a good secondary scorer who does his damage by attacking the basket. NBA Role: Starting slasher/scorer Elite skills/traits: Penetration, finishing Proficient skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, drawing fouls, athleticism, length, offensive BBIQ Mediocre skills/traits: Shot selection, passing, court vision, off-ball defense, rebounding, height, intensity, defensive BBIQ Substandard skills/traits: Jump shot, perimeter defense -------------------- Tier 5: 8. Kemba Walker - Jr. PG, Connecticut Elite skills/traits: Quickness, intensity Proficient skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, penetration, finishing, drawing fouls, overall defense, rebounding, athleticism, defensive BBIQ Mediocre skills/traits: Jump shot, passing, court vision, offensive BBIQ Substandard skills/traits: Shot selection, height, length
2010 Big Board:Rule - can go down one tier for need, makes tiers more flexible and blended
1. John Wall -Elite athlete who takes advantage of fast breaks and drives seams well. Great defensive potential and comes up with big plays on that end though sometimes has mental lapses. Can create his own shot with ease, but will need to work on refining his jumper to become a complete offensive player. Prone for handling errors and tends to force things at times, but can also do some spectacular things with the ball. Is a good mix of pure and scoring point guard tendencies. -------------------- 2. Derrick Favors -Physical specimen with rare combination of strength and athleticism. Could play either frontcourt spot offensively, but needs to work on his jumpshot if he’s to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘4’ and his post skills if he’s going to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘5’. Tends to lose his dribble when executing post moves, but has great hands and should be a monster in terms of efficiency. At his peak, he should be one of the best defenders and rebounders, but he might lack the desire or passion on the court to be a dominant offensive player. 3. Evan Turner -A complete prospect. He is a good playmaker, handler, and floor general from the wing spot and will create mismatches because of his array of talents. Needs to keep working on his long-range jumpers, but currently has one of the best mid-range games in the draft, while also being comfortable driving to the rim - however in this area he is turnover-prone as he is too loose with his handle. He should be a plus defender because of his effort, even though he’s not the best of athletes. Might be facing an uphill battle to be a superstar, as he lacks the tools normally seen in those players, thus his potential is limited.
4. DeMarcus Cousins -He’s a dominant player in the post, able to bull over most people guarding him, but also blessed with surprisingly quick feet. Uses his body to gobble up rebounds on both ends, and has the touch to finish shots around the basket even though he’s not an explosive athlete to throw them down with ease. Has problems with maturity on the court, but not off of it. This leads him to pick up silly fouls and sometimes be an indifferent defender. Sometimes his fire is a good thing, however, as it’s what causes him to be dominant at times. -------------------- 5. Wesley Johnson -Elite athlete on the wing with a very effective jumper with NBA 3pt range and quick release. Doesn’t look uncomfortable with the ball, but not relied upon to handle the ball and doesn’t use his dribble to attack the basket effectively despite his physical advantages. Because of this, it leads one to believe he’ll never be seen as a star in the NBA. Good rebounder that takes advantage of positioning and his leaping ability to be an asset in that area. Defensively, he has the tools, but tends to gamble - though playing within the zone makes it hard to see how he’ll translate. -------------------- 6. Ed Davis -Before his season ended with a broken wrist, he showed improvement on both ends of the floor. Able to create for himself in the post as well as establish position against bigger players. Showed good touch around the hoop, but needs to add a reliable jumper to be a dangerous offensive player. Defensively, he possesses great timing and is a plus in both man and weakside situations. Can guard face-up ‘4’s effectively on the perimeter. Tends to be a little passive on the court, which brings up questions if he can ever be “the man”.
7. Xavier Henry -Overshadowed by veterans, Henry still showed his ability to play at both ends of the court and the potential to be a deadeye shooter. Has a smooth jumper with effortless release, but had a midseason slump where it was extremely streaky. Deceptively good athlete, who isn’t explosive around the rim but is able to create for himself when the situation calls for it. Not the best handler or playmaker, if he’s going to be anything more than a scorer he needs to improve in those areas. Has the length, athleticism, and strength to defend either wing position. -------------------- 8. Greg Monroe -Spectacular playmaker in the frontcourt who plays more like a guard than a big. Because of that, he also sports a decent jumpshot and is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter. The downside, however, is that he’s relatively soft when playing in the post and can be easily rooted from position. Defensively, his lack of great athleticism and length, combined with the absence of the mentality to own the paint, causes him to be a neutral-at-best player on that end.
9. Paul George -Great athlete with the size and length to create mismatch problems on either end. Streaky jumpshooter who was relied upon too much in college, may become much more efficient as a 2nd or 3rd option as he shows pure form on his shot and great efficiency in spot-up situations. Ability to make plays and handle the ball is a plus. Defensively, he tends to gamble more than he should.
10. Al-Farouq Aminu -An intriguing combination of great length, agility, and instincts makes him an outstanding defensive prospect that can guard either Forward spot. Has a nose for the ball when it comes to rebounding. Offensively, he’s raw, having an unreliable jumper and making odd decisions when trying to make plays for himself or teammates. He is effective, however, when set up with spot-up jumpers or off offensive rebound opportunities.
11. Ekpe Udoh -Great athleticism and the biggest shoulders known to mankind are likely huge influences in helping make him a great defensive player both in man and weakside situations. Makes good decisions with the ball when making plays, however dribbles it way too high when driving to the rim. Decent jumper and post-game, but should not be relied upon as one of the top options - upside is that of a role player.
12. Hassan Whiteside -Being an elite weakside defender but raw man defender makes him an intriguing prospect. Great athlete with the ability to effectively guard players on the perimeter. Has a surprisingly good jumper and a decent post-game, but has tunnel vision once he gets the ball. He needs to work on his game in the post (offensively, defensively in man situations, and rebounding) to realize his great potential. A huge boom or bust prospect.
13. Cole Aldrich -Ready-made player who is a great rebounder and post defender. Has decent touch and an adequate jumper. However, he is not a good athlete and doesn’t assert himself offensively, which limits his upside. -------------------- 14. Patrick Patterson -Very polished player who is good in just about every aspect you judge a PF on. Has good strength, athleticism, size, and motor which means the mismatches against him will be few and far between. Worked on his jumper so now he can spot-up out to the 3pt line with good efficiency. Lost the mentality to go after every board, and also still cannot handle or create for himself outside of the post which means he’s almost certainly a role player.
15. Devin Ebanks -Excellent defender who excels at shutting down great perimeter players despite only having decent athleticism and physical tools. He needs to bulk up to be a good post defender against the bigger ‘3’s and most ‘4’s in the NBA. Possesses a good jumper out to 15-18 feet, but efficiency drops off the map once he gets near the 3pt line even though he has good form. Passing ability is a plus, but should not be relied upon to handle the ball. Lack of athleticism and polished offensive game limit his upside.
16. James Anderson -Good athlete possessing a great jumper with unlimited range as well as the ability to finish at the rim through contact. Does not look comfortable handling the ball, almost always going left when he drives and sometimes unable to create for himself when guarded by a skilled defender. Uses screens well, however, which should help him be an effective 3rd option in the NBA - however he’ll need to continue working on his handle to be anything more. Is an above average defender who tends to stay home instead of gamble. -------------------- 17. Avery Bradley -Great athlete and elite defender. Only offensive weapon is his jumper, both off the dribble and spotting up - but he doesn’t effectively take it to the rim nor does he draw contact. Needs to work on his handle and playmaking ability to realize his potential.
