Monthly Archives: January 2015

Mavericks Struggling

 

The Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association have been a team that has experienced tremendous amounts of success over the last several years. The talent has been projected by superstar Dirk Nowitzki, who was drafted nearly twenty years ago out of Germany. It is pretty unprecedented to possess such a star in the NBA for nearly two decades, but the Dallas Mavericks have enjoyed success since Dirk joined the roster in the late nineties and solidified his success with an NBA title several years ago. The Mavericks have been an insanely talented team in the Western Conference and they got even better earlier this season when they made a massive trade with the Boston Celtics that sent Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks. Since then they have been on an insane winning streak, but it has come to an end as of recent. They got beat up in their last game and on Sunday they dropped a game to the dismal New Orleans Pelicans who are perhaps one of the worst teams in the NBA. This season has produced a ton of ups and downs for the Dallas organization and an emotional roller-coaster for fans like Haidar Barbouti, but they are still firmly in the mix of the playoff run. Owner Mark Cuban is clearly not happy about what has been transpiring in the city of Dallas and the organization looks to be making some changes to ensure their success in the second half of the season.

Liberal Arts is Behind Veitch’s Successful Leadership Role at Occidental

Who is Jonathan Veitch, and what is his tie to Hollywood? As the scion of a well known Hollywood family, Veitch has carved his career out of being a top of the line fundraiser amidst hard economic times.

He was born in Los Angeles in 1959. After doing stints at both Harvard and Stanford, he served as dean in New York of the New School’s Eugene Lang college. Later, he went on to become Occidental College’s president. The liberal arts school, located in Eagle Rock, was also attended by President Barack Obama for two years. Veitch’s hiring at Occidental was an answer to a lot of prayers, due to the college’s unstable leadership in previous years. The campus has had four presidents since 2005.

With degrees from both Harvard and Stanford, Veitch made Lang’s student body increase dramatically while connecting the college with outside arts and social service organizations.

Born in Los Angeles, his ties to Hollywood run deep. His step grandfather was Alan Ladd. Jonathan’s father, John, was also president of Columbia Pictures for many years.
Attending Stanford during his undergraduate years, Veitch moved on to get a doctorate in History of American Civilization from Harvard. As a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Veitch was a teacher of English for four years.

Veitch began as president of Occidental College in 2009. The private liberal arts school was founded in 1887. Veitch’s specialty is American Literature and 19th-20th century film. He is very well acquainted with the works of American author Nathanael West.
While working at Occidental, Veitch has made attempts to improve community relations with those residents who live near the campus itself. He has also made strides on alcohol awareness with college students, reassuring the neighborhood residents that the college will not make an aggressive expansion outward. Various issues have been met on and discussed between Veitch and other community members.

Veitch has recently presided over the solar array introduction. The solar array can give off one megawatt of power to the campus. As a skillful fundraiser in his own right, Veitch has helped with larger private endowments for Occidental. He has also expressed his gratitude to be back in Los Angeles for his work at Occidental. He was gone from Los Angeles for many years, the home he came from. He is the first Los Angeles native to be president at Occidental.

The value of liberal arts and the education that comes with it are very important to Veitch. After all, it is his strong liberal arts background that has made him so successful.

“Deflategate” Casts Dark Shadow Over Patriots 2015 Entry To the Superbowl

 

Even if sports, or football in particular, is not your thing there is absolutely no avoiding all of they hype surrounding the Superbowl. There is a dark cloud hanging over one of the two competing teams. The New England Patriots have been boldly accused of purposefully using deflated footballs during their last playoff game (which they obviously won. The controversy is so big that is has even been dubbed “deflategate”. Truly would partially deflated footballs turn the tide in favor of the Patriots? Seems hard to believe plus doesn’t the NFL have people checking the equipment to ensure that everything is game ready? According to Oliveira, Quarterback Tom Brady is offended by the allegations. Like another team with a significant win they want to enjoy it for awhile during preparations for the biggest showdown of the year. The entire debacle could have simply been a human mistake rather than a calculated attempt at victory. Surely on Sunday the balls will be checked twice, using the Santa method, so nobody’s integrity is called into question this Superbowl.

