Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Are We Paying to Watch a Game or Ads?

Most people have gotten used to being advertised at constantly, even in places that they’ve paid to get into. There were complaints at first, but now everyone sits quietly through ads at the movies, and no one worries about an event being sponsored by some company or another. Recently, though, I think the process has finally gone from being annoying to effecting my enjoyment of the game-as I discovered when, after years of waiting, I finally got to go a Redskins game last season.

It wasn’t a big problem when every inch of the stadium was covered with ads; you could still focus on the game, and hope that the ads were helping keep your ticket prices low. Then they started renaming the stadiums. At this point, it was clear that all of this advertising wasn’t keeping prices particularly low, and that something was being lost when you had to call a stadium something different every few years, when the naming rights expired or the company was bought out. But the game was still the game.


Then highlights were brought to you by a sponsor. This didn’t bother me much; everyone likes watching replays. The problem is that every game only contains a few highlights, and teams have now started selling every conceivable play. For example, there is a “Crunch of the Game” that has been bought by a potato chip company. In this Sunday’s game, there weren’t really any notable hits, so all of us had to watch the replay of a totally ordinary tackle for the sake of the company’s advertisement.


Soon plays that were never considered highlights will be sold to someone, and we will be forced to sit through them again. A delay of game penalty can be brought to you by a watch company. Every screen pass, spectacular or not, can be sponsored by a movie theater chain. The jumbotron will become, even more than it is now, a distracting mass of relevant and irrelevant information. This has already happened in basketball, where everything from the three pointers to the time-outs are brought to you by someone. At least on TV you know exactly when the commercials are starting.


Having already diverted your eyes from the game, the ears are next. For the first time during the last football season, I heard regular commercials shown on the big screen and blasted through the loudspeakers. The words are so garbled by the amplification that they are impossible both to ignore and understand. A relaxing afternoon starts to feel like walking down a boardwalk and having a hundred hawkers yell for your attention.


So far, these interruptions have only taken place between plays. But how much longer will we have that luxury? Like everything else, people will eventually accept all of these distractions as normal, encouraging advertisers to move a little closer to get you to pay attention. It is time to say something, to the management and the companies buying the ads. There are only so many pieces of the game that you can sell before you start selling out the fans.


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3 DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations

If you’re a huge fan of baseball or have a friend or family member that enjoys the game, then you should have a baseball themed party (birthday or otherwise) and if you have a baseball themed party, keep the fun going by making your own baseball party invitations.

DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations #1: Baseball


A baseball invitation is the perfect way to invite someone a baseball themed party.


What you’ll need:


White poster board


Red thread


Needle


Scissors


To start, fold your white poster board in half in a card shape size. Now leave a small connected rectangle piece in the center of the card and then cut a round circle ball shape after that. Put the thread through your needle and start sewing the red lines of how it looks on a baseball, the stitching. If you can’t do it free hand, use a black pen to make your design and then sew over that. Make sure that you only sew on the front part of the card and not all the way through to the second, otherwise you can’t open up the invite.


DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations #2: Bat Hitting Ball


What you’ll need:


White poster board


Scissors


Colored Markers


Fold some of your white poster board and cut it into appropriately sized card shapes (rectangle). Now take another small piece of poster board and cut off the size of a baseball bat. You’ll want to make sure it has the handle and the top part. At the bottom of the handle, leave some excess white poster board, enough that you can hold on to. Draw a baseball at the top corner of your card. Color your baseball bat brown. Carefully use your scissors and cut a slit across your card, a little below the middle (make sure you don’t cut if all the way to each side). How stick your baseball bat throw the slit and hold onto the bottom piece. It should look like your bat is moving to hit the baseball.


DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations #3: Print Online


What you’ll need:


A Printer


Scissors


Glue


Markers


White Poster Board


Cut your white poster board into several card shapes (fold in half, rectangle shape). Click here to find several baseball themed coloring pages. Print some out that appeal to you and ones that can be cut and glued to your card. Leave plain or color the pages. Carefully glue the pieces onto the front of your card and write your party information inside.


If you’re a huge fan of baseball or have a friend or family member that enjoys the game, then you should have a baseball themed party (birthday or otherwise) and if you have a baseball themed party, keep the fun going by making your own baseball party invitations.


DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations #1: Baseball


A baseball invitation is the perfect way to invite someone a baseball themed party.