18. Damion James -Nice athlete with good size and skills for a role-player SF. Tough-nosed defender who can defend most perimeter players and some post players. Has a decent jumper and can create for himself, but isn’t a guy you want handling the ball often due to his lack of playmaking ability and not being a good dribbler even when comparing him to other SFs.
19. Willie Warren -If he were two inches taller he’d be a great prospect even though he had a down year, however at 6’4 without great length he’s small for a SG and his weaknesses become magnified. Great dribbler and ability to finish around the rim, also possesses a streaky jumpshot which is money if it’s on. However, he is an indifferent defender and even though his team was dysfunctional last year, he wasn’t helping with his selfish mentality.
20. Larry Sanders -Very athletic frontcourt player with excellent length, but lacking the strength required to guard some of the bigger post players. However, he is a great weakside defender and has solid man defensive skills. Needs to crash the boards with more fervor, as he plays a bit soft. Has worked on developing a jumper, but could stand to improve both that and his post skills.
21. Darington Hobson -A versatile wing with great playmaking ability, good handles, and a nice jumper. Struggles with efficiency when guarded with long, athletic players; but at the next level he won’t be the focus of defenses as he was in his one year in the NCAA. He needs to work on his game off the ball, as well as defensive intensity to maximize his potential as a role player.
22. Gordon Hayward -Smooth player with surprising athleticism and a good jumper, however he appeared to be very streaky this year after a consistent freshman season. Plays tougher than he looks, and also is an effective defender when he’s focused. Can rebound the ball and make plays at an above average clip compared to most other SF prospects. Needs to improve his handle and become more consistent on both ends of the court. -------------------- 23. Kevin Seraphin -Intruiging player with a great package of size, strength, athleticism, and length in the frontcourt. Could play either spot offensively or defensively. Needs to keep developing his offensive repertoire.
24. Eric Bledsoe -Great athlete who was forced to play out of position for most of his minutes. Showed the ability to guard either backcourt spot and was extremely focused when doing so, having few lapses. Has a good jumper, but far too often takes bad shots and is wild when driving to the rim. His playmaking skills did not appear to be very good compared to most PGs, so he’ll need to work on that or play next to a ball-dominant player who can handle the ball.
25. Terrico White -Great athlete with good length for the SG spot. Possesses solid playmaking skills and can help handle the ball, though he showed far less of this his sophomore year. Can create for himself in the halfcourt and good at driving the seams, however can be a bit reckless in his decisions which leads to him taking a few too many contested jumpers. An indifferent defender, he needs to show more intensity on this end and make use of his tools to realize his full potential and possibly become a very good starter.
26. Luke Babbitt - Very good offensive skills. Able to create for himself despite only having average handles and playing as an average or below average athlete. Has range well beyond the 3pt line, and also is dangerous close to the hoop. Surprisingly good playmaker with good vision for a combo forward. Defensively he gives effort, but frequently looks overmatched when guarding players with NBA athleticism and thus isn’t an effective defender.
27. Artsiom Parakhouski -Skilled player with great size, decent athleticism, and the mentality people look for in a post player. Goes after every rebound and utilizes good positioning and effort to secure it. Not an explosive leaper, but still a good defender at the college level due to his size and positioning, though he struggled outside the paint. Plays below the rim, but shows good touch around the hoop and has a reliable jumper to help space the floor.
28. Quincy Pondexter -Great athlete who relies upon playing bigger and stronger than he is to overpower opponents. The lack of a reliable jumper and good handles could hurt him in the NBA, as his interior game will not be nearly as effective and thus he may be in for a harsh transition. Defensively, he’s very good as he shows effort and intensity so his tools are used to their fullest. -------------------- 29. Gani Lawal –Explosive, powerful player who has developed offensive skills in the post. Missing a reliable jumper to make him an extremely dangerous offensive player - FTs need help too. Blessed with great athleticism and length, with good length and motor. Crashes the boards well. Defensively he needs to focus more as he’s prone to picking up silly fouls and allows easy baskets a bit too often.
30. Lance Stephenson -Good playmaker and handler for a SG, also possesses a knack for creating separation and getting up tough shots. Overly confident in his abilities, pressing too hard and frequently taking shots which are too tough instead of pulling back and passing the ball. Defensively, he shows good intensity at times, but most of the time he’s an indifferent defender. If he continues to work on his game, he has high potential, but doesn’t seem to get it.
31. Craig Brackins -Skilled offensive player whose efficiency will increase when he’s not asked to carry the load. Has well developed post moves, a good midrange game, and has the ability to extend his range beyond the 3pt line in time to - when combined with his playmaking ability - become a dangerous offensive role player. Defensively, however, he is likely going to be a negative for his team, as he hasn’t seemed interested on that end.
32. Jerome Jordan -Athletic, long player with skills on both ends. Is inconsistent in his level of play which makes it hard to project where he could go in his career. Needs to work on his jumper if he wants to be seen as a starter.
33. Solomon Alabi -Nice athlete from the C spot who can make a significant impact defensively thanks to his timing and ability to harass opposing big and guards both in the post and when he’s forced out to the perimeter. Plays a little soft, however, and needs to assert himself more on the boards - hands need work as well. Has a nice jump hook and stroke from the line, which bodes well for his ability to become a decent option in the post if he continues to improve.
34. Stanley Robinson -Great athlete who uses this athleticism to be a quality defender as well as an exciting player in transition or when crashing the boards offensively. Has a decent jumper, but needs to continue to improve it to become a good role player. Lacks good handles and strength, thus tends to play outside far more than inside.
35. Elliot Williams -Good athlete who relies on his ability to drive to the rim and finish through contact, but needs to work on his handle to become ambidextrous with the ball. Possesses an improving jumper, but needs to keep working on it to make a smooth transition to the NBA. Solid playmaker, but prone to trying to be too fancy with the ball and thus be a bit turnover prone despite not being ball-dominant. Defensively, he is below average, but this should not be his focus as his role in the NBA will be that of a scorer.
36. Daniel Orton - He’s a body blessed with great physical tools. Right now he’s raw on both ends, showing glimpses of having a decent face-up game and defensive potential to go along with those tools. Knee problems may scare off some teams, as will his tendency to play like a thug and thus pick up lots of fouls. Has a lot of work to do to become a decent NBA player, but the potential is there.
37. Dominique Jones -A bull of a guard who loves driving to the rim and has good touch around the basket despite not being a great athlete. Decent handle and playmaking ability, can also create separation for himself, but his jumper isn’t reliable. Defensively, he puts forth good effort, but isn’t very effective. -------------------- 38. Jarvis Varnado -Great weakside defender with outstanding timing. As a man defender, he’s in for a tough transition as he’s too small to guard most post players, and not quite agile enough to guard some face-up ‘4’s. Quality rebounder despite his lack of strength, thanks to his fundamentals. Needs to continue to work on his jumper to make a successful transition to PF.