Celtics Buzzer Beater

 

The Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association are a team that has struggled mightily this season, especially after they made the tough decision to trade Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in a move that completely erased the championship team that they fought so hard to build a handful of years ago. That was a great era, but the Celtics decided that they needed to clear house and start from scratch, and they will get to do that next year due to some high draft picks that they have acquired coupled with their low amount of wins this season. They have not won hardly any games since Rondo took off to Texas, but they got a big win last night in the final seconds of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, which also saw superstar LaMarcus Aldridge leave the game with a thumb injury. The Celtics were down by two points and had the ball in the final seconds of the game and made a truly terrible play when Jared Sullinger fell down on the ground in the paint. He then laid out for the ball and managed to reel it back in and huck it over to Evan Turner in the corner. It turned out to be a good play after all, as he pulled up and took the shot and buried it, leaving two seconds on the game clock and icing the game. Fulminense.com says that fans of the Celtics are hurting but are looking forward to a strong return next season. Business owners like Zeca Oliveira hope the Celtics can bring the trophy back to bean town.

Bulls Take Down Warriors

The Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association did something the other night that hardly any teams in the country can say they have done in the 2014-2015 season. They took down the streaking Golden State Warriors in a game that they were the big underdog and proved that every team can lose on any given night. The Bulls have been storming back to prominence over the last few weeks after the team was circulating around the news, due to comments made by superstar Derrick Rose about his frustration with his team, that Sultan Alhokair captured and shared on his YouTube that includes statements denoting that they just were not playing well together or near the ability that they possess on their roster. They took to what he said well and started playing much more cohesive basketball, but no one thought they would take down the Warriors on Tuesday night after media day in the National Football League. Rose had other things in mind and the Bulls fought back after going down in the first half. What is more incredible is the fact that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both had amazing games. Thompson looked like he was going for another 37 in the first quarter, as he dropped fifteen points in about three minutes. Curry started out in the first six minutes of play with ten points and seven assists, but the both of them took their foot off the gas a bit and they ended up losing.

Lynch on Interviews

According to the this serious NFL groupie that I follow on hotfrog.com,  Gianfrancesco Genoso, There was a ton of speculation as there always is when running back Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to give an interview, as he is not the biggest fan of talking to the media. In fact, he has become incredibly well known, and notoriously funny when he does conduct his interviews. Some have described his tactics as childish. Some have described it as comedic, but no one can say that his interviews are not entertaining and no one can say that they are predictable. No one knows what is going to come out of his mouth, if he will answer questions regularly, or if he will even show up to the interview in the first place.

He hasn’t stated a reason that he doesn’t like giving interviews, but he doesn’t want to get fined anymore and has found a loophole. He simply answers each and every question with a short response that he will say every single time, regardless of the questions that are asked of him. It is kind of brilliant in a way. He is technically doing the required interviews by his contract, but he is not giving them any of the information that they are trying to extract from him so they can write their stories and do their broadcasts and spin it whichever way they see fit. He made it clear why he was at the media day event on Tuesday when he repeatedly told everyone that he was only there so he wouldn’t get fined

Romo Weighs in

 

It seems like every former and current quarterback that has ever played in the National Football League is coming forward to state their own personal opinions on the deflate gate case that has taken the media by storm over the last week. There is literally no end in sight regarding the case, even after Bill Belichick and Tom Brady both gave press conferences yesterday to address the situation. Tony Romo chimed in earlier today to state his views on what happened and he seemed to mimic a good portion of what other players have been saying around the league. He didn’t take hard blame at Brady like people such as Troy Aikman have been doing, but he did say that the coaches have nothing to do with the balls and stated that Bill Belichick probably was clueless to the situation. He then went on to say that it is the quarterbacks and the ball boys that are touching the ball and that really is it. He said that if you want to get to the bottom of the situation you are going to have to talk to one of them and since Tom Brady has already made it very clear that he will not own up to any wrongdoings, the only one left to talk to is the unknown ball boys for the New England Patriots. However, Mark Brunell stated earlier today that no ball boy will do anything to a football unless instructed by the quarterback. Boards on pinterest.com have started popping up dissing Tom Brady managed by disgruntled fans like Haidar Barbouti.

Use Skout to Foster New Relationships

 Have you grown tired of the regular dating scene? Have you become completely fed up with putting your profile online at one dating site after another, only to end up with nothing more than what amounts to some awkward first date that turns into nothing in the end? The truth is, most people have experienced this and many people experience it frequently. Part of the reason is because most people do not necessarily meet the way that your parents and your grandparents did. Today, more people spend time on social media and they are actually online more than they are offline. As a result, you might find yourself looking for that special someone and not really having any luck. Maybe an you are really only looking for someone to have a casual relationship with or to develop a new friendship. Either way, Skout is the perfect way to accomplish all of these things.