What you’ll need:


White poster board


Red thread


Needle


Scissors


To start, fold your white poster board in half in a card shape size. Now leave a small connected rectangle piece in the center of the card and then cut a round circle ball shape after that. Put the thread through your needle and start sewing the red lines of how it looks on a baseball, the stitching. If you can’t do it free hand, use a black pen to make your design and then sew over that. Make sure that you only sew on the front part of the card and not all the way through to the second, otherwise you can’t open up the invite.


DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations #2: Bat Hitting Ball


What you’ll need:


White poster board


Scissors


Colored Markers


Fold some of your white poster board and cut it into appropriately sized card shapes (rectangle). Now take another small piece of poster board and cut off the size of a baseball bat. You’ll want to make sure it has the handle and the top part. At the bottom of the handle, leave some excess white poster board, enough that you can hold on to. Draw a baseball at the top corner of your card. Color your baseball bat brown. Carefully use your scissors and cut a slit across your card, a little below the middle (make sure you don’t cut if all the way to each side). How stick your baseball bat throw the slit and hold onto the bottom piece. It should look like your bat is moving to hit the baseball.


DIY Baseball Theme Party Invitations #3: Print Online


What you’ll need:


A Printer


Scissors


Glue


Markers


White Poster Board


Cut your white poster board into several card shapes (fold in half, rectangle shape). Click here to find several baseball themed coloring pages. Print some out that appeal to you and ones that can be cut and glued to your card. Leave plain or color the pages. Carefully glue the pieces onto the front of your card and write your party information inside.


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Another Patch of Dirt

Beneath the dirt lies most divine
A secret force an ancient power
This finds its way in its due time
Into the light with April showers
And there it waits for “him” to find
Another life… if just a flower

Within the light, beneath the colors
Something more, it lurks you see
Though the flower doesn’t shudder
With a fear of jealously
Yet come one and then another
Another life… if just a weed


Beneath the colors, try to rise
To take the life of one to be
But higher still they can’t deny
The one to love, the one to see
Cut away they miss the eye
Another life… flower’s beauty


Within the fallen, the flower lives
Until someone begins to touch
Taken to the pretty Miss
Is it too much or not enough?
A flower and a heart to give
Another life… if just a love


Beneath the petals, given time
A flower’s secret they did see
And what was given life a time
Gives far more, a heart to beat
You see that heart to beat was mine
Another life… if just a me


And so within a heart that’s mine
I write about a thing that grows
That someday, someone will find
Maybe they will, maybe they won’t


So when I lie beneath the dirt
Perhaps someday, a given hour
I might find I have some worth
To create… if just a flower


Copyright © 2010, Will A. Bradford Jr.


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6 Muscle Building Facts that You Should Know

With all the good benefits that can be derived from muscle-building activities, I believe there is a need to provide you with more facts about obtaining healthy and toned muscle tissues.

First – if you are a beginner, it is wise that you consult first a medical expert before starting a workout program. You have to provide details about your medical profile so that they will be able to suggest the appropriate program for you. A lot of people are grossly mistaken by experimenting and adopting workouts they see from professional body builders. With no proper orientation, they are subject to the risk of having muscle strains and injury.


Second – Put your utmost goal in mind. Always remember the result that you want. There are a lot of people who are enthusiastic body-builders only at the beginning of the workout program. When they are out of focus, and do not know why they are doing a specific workout, they tend to lose interest, abandoning their dreams of perfectly-toned body.


Third – Perseverance is essential. Muscle building can be painful. If you cannot tolerate it, you can lose the chance for that lean and muscular body.


Fourth – Having beautiful and toned muscles is not gained overnight. It takes time and patience. It can take three months before the result will be obvious.


Fifth – During the first few weeks, refrain from looking at your weighing scale. It is possible that you might gain rather than lose weight. This is just normal because your body is gaining additional muscle tissue. But after a while, your weight will eventually go down.


Sixth – Do not starve yourself. A lot of people think that eating little amount of food while under a workout program will make them look sexier or healthier. However, this is not the right thing to do. When you are building your muscles, you need to eat every three to three and a half hours. Don’t be afraid if your body will accumulate fat because it won’t, your muscle-building activities will speed up your metabolism.


Seventh – Always seek the advice of professional nutritionists. Proper diet greatly helps in your bodybuilding regimen. As always, muscle building is always associated with protein. It is necessary that you get the right amounts not only with protein but as well as with other nutrients as well.


It is important to take all these muscle building facts into consideration so that you will be able to do it effectively. One more thing to remember is that you should perform your work out at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week.