39. Da’Sean Butler -Streaky jumpshooter who comes up big in the clutch. Knee injury may knock his athleticism down a notch, but at WVU he was an average athlete. Very complete offensive player, able to handle and make plays while also being able to drive to the rim and create separation for himself in the halfcourt. Defensively, he was mostly hidden, and doesn’t seem to possess the ability to do more than put a hand up.
40. Lazar Hayward -Good athlete with legit size for a SF. Possesses a nice jumper with NBA range, but lacks good handles and playmaking to be anything more than a role player offensively. Defensively, shows very good effort and has the potential to be a plus defender.
41. Jordan Crawford -Volume shooter whose efficiency tailed off in bigger games. However, he can create for himself and is able to get off shots in tough situations. Playmaking and handling are there, but not a strength. On the defensive side, he looks indifferent much of the time.
42. Trevor Booker - Surprising athlete who is skilled and can rock the rim. Has worked on a jumper and has range out to 18-20 feet. Nice defensive skills, active down low and very physical. Needs to become more physical on the boards and learn better fundamentals.
43. Mikhail Torrance -SG with some very nice PG skills, however doesn’t have a takeover mentality nor athleticism which will wow anyone, thus is a classic tweener. Defensively he’ll be a liability.
44. Derrick Caracter -Big, strong post player with excellent post skills and touch around the basket. Tough-nosed rebounder and very physical defensively - however is relatively ineffective against skilled opponents and isn’t much of a weakside defender due to below average athleticism.
45. Miroslav Raduljica -Very skilled post player with legit size, range on his jumper, and decent court vision. Lacks defensive ability and toughness, and is also a subpar rebounder. -------------------- 46. Tyler Smith -Immaturity destroyed his NBA prospects, but outside of that is a solid prospect with good playmaking, average defensive ability, a decent jumper and solid physical attributes. If he can show that he’s matured, and can improve the range on his jumper out to the NBA 3pt line, he could be a solid player.
47. Greivis Vasquez - Was a star in college. Good size, handles, jumper, and playmaking. His problem lies with his poor athleticism, where it is a hindrance that he cannot get around defensively, and offensively will make his transition to the pros a bumpy one.
48. Tibor Pleiss
49. Armon Johnson -Explosive guard who is at his best attacking so he can create for himself or his teammates. Spot up jumper is suspect, as is the range on it - so if he’s going to make it in the NBA it will need to be improved. Defensively, he has the tools, but seems disinterested at times.
50. Sylven Landesberg -Smooth offensive player that can create for himself and others at the SG spot, however he’s still quite raw and doesn’t always make the best play. Athletically, he is average or below average; which, when combined with his mentality defensively, makes him a minus on that end of the floor.
51. Nemanja Bjelica -------------------- 52. Alexey Shved 53. Tiny Gallon 54. Ryan Richards 55. Brian Zoubek 56. Latavious Williams 57. Manny Harris 58. Jerome Randle 59. Dexter Pittman 60. Hamady Ndiaye 61. Marqus Blakely 62. Charles Garcia 63. Paulao Prestes 64. Vladimir Dasic 65. Luke Harangody 66. Matt Bouldin 67. Omar Samhan 68. Jacob Pullen 69. Dwayne Collins 70. Samardo Samuels 71. Andy Rautins -------------------- 72. Aubrey Coleman 73. Jerome Dyson 74. Elijah Millsap 75. Sherron Collins 76. Wayne Chism 77. Jon Scheyer 78. Deon Thompson 79. AJ Ogilvy 80. Ben Uzoh 81. Jeremy Lin 82. Scottie Reynolds 83. Jeff Foote
Latest Mock Draft after reading through various rumors and articles, as well as watching a lot of workout videos. As such, there's been a lot of shake-up in this mock compared to the last one.
1st Round: 1. Washington - John Wall (PG): The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock now per reports.
2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF): This pick could be moved so Philadelphia picks up more value as Turner and Iguodala duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much. I believe they would be almost equally as happy with Favors or Cousins, but right now Turner is the safer bet. 3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors (PF/C): Lopez isn’t really a brutish player down low, but he’s a very skilled offensive player who can also step out and hit a jumper. Favors is a tough-nosed player and he has the athleticism Lopez lacks. This is a spectacular fit, though the pick is rumored to be “gettable”.
4. Minnesota - DeMarcus Cousins (C): This represents a BPA pick as DeMarcus has the potential to be dominant. It is also a pick which will drastically change the franchise as Al and Cousins likely cannot coexist, but Cousins is the larger and more talented of the two.
5. Sacramento - Wesley Johnson (SF): This is a tough pick for the Kings, and don’t be surprised to see them move up or down. They need talent which fits next to Evans, but they would highly prefer it to be a big with defensive ability. However, as the value isn’t there, they instead go for BPA and take Johnson - even though they already have Casspi and Greene.
6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C): The Warriors really don’t have a specific need besides being healthy and reorganizing their talent. Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.
7. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF): Detroit needs help just about everywhere, and as such they cannot afford passing up the potential Davis has on both ends of the floor. He’ll fill a huge hole in the Pistons rotation next year, possibly starting by year’s end.
8. LA Clippers - Paul George (SF): The Clippers have a need at SF, but they also could use some playmaking since Gordon lacks in that area. Aminu could get a look here since he has the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small, but George offers a diverse skillset and his stock has skyrocketed.
9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C): Gift wrapping Utah an NBA-ready defensive Center would be like an early Christmas, even if he isn’t the BPA. He doesn’t offer much upside, but it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.
10. Indiana - Xavier Henry (SG/SF): If the Pacers trade down or out of this spot as rumored, then Henry is the pick as he’s BPA and the team targeting this pick in a trade would likely be looking to draft him. However, if they keep the pick, this is a tough spot and Aminu, Udoh, or Hayward are all possibilities.
11. New Orleans - Gordon Hayward (SF): It is rumored that Hayward has a promise somewhere above the 12th pick. This would be a reasonable spot for him if that’s the case, even though Aminu is still on the board and represents the BPA. If he can rid himself of the streakiness which plagued him this past year, this could be a very nice fit.
12. Memphis - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF): If they allow Gay to walk, then Aminu would look like an excellent fit - and even if they do not, Mayo, Gay, and Aminu could all play on the floor together and create huge mismatch problems with their athleticism and scoring ability.
13. Toronto - Patrick Patterson (PF): Losing Bosh is certainly going to sting, but Toronto can’t panic. Patterson - while not a quite as good defensively like the BPA Udoh - could immediately come in and be a nice fit next to Bargnani as he has a reliable post game, while also being an extremely safe choice.
14. Houston - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C): Upside pick that Houston can afford to take, even with the red flags surrounding him. While this pick has a high possibility of being moved, a pick of Whiteside would allow him time to mature and also make him earn his minutes - possibly giving him more motivation to reach his potential.
15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF): Babbitt measured out better than almost everyone expected, and it’s rumored the Bucks like him a lot. The Bucks should give Anderson a heavy look here, but the Bucks will take one of the most skilled offensive players on the board.
16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C): The Timberwolves really need help on the wing, and Anderson is staring them in the face. However, Udoh is BPA and he is potentially a perfect fit alongside Cousins and would work very well in an uptempo triangle variation. I think they take him and reshape their frontcourt.