Skout is a new app that can run either on the iPhone or on Android operating system. You might think of it as another dating site but the truth is, it is much different than any traditional dating site. With Skout, you don’t have to sit there and spend all day entering all of your information and you don’t feel like you are being asked about every event that has happened to you since childhood. You simply have the chance to meet other people that are in your area who are also interested in meeting someone. It is a very simple concept, yet it is one that is extremely solid.

Once you sign up with Skout and you have your account created, you get alerts when other people are in your area that are also on the site. You can then choose to get in touch with that individual and you have the chance to enjoy an intimate dinner or a simple telephone conversation. The choice is entirely up to you. Perhaps the best part about Skout is that it is not a service that is dedicated to finding someone so you can get married. Instead, it is an app that is dedicated to helping you meet people in the same geographic area that you are in and allows you to build your own relationships the way that you choose to build them.

With Skout, you are always in total control. There are never any intimidating question and answer sessions and you have the opportunity to take the relationship as far as you choose. By the same token, you also have the opportunity to keep the relationship at a very simple level where you might only see each other once in awhile. Think of it as something that simply alerts you to other people that are close by who are looking for a new friend or a new relationship. You can then take it from there on your own.

The thing that really makes Skout different is that it is truly mobile so you can get alerts wherever you happen to be at the moment. In addition, it is the first service of its kind that really puts each individual in control of the types of relationships that they want to have. In addition, Skout is a service that really speaks to younger generations and allows young people to meet others using a platform that they are already accustomed to using. It is very much like using any other social media platform, with the exception that its intention is to help people develop relationships of all kinds.

John Textor and the Rise of Visual Effects

Mr. John Textor is an entrepreneur and successful businessman in the digital imaging and entertainment industries. He started out his career as an economics major before founding Wyndcrest Holdings, a company focused on funding telecommunications and entertainment projects, in 1997. In the early 2000s, Mr. Textor built on the success of his first venture by climbing the leadership ladders of several companies before becoming chairman and chief executive officer of the Digital Domain Media Group in 2006.

Digital Domain Media Group is a visual effects company whose innovations in the field have led to a higher standard of digital imaging in the film industry as well as numerous awards. With Mr. Textor at the helm, Digital Domain provided the visual effects for over 20 popular feature films, including the highly successful Transformers series, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and the science fiction thriller Ender’s Game. The company was able to expand from its original California location to Florida, and under Mr. Textor’s leadership established a unique Bachelor’s-level dual-enrollment program for students wishing to pursue visual effects at Florida State University.

Mr. Textor’s tenure at Digital Domain resulted in the company’s re-emergence as a leader in the field of visual effects. In 2009, Digital Domain received an Academy Award for its work producing and animating a lifelike, authentic digital actor for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This achievement was a landmark feat that garnered widespread acclaim and recognition for the company. Digital Domain went on to follow up its success with a digital hologram of the deceased hip hop artist Tupac Shakur in 2012 under the guidance of John Textor, which performed at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. Additionally, the company was able to join in the creation of a digital holographic version of another famed musician, the late Elvis Presley.

In 2013, Mr. Textor began serving as the executive chairman of the board of Pulse Evolution Corporation, a visual effects company that specializes in creating and animating digital, photorealistic humans for use in films. At present, Mr. Textor continues to be an essential resource for his Pulse Evolution team. He is currently working on the animated film Art Story as a producer.

Ten Years Of The Sphere Of Silence

It has been ten years since “The Sphere Of Silence” was released out to the public. It is a milestone that the author Vijay Eswaran is celebrating. His work in this book has been enjoyed by many and has brought about a new way of thinking for a lot of people. They see the book as a way of learning more about listening to their own inner beings. By doing this, they are actually taking a tactic that most people unfortunately do not use at this moment.

The book contains a lot of the themes of Hinduism that Vijay Eswaran learned about as a young child. He learned so much about what it means to ignore the distractions that are a major part of the world that we live in. He says that these distractions may seem as though they provide us with the things that we need, but in reality they only distract us from listening to what is going on internally.

Unlocking one’s inner self is the way that we can tackle some of the big problems that we have in this world. Huge world conditions such as overpopulation and global warming are two things that Vijay believes needs to be handled. He says that the way that this can happen is to listen to what is going on in one’s internal self.

It is incredibly difficult to get anything major accomplished at all without the help of listening to one’s inner self. He firmly believes that this book can help people to better understand what is going on in their lives and hopefully adjust to what they need to do to listen to themselves for a while. This is the only way that things can start to get better as far as he is concerned. It is certainly an interesting read that anyone and everyone can get something from.

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