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Alberto Fermani Boots for Women

The Italian brand of Alberto Fermani Boots has donned the feet of many women for well over four decades. Designed and made in the heart of Italy the beautiful Alberto Fermani Boots are made from hand-finished leather and feature exquisite artisan craftsmanship with impeccable attention paid to details. The collection of Alberto Fermani Boots is an excellent example of the beauty of the craftsmanship and offers a style for women of all walks of life.

You can have comfort and beauty with the Lace-Up Wedge Ankle Boot from the collection of Alberto Fermani Boots for women. The stylish leather boot features a 3″ stacked wooden wedge heel, a round toe, and a leather and rubber combination sole. Designed with a padded leather insole and convenient inner ankle zip closure, the Alberto Fermani Lace-Up Wedge Ankle Boot is adorned with tonal topstitching and a stylish cuff. The militare green boots retail for approximately $445.


An absolute favorite style from the collection of Alberto Fermani Boots for women is the Short Soft Leather Boot in senape tan. The smooth leather boots are designed with distressing on the round toes, a 1 1/2″ stacked heel, leather sole, and pull on styling. Other key features of the Short Soft Leather Boots from Alberto Fermani include light ankle ruching creating a slight slouchy look, an expandable top with fastener, double stitched seams and a padded insole. Definitely timeless the stylish pair of fine leather boots are designed to last. the Alberto Fermani Short Soft Leather Boots were found for $395 at Neiman Marcus.


The over-the-knee look is quite stylish and the beautiful Alberto Fermani Over-The-Knee Flat Leather Boot is one that will make you a real fashion standout. Designed with excellent craftsmanship the beautiful fango tan leather boots feature a round toe with ombre illusion, 11 1/2″ side zipper, a 1 1/2″ stacked heel, padded leather lining and stylish brass tone hardware adornments. Wear these beautiful Italian boots with most anything to make a cosmopolitan fashion statement. A must have from the collection of Alberto Fermani Boots, the Over-The-Knee Flat Leather Boots retail for approximately $695.


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Applying the Bible to Eating Disorder Recovery: Renewing the Mind

While there are many useful tools for eating disorder recovery, the Bible can be included in that list of valuable resources. This might seem like a stretch to some, but Scripture really can be practical as well as powerful in eating disorder recovery. The principle of renewing the mind alone is invaluable.

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV) When we think of how renew means to restore, revive or recover, we understand that a change needs to occur. Our thoughts obviously reside in our mind,


so we can see that this verse tells us to change our thoughts. But there’s more. Look at the promise that even precedes that portion of this verse – the promise of transformation. So we can experience positive and meaningful results by changing our thoughts. What an amazing principle for eating disorder recovery.


But how can we change our thoughts, especially those negative, self degrading and deeply embedded ones? It may be a pretty daunting task at times, but it is possible. The key goes beyond the determination to not think certain thoughts to actually replacing them. In other words, don’t continue replaying the negative thoughts and lies, but instead find positive and truthful statements to replace them. If this seems overwhelming to you, feel free to ask for help.


Examine your thoughts and realize how the negative thoughts and lies feed the eating disorder. Find corresponding truths and positive statements to counteract the thoughts which are hurting you. Notice the difference in yourself when you are focused on the truth instead of lies.


Be consistent in your endeavor. This doesn’t mean that you won’t struggle, that you won’t slip back into old thought patterns, but it means to not give up. Write down the positive and truthful statements for easy access if need be. You can also ask someone to help keep you accountable in your efforts to focus on what will eventually help you step forward in your recovery.


Remember that God wants to see you free of your eating disorder, so you can feel free to ask Him for help in renewing your mind. Changing your thoughts may seem easier said than done some days. But while this can be a challenging process, the rewards are worth the effort. With God’s help, you can experience significant positive change by renewing your mind. Let Him lead you closer to freedom from your eating disorder.


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6 Horribly Bad Tablet Names Worse Than the Apple iPad

Apple has caught lots of flack for its simple (yet dumb) name choice for the iPad. The iPad has been the butt of lots of jokes but there are way worse tablet names that make the iPad seem not so bad. Following are the six tablet names worse than the iPad.

1. JooJoo
The JooJoo internet tablet is a slate like computer that lets you browse the internet and… well, that’s just about it. The creators of the JooJoo tablet obviously ran out of names when it decided to name its one trick tablet after African black magic. Juju is an African name that means magic, luck, or karma (all of which this tablet lacks). JooJoo fails in the category of tablet names because it’s completely WTF and sounds a bit anti-Semitic.