17. Chicago (from MIL) - James Anderson (SG): Rose is a dominant ball-handler with a budding jumper, and the SG next to him needs to be able to play off the ball and be great working primarily in catch-and-shoot and screen situations. Anderson brings that as well as decent playmaking and defense to the table. Great fit.
18. Miami - Avery Bradley (PG/SG): Bradley isn’t currently ready to play PG in a traditional role, but the Heat don’t need that if they keep Wade. He can immediately step in and give them excellent defense as well as solid shooting in his limited minutes, while learning to become more of a playmaker.
19. Boston - Willie Warren (SG): Warren has certainly fallen out of favor with the masses over the past year, but I still think he has the upside to be pretty good in the NBA. Working off more talented players, he could be a deadly sharpshooter with handles. In Boston he could replace some of Allen’s production, and give them another handler when Rondo is off the floor.
20. San Antonio - Damion James (SF): They need toughness, length, and spot-up shooting at the SF spot since Jefferson clearly didn’t give them that. James brings those as well as quality defense, and seems like a Popovich kind of player.
21. Oklahoma City - Daniel Orton (PF/C): I personally would dislike this pick if I were an OKC fan; however this is a mock, not my big board. Some team will reach for him early because of his size, athleticism, and thug-like nature on the court; and I think that team will be the Thunder as he is a hometown player who also fills a big need.
22. Portland - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C): They were decimated by injuries last year, and could have Oden and Przybilla start off the year watching games in suits. Seraphin is an upside pick, but also should be able to contribute a crude, but punishing game on offense his first year; while also giving them plus production defensively and on the boards.
23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF): Minnesota likely moves up in the draft using this pick, but if not, I like Ebanks here. As BPA (in my opinion at least) he does not given them an immediate boost offensively at the wing like they need, but he’ll provide lockdown defense, quality rebounding, playmaking, and also possesses a nice mid-range game. They can get the offense in Free Agency.
24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C): The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for. However, seeing that he’s put on about 15lbs of “good” weight in the past two seasons (he only has 4.6% body fat); I think he could eventually bulk up to 240-250 and be a menace for Atlanta.
25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG): Conley doesn’t seem to be a guy worth considering part of their core, even though he’s a decent player. As such, they go with Bledsoe who - even if Conley is kept longterm - can play a role as a comboguard off the bench that will give them a great defender and decent shooting.
26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Tibor Pleiss (C): I don’t know if they keep both picks, but I’ll pick as though they will. They already took Orton, but it’s rumored that they also like Pleiss and they could stash him for a year or two. Their roster cannot handle any more non-impact players, so taking an international prospect makes sense.
27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Quincy Pondexter (SF): The Nets should use this pick to guess at the type of role player a star FA would want to surround him. You can never have enough role players who are very athletic and have the ability to guard three positions, while also able to create for themselves - so Pondexter is the pick here.
28. Memphis (from LAL) - Elliot Williams (SG): I cannot see Memphis taking three rookies this year, so I would assume they will trade up or out of one of their later picks. However, if they do keep all three, I think they’ll go with Elliot Williams who grew up in Tennessee, played at Memphis, and is a pretty good athlete that can be a scorer/slasher off the bench.
29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF): Hobson is rumored to have a 1st round promise. As someone who is adept at handling the ball, shooting it from deep, and also possesses decent athleticism - it makes sense. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.
30. Washington (from CLE) - Solomon Alabi (C): Could he slip all the way to the last pick in the 1st round? It’s possible, especially when a lot of teams don’t necessarily need a C at the end of the 1st in this mock. He gives the Wizards a legit C with good defense and budding skills, as well as a high character guy. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a big-minute player, but this is good value.
2nd Round: 31. New Jersey - Artsiom Parakhouski (C) 32. Oklahoma City (from MIN) - Terrico White (SG) 33. Sacramento - Jerome Jordan (C) 34. Golden State - Dominique Jones (SG) 35. Washington - Gani Lawal (PF) 36. Detroit - Jarvis Varnado (PF) 37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Trevor Booker (PF) 38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF) 39. New York (from LAC) - Stanley Robinson (SF) 40. Indiana - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG) 41. Miami (from NO) - Craig Brackins (PF) 42. Miami (from TOR) - Jordan Crawford (SG) 43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG) 44. Portland (from CHI) - Paulao Prestes (C) 45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF) 46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C) 47. Milwaukee - Armon Johnson (PG/SG) 48. Miami - Lazar Hayward (SF) 49. San Antonio - Ryan Richards (C) 50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C) 51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF) 52. Boston - Da’Sean Butler (SF) 53. Atlanta - Omar Samhan (C) 54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Jerome Randle (PG) 55. Utah - Alexey Shved (PG/SG) 56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Manny Harris (SG) 57. Indiana (from DAL) - Sylven Landesberg (SG) 58. LA Lakers - Dexter Pittman (C) 59. Orlando - Tiny Gallon (PF/C) 60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Charles Garcia (PF)
Alright, next up is the first full mock of the year.
Before this update, I had just done the first round, but I have now added the second round as I had time to read up and watch a bit more videos on the international prospects I wasn't too familiar with, while also seeing measurements and all that good stuff. This mock was done based on whatever news and rumors I have been come across about the stock of certain prospects, as well as what I think would make good sense where there hasn't been much news.
Going to save you from reading any more non-draft stuff. Remember to hit up the Big Board if you are curious about how I view a player.
Here it is:
Lottery: 1. Washington - John Wall (PG): The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock. 2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF): This pick could be moved so Philadelphia picks up more value as Turner and Iguodala duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much. I believe they would be almost equally as happy with Favors or Cousins, but right now Turner is the safer bet.
3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors (PF/C): Lopez isn’t really a brutish player down low, but he’s a skilled offensive player who can step out and hit a jumper. Favors is a brutish player and he has the athleticism Lopez lacks. This is a spectacular fit.
4. Minnesota - DeMarcus Cousins (C): This represents a BPA pick as DeMarcus has the potential to be dominant. It is also a pick which will drastically change the franchise as Al and Cousins likely cannot coexist, but Cousins is the larger and more talented of the two.
5. Sacramento - Wesley Johnson (SF): This is a tough pick for the Kings, and don’t be surprised to see them move down. They need talent which fits next to Evans, but they would highly prefer it to be a big with defensive ability. However, as the value isn’t there, they instead go for BPA and take Johnson - even though they already have Casspi and Greene.
6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C): The Warriors really don’t have a specific need besides being healthy and reorganizing their talent. Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.
7. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF): Detroit needs help just about everywhere, and as such they cannot afford passing up the potential Davis has on both ends of the floor. He’ll fill a huge hole in the Pistons rotation next year, possibly starting by year’s end.
8. LA Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF): Aminu fills a huge hole at SF for the Clippers, while also having the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small. This pick would leave them heavily reliant on the PG position for playmaking, but it could also create matchup nightmares for opponents.
9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C): Gift wrapping Utah an NBA-ready defensive Center would be like an early Christmas, even if he isn’t the BPA. He doesn’t offer much upside, but it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.
10. Indiana - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C): This is a tough spot for Indiana. Do they go with upside or readiness? Athleticism or skill? Size or playmaking? They kind of get all of that here. Henry could get a look here as BPA, but Udoh makes more sense.
11. New Orleans - Xavier Henry (SG/SF): Henry is the BPA at this point, and the Hornets love that he fell. Not only does Henry fill a gigantic hole in the Hornets rotation, but he also has the potential to be a plus player on both ends of the floor, and also has the length to play SF when Thornton is sharing the court with him.
12. Memphis - Paul George (SG/SF): If they allow Gay to walk, then George would look like an excellent fit - and even if they do not, Mayo, George, and Gay could all play on the floor together and create huge mismatch problems with their athleticism and scoring ability.
13. Toronto - Patrick Patterson (PF): Losing Bosh is certainly going to sting, but Toronto can’t panic. Patterson - while not a high potential player like the BPA Whiteside - could immediately come in and be a nice fit next to Bargnani.
14. Houston - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C): Upside pick that Houston can afford to take. Even if they make a play for Bosh or if they decide to keep Scola for another year; Donatas could learn on the bench in a system that seems like it would fit his strength. Whiteside could get a look here as BPA, but the red flags likely cause him to slip a little.
Rest of 1st Round: 15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - James Anderson (SG/SF): Jennings needs a guy to play off his dominant ball-handling that can shoot and occasionally take it to the rim. Anderson brings that as well as decent playmaking and defense to the table for a team that could use the help on the wing immediately.
16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C): The Timberwolves really need help on the wing, but as three good wing prospects just went before them, they are left looking at tweener guards, tweener forwards, or the BPA in Whiteside. I think they choose Whiteside and see if a Love, Cousins, Whiteside rotation will work.
17. Chicago (from MIL) - Willie Warren (SG): Warren has certainly fallen out of favor with the masses over the past year, but I still think he has the upside to be pretty good in the NBA. Working off more talented players, he could be a deadly sharpshooter with handles. It’s all about finding players to fit next to Rose and the FAs they bring in, I think Warren is what they’re looking for.
18. Miami - Avery Bradley (PG/SG): Bradley isn’t currently ready to play PG in a traditional role, but the Heat don’t need that if they keep Wade. He can immediately step in and give them excellent defense as well as solid shooting in his limited minutes, while learning to become more of a playmaker.
19. Boston - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF): Babbitt measured out better than almost everyone expected, and while I’m still not high on him, it will probably get him selected before the late-1st. I don’t think the Celtics could justify taking an athletic PF/C like Sanders when they have a bigger need for offensive production, so Babbitt gets the look here as one of the most skilled offensive players on the board.
20. San Antonio - Damion James (SF/PF): They need toughness, length, and shooting at the SF spot since Jefferson clearly didn’t give them that. James brings those qualities and seems like a Popovich kind of player, so he’s the pick.
21. Oklahoma City - Daniel Orton (C): I personally would dislike this pick if I were an OKC fan; however this is a mock, not my big board. Some team will reach for him early because of his size, athleticism, and thug-like nature on the court; and I think that team will be the Thunder as he is a hometown player who also fills a big need.
22. Portland - Gani Lawal (PF): They were decimated by injuries last year, and will likely have Oden and Przybilla start off the year watching games in suits. Lawal style of play puts the ‘Power’ in Power Forward, and should prove to be a good bench player.
23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF): Minnesota likely moves up in the draft using this pick, but if not, I like Ebanks here. Sanders is BPA, but as they took two bigs already, they need to take a wing. Ebanks makes three picks for MIN in this mock with rumored attitude problems, but he also gives them a player with great role player potential especially on the defensive side, and seems like a good fit in Rambis’ scheme.
24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C): The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for. However, seeing that he’s put on about 15lbs of “good” weight in the past two seasons (he only has 4.6% body fat); I think he could eventually bulk up to 240-250 and be a menace for Atlanta.
25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG): Conley doesn’t seem to be a guy worth considering part of their core, even though he’s a decent player. As such, they go BPA here and go with Bledsoe who - even if Conley is kept longterm - can play a role as a comboguard off the bench that will give them a great defender and decent shooting.
26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Gordon Hayward (SF): I don’t know if they keep both picks, but I’ll pick as they will. They already took Orton, so now they need to keep filling in role players around their star duo. Hayward, if he can be consistent in his stroke, would be a fine scorer on the wing to work off of Westbrook and/or Durant.
27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Terrico White (SG): The Nets should use this pick to guess at the type of role player a star FA would want to surround him. You can never have enough role players who are very athletic as well as being decent shooters - and so even though they already have CDR on the bench, I think they go with White.
28. Memphis (from LAL) - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C): The Grizzlies take him and then keep him overseas for a year until they have room. Once they bring him over, it seems like he and Gasol would work well together and he’d bring much needed athleticism combined with balanced skills.
29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF): Hobson is a decent athlete, can handle the ball, and shoot it from deep. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.
30. Washington (from CLE) - Solomon Alabi (C): Could he slip all the way to the last pick in the 1st round? It’s possible, especially when a lot of teams don’t necessarily need a C at the end of the 1st in this mock. He gives the Wizards a legit C with good defense and budding skills, as well as a high character guy. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a big-minute player, but this is good value.
2nd Round: 31. New Jersey - Miroslav Raduljica (C) 32. Oklahoma City (from MIN) - Dominique Jones (SG) 33. Sacramento - Jerome Jordan (C) 34. Golden State - Quincy Pondexter (SF) 35. Washington - Stanley Robinson (SF) 36. Detroit - Artsiom Parakhouski (C) 37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Trevor Booker (PF) 38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF) 39. New York (from LAC) - Jarvis Varnado (PF) 40. Indiana - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG) 41. Miami (from NO) - Elliot Williams (SG) 42. Miami (from TOR) - Craig Brackins (SF/PF) 43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Armon Johnson (PG/SG) 44. Portland (from CHI) - Pablo Aguilar (PF) 45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF) 46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C) 47. Milwaukee - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG) 48. Miami - Robin Benzing (SF) 49. San Antonio - Jordan Crawford (SG) 50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C) 51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Alexey Shved (PG/SG) 52. Boston - Matt Bouldin (PG/SG) 53. Atlanta - Paulao Prestes (C) 54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Lazar Hayward (SF) 55. Utah - Da’Sean Butler (SG/SF) 56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Vladimir Dasic (SF/PF) 57. Indiana (from DAL) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF) 58. LA Lakers - Dexter Pittman (C) 59. Orlando - Charles Garcia (PF) 60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
Been a little busy enjoying the summer, but I'm back working on this site again to get us all ready for the draft.
I just finished doing a major update to my big board, where instead of just having their name next to their rank, I now have a short synopsis of how I view the players and their attributes. Now, admittedly I am not an international expert, so those players will have shorter descriptions which may be far less helpful than looking at their respective DX, nbadraft.net, or ESPN page - but nonetheless I hope this is a helpful tool as you continue to get to know prospects strengths and weaknesses before the draft. In the coming weeks I'll be tweaking the descriptions more depending on the type of feedback I get.