2. Ainol
If you’re lying up late at night and want to browse the internet with your old lady, just roll over and ask her if she’s up for some Ainol. The Chinese developers of this product need to make it out more often before it decides on names, because Ainol will be the “butt” of many jokes. I can see the ads now – “Playing with Ainol has never been this fun”, “Ainol comes in three sizes.” I mean, c’mon; names just don’t get any worse than this… P.S. Did you know that you could watch Ainol in high definition? (OK, I stop).


3. iTablet
The iTablet doesn’t seem bad as far as names go… until you realize that it’s not made by Apple – and even worse; it’s a Microsoft tablet. Wait… Wuh? Microsoft is entering the tablet market and with a lower cased “I” tablet like the names of every Apple product since “I” was born. Microsoft is worse than other iPad rip-offs because none of them have been so out in the open with their swagger jackin’. After all, wasn’t the iPad rumored to be called the iTablet before the big announcement?


4. Nook
Nooks and crannies, baby nooks, and Tom Nook (yes, of Animal Crossing fame) are names that come to mind when I think of the name Nook; not this ebook reading tablet from Barnes & Noble. Nook is just a really bad name for an ebook reader. Reading already makes you sleepy and Barnes & Noble just made the situation worse by giving their tablet such a sleep inducing name.


5. HTC HD2
Long lost sibling of R2D2 and 3CPO; HTC HD2 is one of those gadget names that make you go hmmm…. Non tech savvy people are still struggling with simple acronym-like product names like USB (pronounced UBS) and VGA (pronounced AVG) and HTC HD2 makes the problem twice as worse than usual. This name is never going to catch on and sounds like a bad login password.


6. Skiff
If you thought Skiff was the answer to the question “Sounds farts make when your ass skims over water” you are totally wrong (and right). Skiff sounds like another name for busting an expletive, like jizz and other names. Skiff means absolutely nothing and sounds like a nut kicking caption from an old batman comic book “SKIFF!!!” Skiff is a worse name than iPad, because at least iPad has a meaning.


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An Agnostic Parent Talks to an Atheist Child

“Mom, why do you take me to church? There’s no God.” My eleven-year-old son spoke, a floodgate opened in my head and I went off to do some soul-searching. Why did I take my children to church when I was religiously-challenged and confused myself and had no real spiritual home?

During childhood, I attended Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist and Baptist churches. I was kicked out of bible study classes for my very verbal skepticism. My father never attended church and my mother did so occasionally. I was baptized at age sixteen.


During my first year of college at a Dominican college, I took required theology classes. Later, I became an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church online.


I once dated a former Catholic priest and attended Catholic mass. After that, I studied both Nichiren and Tibetan Buddhism.


I finally realized and accepted that I’m simply spiritual and walked away from organized religion, taking away what I needed from various religions. I’m a “hard” or a “strong” agnostic. I don’t know if God exists or not and have no way of knowing.


If God exists, it’s clear to me that he doesn’t want to make himself known in any tangible or concrete way. One might say that God is revealed through the ordinary, the extra-ordinairy and the miraculous. If God does exist, I’m cool with that because I’ve tried to be a good person and live accordingly.


So, what did I tell my son? I said “Maybe you’re right and there’s no God, but maybe you’re wrong and God exists”. He then asked me why it mattered, if a person is good? Next, he said, if the world came to an end and God chose to save the good people that we’d be fine, but that if God only saved the good people that “believed” in him only, then God was wrong and selfish.


I gave him definitions for “religious”, “devout”, “pious” , “agnostic” and “atheist” and asked him which he was. He answered, “Atheist”. A few days later, I asked him the same question – what are you? He again answered, “Atheist”. He never went to church again and I didn’t push the issue. He’s now almost a grown man, still atheist and somehow he is still a good young man; loving, moral and righteous and his two best friends are a Muslim and a Catholic.


When talking to children about God or religion:


1) Be honest.


2) Explain and discuss.


3) Listen to child’s responses and questions.


4) If you don’t know something, say so.


5) Don’t push your child to believe something you’re uncertain about.


6) Respect your child’s intelligence, logic and insights.


7) Be open to exploring other religions with your child.


8) Don’t get angry if they don’t agree with you.


9) Realize that a child will grown up and may chose another religion or no religion.


10) Never give vague, open-ended answers such as: “It’s just God’s will” or “Because the bible says so”.


 


 


 


 


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