Well, without further ado, the updated Big Board out to my 10th tier: (As a reminder, the rule is that I would be able to go down one tier for need, this makes tiers more flexible and blended)
Tier 1: 1. John Wall - Elite athlete who takes advantage of fast breaks and drives seams well. Great defensive potential and comes up with big plays on that end though sometimes has mental lapses. Can create his own shot with ease, but will need to work on refining his jumper to become a complete offensive player. Prone for handling errors and tends to force things at times, but can also do some spectacular things with the ball. Is a good mix of pure and scoring point guard tendencies. Tier 2: 2. Derrick Favors - Physical specimen with rare combination of strength and athleticism. Could play either frontcourt spot offensively, but needs to work on his jumpshot if he’s to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘4’ and his post skills if he’s going to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘5’. Tends to lose his dribble when executing post moves, but has great hands and should be a monster in terms of efficiency. At his peak, he should be one of the best defenders and rebounders, but he might lack the desire or passion on the court to be a dominant offensive player.
3. Evan Turner - A complete prospect. He is a good playmaker, handler, and floor general from the wing spot and will create mismatches because of his array of talents. Needs to keep working on his long-range jumpers, but currently has one of the best mid-range games in the draft, while also being comfortable driving to the rim - however in this area he is turnover-prone as he is too loose with his handle. He should be a plus defender because of his effort, even though he’s not the best of athletes. Might be facing an uphill battle to be a superstar, as he lacks the tools normally seen in those players, thus his potential is limited.
4. DeMarcus Cousins - He’s a dominant player in the post, able to bull over most people guarding him, but also blessed with surprisingly quick feet. Uses his body to gobble up rebounds on both ends, and has the touch to finish shots around the basket even though he’s not an explosive athlete to throw them down with ease. Has problems with maturity on the court, but not off of it. This leads him to pick up silly fouls and sometimes be an indifferent defender. Sometimes his fire is a good thing, however, as it’s what causes him to be dominant at times.
Tier 3: 5. Wesley Johnson - Elite athlete on the wing with a very effective jumper with NBA 3pt range and quick release. Doesn’t look uncomfortable with the ball, but not relied upon to handle the ball and doesn’t use his dribble to attack the basket effectively despite his physical advantages. Because of this, it leads one to believe he’ll never be seen as a star in the NBA. Good rebounder that takes advantage of positioning and his leaping ability to be an asset in that area. Defensively, he has the tools, but tends to gamble - though playing within the zone makes it hard to see how he’ll translate.
Tier 4: 6. Ed Davis - Before his season ended with a broken wrist, he showed improvement on both ends of the floor. Able to create for himself in the post as well as establish position against bigger players. Showed good touch around the hoop, but needs to add a reliable jumper to be a dangerous offensive player. Defensively, he possesses great timing and is a plus in both man and weakside situations. Can guard face-up ‘4’s effectively on the perimeter. Tends to be a little passive on the court, which brings up questions if he can ever be “the man”.
7. Xavier Henry - Overshadowed by veterans, Henry still showed his ability to play at both ends of the court and the potential to be a deadeye shooter. Has a smooth jumper with effortless release, but had a midseason slump where it was extremely streaky. Deceptively good athlete, who isn’t explosive around the rim but is able to create for himself when the situation calls for it. Not the best handler or playmaker, if he’s going to be anything more than a scorer he needs to improve in those areas. Has the length, athleticism, and strength to defend either wing position.
Tier 5: 8. Greg Monroe - Spectacular playmaker in the frontcourt who plays more like a guard than a big. Because of that, he also sports a decent jumpshot and is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter. The downside, however, is that he’s relatively soft when playing in the post and can be easily rooted from position. Defensively, his lack of great athleticism and length, combined with the absence of the mentality to own the paint, causes him to be a neutral-at-best player on that end.
9. Al-Farouq Aminu - An intriguing combination of great length, agility, and instincts makes him an outstanding defensive prospect that can guard either Forward spot. Has a nose for the ball when it comes to rebounding. Offensively, he’s raw, having an unreliable jumper and making odd decisions when trying to make plays for himself or teammates. He is effective, however, when set up with spot-up jumpers or off offensive rebound opportunities.
10. Ekpe Udoh - Great athleticism and the biggest shoulders known to mankind are likely huge influences in helping make him a great defensive player both in man and weakside situations. Makes good decisions with the ball when making plays, however dribbles it way too high when driving to the rim. Decent jumper and post-game, but should not be relied upon as one of the top options - upside is that of a role player.
11. Paul George - Great athlete with the size and length to create mismatch problems on either end. Streaky jumpshooter who was relied upon too much in college, may become much more efficient as a 2nd or 3rd option as he shows pure form on his shot and great efficiency in spot-up situations. Ability to make plays and handle the ball is a plus. Defensively, he tends to gamble more than he should.
12. Hassan Whiteside - Being an elite weakside defender but raw man defender makes him an intriguing prospect. Great athlete with the ability to effectively guard players on the perimeter. Has a surprisingly good jumper and a decent post-game, but has tunnel vision once he gets the ball. He needs to work on his game in the post (offensively, defensively in man situations, and rebounding) to realize his great potential. A huge boom or bust prospect.
13. Cole Aldrich - Ready-made player who is a great rebounder and post defender. Has decent touch and an adequate jumper. However, he is not a good athlete and doesn’t assert himself offensively, which limits his upside.
Tier 6: 14. Donatas Motiejunas - Great athlete with a versatile game which allows him to play inside or out, play fast-paced or in the half-court. Needs to toughen up and work on his interior game to realize his great potential, otherwise he will need to be an extremely efficient offensive player to make up for the other areas in his game.
15. Devin Ebanks - Excellent defender who excels at shutting down great perimeter players despite only having decent athleticism and physical tools. He needs to bulk up to be a good post defender against the bigger ‘3’s and most ‘4’s in the NBA. Possesses a good jumper out to 15-18 feet, but efficiency drops off the map once he gets near the 3pt line even though he has good form. Passing ability is a plus, but should not be relied upon to handle the ball. Lack of athleticism and polished offensive game limit his upside.
16. Patrick Patterson - Very polished player who is good in just about every aspect you judge a PF on. Has good strength, athleticism, size, and motor which means the mismatches against him will be few and far between. Worked on his jumper so now he can spot-up out to the 3pt line with good efficiency. Lost the mentality to go after every board, and also still cannot handle or create for himself outside of the post which means he’s almost certainly a role player.
17. James Anderson - Good athlete possessing a great jumper with unlimited range as well as the ability to finish at the rim through contact. Does not look comfortable handling the ball, almost always going left when he drives and sometimes unable to create for himself when guarded by a skilled defender. Uses screens well, however, which should help him be an effective 3rd option in the NBA - however he’ll need to continue working on his handle to be anything more. Is an above average defender who tends to stay home instead of gamble.
Tier 7: 18. Avery Bradley - Great athlete and elite defender. Only offensive weapon is his jumper, both off the dribble and spotting up - but he doesn’t effectively take it to the rim nor does he draw contact. Needs to work on his handle and playmaking ability to realize his potential.
19. Willie Warren - If he were two inches taller he’d be a great prospect even though he had a down year, however at 6’4 without great length he’s small for a SG and his weaknesses become magnified. Great dribbler and ability to finish around the rim, also possesses a streaky jumpshot which is money if it’s on. However, he is an indifferent defender and even though his team was dysfunctional last year, he wasn’t helping with his selfish mentality.
20. Damion James - Nice athlete with good size and skills for a role-player SF. Tough-nosed defender who can defend most perimeter players and some post players. Has a decent jumper and can create for himself, but isn’t a guy you want handling the ball often due to his lack of playmaking ability and not being a good dribbler even when comparing him to other SFs.
21. Larry Sanders - Very athletic frontcourt player with excellent length, but lacking the strength required to guard some of the bigger post players. However, he is a great weakside defender and has solid man defensive skills. Needs to crash the boards with more fervor, as he plays a bit soft. Has worked on developing a jumper, but could stand to improve both that and his post skills.
22. Kevin Seraphin - Intruiging player with a great package of size, strength, athleticism, and length in the frontcourt. Could play either spot offensively or defensively. Needs to keep developing his offensive repertoire.
23. Eric Bledsoe - Great athlete who was forced to play out of position for most of his minutes. Showed the ability to guard either backcourt spot and was extremely focused when doing so, having few lapses. Has a good jumper, but far too often takes bad shots and is wild when driving to the rim. His playmaking skills did not appear to be very good compared to most PGs, so he’ll need to work on that or play next to a ball-dominant player who can handle the ball.
24. Darington Hobson - A versatile wing with great playmaking ability, good handles, and a nice jumper. Struggles with efficiency when guarded with long, athletic players; but at the next level he won’t be the focus of defenses as he was in his one year in the NCAA. He needs to work on his game off the ball, as well as defensive intensity to maximize his potential as a role player.
25. Gordon Hayward - Smooth player with surprising athleticism and a good jumper, however he appeared to be very streaky this year after a consistent freshman season. Plays tougher than he looks, and also is an effective defender when he’s focused. Can rebound the ball and make plays at an above average clip compared to most other SF prospects. Needs to improve his handle and become more consistent on both ends of the court.
Tier 8: 26. Artsiom Parakhouski - Skilled player with great size, decent athleticism, and the mentality people look for in a post player. Goes after every rebound and utilizes good positioning and effort to secure it. Not an explosive leaper, but still a good defender at the college level due to his size and positioning, though he struggled outside the paint. Plays below the rim, but shows good touch around the hoop and has a reliable jumper to help space the floor.
27. Terrico White - Great athlete with good length for the SG spot. Possesses solid playmaking skills and can help handle the ball, though he showed far less of this his sophomore year. Can create for himself in the halfcourt and good at driving the seams, however can be a bit reckless in his decisions which leads to him taking a few too many contested jumpers. An indifferent defender, he needs to show more intensity on this end and make use of his tools to realize his full potential and possibly become a very good starter.
28. Luke Babbitt - Very good offensive skills. Able to create for himself despite only having average handles and playing as an average or below average athlete. Has range well beyond the 3pt line, and also is dangerous close to the hoop. Surprisingly good playmaker with good vision for a combo forward. Defensively he gives effort, but frequently looks overmatched when guarding players with NBA athleticism and thus isn’t an effective defender.
29. Gani Lawal – Explosive, powerful player who has developed offensive skills in the post. Missing a reliable jumper to make him an extremely dangerous offensive player - FTs need help too. Blessed with great athleticism and length, with good length and motor. Crashes the boards well. Defensively he needs to focus more as he’s prone to picking up silly fouls and allows easy baskets a bit too often.
30. Quincy Pondexter - Great athlete who relies upon playing bigger and stronger than he is to overpower opponents. The lack of a reliable jumper and good handles could hurt him in the NBA, as his interior game will not be nearly as effective and thus he may be in for a harsh transition. Defensively, he’s very good as he shows effort and intensity so his tools are used to their fullest.
31. Craig Brackins - Skilled offensive player whose efficiency will increase when he’s not asked to carry the load. Has well developed post moves, a good midrange game, and has the ability to extend his range beyond the 3pt line in time to - when combined with his playmaking ability - become a dangerous offensive role player. Defensively, however, he is likely going to be a negative for his team, as he hasn’t seemed interested on that end.
32. Stanley Robinson - Great athlete who uses this athleticism to be a quality defender as well as an exciting player in transition or when crashing the boards offensively. Has a decent jumper, but needs to continue to improve it to become a good role player. Lacks good handles and strength, thus tends to play outside far more than inside.
Tier 9: 33. Jerome Jordan - Athletic, long player with skills on both ends. Is inconsistent in his level of play which makes it hard to project where he could go in his career. Needs to work on his jumper if he wants to be seen as a starter.
34. Daniel Orton - He’s a body blessed with great physical tools. Right now he’s raw on both ends, showing glimpses of having a decent face-up game and defensive potential to go along with those tools. Knee problems may scare off some teams, as will his tendency to play like a thug and thus pick up lots of fouls. Has a lot of work to do to become a decent NBA player, but the potential is there.
35. Solomon Alabi - Nice athlete from the C spot who can make a significant impact defensively thanks to his timing and ability to harass opposing big and guards both in the post and when he’s forced out to the perimeter. Plays a little soft, however, and needs to assert himself more on the boards - hands need work as well. Has a nice jump hook and stroke from the line, which bodes well for his ability to become a decent option in the post if he continues to improve.
36. Jarvis Varnado - Great weakside defender with outstanding timing. As a man defender, he’s in for a tough transition as he’s too small to guard most post players, and not quite agile enough to guard some face-up ‘4’s. Quality rebounder despite his lack of strength, thanks to his fundamentals. Needs to continue to work on his jumper to make a successful transition to PF.
37. Elliot Williams - Good athlete who relies on his ability to drive to the rim and finish through contact, but needs to work on his handle to become ambidextrous with the ball. Possesses an improving jumper, but needs to keep working on it to make a smooth transition to the NBA. Solid playmaker, but prone to trying to be too fancy with the ball and thus be a bit turnover prone despite not being ball-dominant. Defensively, he is below average, but this should not be his focus as his role in the NBA will be that of a scorer.
Tier 10: 38. Lance Stephenson - Good playmaker and handler for a SG, also possesses a knack for creating separation and getting up tough shots. Overly confident in his abilities, pressing too hard and frequently taking shots which are too tough instead of pulling back and passing the ball. Defensively, he shows good intensity at times, but most of the time he’s an indifferent defender. If he continues to work on his game, he has high potential, but doesn’t seem to get it.
39. Dominique Jones - A bull of a guard who loves driving to the rim and has good touch around the basket despite not being a great athlete. Decent handle and playmaking ability, can also create separation for himself, but his jumper isn’t reliable. Defensively, he puts forth good effort, but isn’t very effective.
40. Da’Sean Butler - Streaky jumpshooter who comes up big in the clutch. Knee injury may knock his athleticism down a notch, but at WVU he was an average athlete. Very complete offensive player, able to handle and make plays while also being able to drive to the rim and create separation for himself in the halfcourt. Defensively, he was mostly hidden, and doesn’t seem to possess the ability to do more than put a hand up.
41. Jordan Crawford - Volume shooter whose efficiency tailed off in bigger games. However, he can create for himself and is able to get off shots in tough situations. Playmaking and handling are there, but not a strength. On the defensive side, he looks indifferent much of the time.
42. Trevor Booker - Surprising athlete who is skilled and can rock the rim. Has worked on a jumper and has range out to 18-20 feet. Nice defensive skills, active down low and very physical. Needs to become more physical on the boards and learn better fundamentals.
43. Mikhail Torrance - SG with some very nice PG skills, however doesn’t have a takeover mentality nor athleticism which will wow anyone, thus is a classic tweener. Defensively he’ll be a liability.
44. Derrick Caracter - Big, strong post player with excellent post skills and touch around the basket. Tough-nosed rebounder and very physical defensively - however is relatively ineffective against skilled opponents and isn’t much of a weakside defender due to below average athleticism.
45. Miroslav Raduljica - Very skilled post player with legit size, range on his jumper, and decent court vision. Lacks defensive ability and toughness, and is also a subpar rebounder.
46. Pablo Aguilar - A below average athlete, he makes his living off his smooth jumper and being a smart offensive player. Defensively he’s active, but he lacks the physical tools to be a plus defender at the NBA level - only a pest.
47. Tyler Smith - Immaturity destroyed his NBA prospects, but outside of that is a solid prospect with good playmaking, average defensive ability, a decent jumper and solid physical attributes. If he can show that he’s matured, and can improve the range on his jumper out to the NBA 3pt line, he could be a solid player.
48. Lazar Hayward - Good athlete with legit size for a SF. Possesses a nice jumper with NBA range, but lacks good handles and playmaking to be anything more than a role player offensively. Defensively, shows very good effort and has the potential to be a plus defender.
49. Greivis Vasquez - Was a star in college. Good size, handles, jumper, and playmaking. His problem lies with his poor athleticism, where it is a hindrance that he cannot get around defensively, and offensively will make his transition to the pros a bumpy one.
50. Armon Johnson - Explosive guard who is at his best attacking so he can create for himself or his teammates. Spot up jumper is suspect, as is the range on it - so if he’s going to make it in the NBA it will need to be improved. Defensively, he has the tools, but seems disinterested at times.
51. Sylven Landesberg - Smooth offensive player that can create for himself and others at the SG spot, however he’s still quite raw and doesn’t always make the best play. Athletically, he is average or below average; which, when combined with his mentality defensively, makes him a minus on that end of the floor.
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After nearly two years without a budget, the state of Illinois and those who depend on it may be running out of time. Lawmakers are scrambling to approve a new budget before a midnight deadline on Friday but an agreement between Republicans, led by Gov. Bruce Rauner, and the Democratic leaders in the legislature appears distant.
A long post, basically just posting up my first talk I gave to my youth group last Friday. It was on Philippians 3:1-14. I hope it encourages you as much as it encouraged me to write!
Imagine if the Apostle Paul visited you today. What would he say? To be honest, I am pretty scared of Paul, he would be so angry at all the sin, all the cliques, all the selfishness. I mean, he called the Galations fools! He was pretty full on. But Paul in this passage we’ll see makes it clear that we are to rejoice! To rejoice!
It is essentially his last topic sentence of this letter. And like a good essay, it is building on what was already said before. Chapter 1 we see Paul is in prison for the gospel, and he is in partnership in the gospel with the Philippian church. In the gospel, Paul is also taking a courageous stand, that may end in death, but is all for the glory of God. Then in Chapter 2 we see Paul encouraging an attitude of Christ-like humility - which is putting others above yourself - in response to the gospel that Jesus did the exact same. These all culminate in his appeal that the Philippians “rejoice in the Lord”. But, aren’t all the things Paul just said previously pretty tough things to do? They require effort, sacrifice and oh, maybe even death. Brilliant. Where does the rejoicing come from then?
We’ll see that Paul is basically saying “Rejoice, by looking to Jesus” Keep that in your head. Rejoice, by looking to Jesus, as we see how Paul looks backwards, looks upwards and finally looks forward to explain his appeal to the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord.
Paul Looks Backwards The immediate context of his urging for the Philippians to rejoice is actually in response to a danger in the church. We see Paul’s warning in v2. “Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.” The danger was that people in the church were reverting back to Jewish customs. They were looking backward to their life pre-Jesus, and actually going back to it. Paul makes it clear in the next few verses the differences pre-Jesus and in-Jesus. (We don’t really ever get post-Jesus, we never go beyond Jesus). It’s there in your outline. Pre-Jesus – Boast in Self, as opposed to in-Jesus – Boast in Jesus. Some of the Philippians were boasting in their own good works to be right with God.
What does Paul do? Well, he looks back himself to where he was pre-Jesus. This is like his CV, a list of all his achievements. v5 “If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.”
Paul is totally boasting here. And if you were a Jew, you’d be super impressed. Paul is saying he is the closest anyone could be to being a good person. In modern day terms, he is like the Minister’s kid, who can recite the whole of John, who never complains about doing the dishes, who is in our eyes, perfect, especially compared to us. But Paul knows that we shouldn’t be comparing our good works with each other, we actually need to compare them with Jesus.
And so we get to our 2nd Point – Paul looks upwards. Paul says we need to put Jesus into the picture, and that changes everything! v7 “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Straight after his immaculate CV, Paul says compared to Christ, everything on Paul’s achievement list is rubbish. His CV has turned out to actually be a criminal record, a loss to his personal standing. The almost perfect Paul says it’s all for nothing. Three things arise from that. Well, firstly, it gives hope to all of us who feel like we were never up to God’s standards in the first place, who have nothing on our CV, who know how far we are from God. Paul says none of that matters, every good work he has done to make him feel more confident in his goodness is just more rubbish on the heap.
Secondly, it humbles us who think we have our goodness all sorted. Oh, we’re from a good Christian family, a good school Christian group, a good church. But that is all pointless if you don’t have faith in Jesus. Those are good things, but they become bad if you rely on them, instead of Jesus. They become rubbish.
And finally, that gets us questioning, what is it about Jesus that changes the playing field so much? Why does looking to Jesus make Paul rejoice, even though it basically meant all he had worked for in the early part of his life was meaningless.
Well, that is answered in Verse 10 “To know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead” Ok, everyone, you need to put on your seatbelts because this verse needs some serious unpacking.
First, to “Know Christ” That’s not to know about Christ or to know of Christ, it is to know him. Like you would know your parents or a friend. Paul knows Jesus, meaning he has a personal relationship with him. That might not seem so special, yeah, Paul knows this dude called Christ, but then.
“Know the power of his resurrection”. Woah, this isn’t some ordinary guy, he rose from the dead! And again, this is Paul “knowing” the power of his resurrection, and this isn’t the objective textbook “ I know the answer” kind of know. When Paul says know the power of his resurrection, he is basically saying “To personally experience the power of his resurrection”. How can he do that? Well this is where we have to answer the question, what isthe “power” of his resurrection. What was achieved at the resurrection?
The answer? The defeat of sin and death. We as humans were under a curse for rebelling against God, and enslaved in the reality that because of our sin we would die. What Jesus achieved when he died and rose again was that we were free from sin and death, and could ac