Thursday, April 28, 2011
On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Opera on Crescent Avenue,
Obama for America and Generation Forty Four (or Gen44 for short) will host a kickoff fundraiser for
President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign in Atlanta.The Honorary Host for the event will be David Plouffe,
former Campaign Manager and Senior Advisor to
the President of the United States.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has agreed to
join Mr. Plouffe as Honorary Co-Host for the event.
For the full interview click link below
words // Brandon Richard
Here’s the cream of the crop when it comes to incoming NFL talent. For the most part, the teams that need a franchise-caliber player will be selecting in the Top 10. While we’re uncertain about the status of the upcoming NFL season, there’s still a great deal of excitement surrounding the 2011 Draft Class. At least 25 prospects are expected to attend tonight’s event at Radio City Music Hall, which would be a draft record. Unfortunately for this class, it’s possible that they’ll be the first group paid under a new rookie pay scale – bummer!
Before the festivities kick off tonight, let’s take a look at who the Top 10 picks may be. The NFL Draft starts tonight at 8 p.m. EST. Be sure to check out Eastbay’s 2011 NFL Combine interviews with several of the top incoming prospects. These players may be the future difference maker for your favorite team.
1. Carolina Panthers
2010 (2-14): The Panthers are in full rebuild mode after a season where everything fell out of the bottom. They won just 2 games on the season, were ranked 26th on defense and dead last on offense. As a result, the John Fox Era came to an end.
Needs: Face of the franchise that can put butts in the seats. Perhaps an impact defender or prime time receiver.
The Pick: QB, Cam Newton, Auburn. There’s a ton of people saying that Cam won’t translate well at the next level, but the Panthers seem to be enamored with his potential. Cam is an incredible athlete, the most impressive we’ve seen at quarterback in years. There’s still some questions regarding his mechanics and ability to read defenses and call plays, but he can be taught. He’ll definitely sell some tickets, and if he succeeds, will give the Panthers a scary option under center.
2. Denver Broncos
2010 (4-12): The controversial Josh McDaniels Era finally came to a screeching halt after an unacceptably poor year in Denver. The writing was on the wall when the Broncos were swept by the rival Oakland Raiders by a combined score of 98-37. It was so bad that the team made sure they brought back John Elway in some capacity – he’s now the team’s Vice President of Football Operations.
Needs: Quality defensive lineman for John Fox’s new defense; a receiving tight end and some help in the secondary.
The Pick: DE Marcell Dareus, Alabama. Dareus is a large physical specimen that will step in and help any team that needs him right away. He could prove to be the inside force at the three-technique that Denver can build their defense around for the next 10 years. To learn more about one of the best prospects in the draft, check out Eastbay’s interview with Marcell Dareus below.
3. Buffalo Bills
2010 (4-12): At some point, this thing has to turn around, right? The Bills have talent and guys that just flat out play hard. They’re competitive in a lot of games and end up finding a way to lose them at the end. A huge example would be the Steve Johnson drop against the Steelers in Week 12.
Needs: Franchise quarterback, front seven help, defensive end, outside linebacker and possible cornerback depth.
The Pick: OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M. Miller is an excellent athlete that fits a variety of schemes. He gets off the edge in a big way and causes massive disruption in backfields. For a team that needs all kinds of help with the pass rush, Miller would be a quality snag for the Bills.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
2010 (4-12): The T.Ochocinco didn’t exactly yield many popcorn-worthy moments, and surprisingly, it was Owens who played the better of the two receivers. As usual, the Bengals are a mess. They had a dismal season, Carson Palmer is pretty much a goner and it’s highly possible that both Owens and Ochocinco will be playing in new uniforms next season as well.
Needs: Playmakers on the defensive line, particularly a DE. They could also use some upgrades in their secondary.
The Pick: WR A.J. Green, Georgia. This is a pick they’ll make based on available talent. Plus, the Bengals will probably undergo a complete offensive overhaul. A.J. Green is top rated receiver in the draft and has the potential to be a playmaker for a decade. Some say he’s the best receiver to enter the draft since Calvin Johnson…and that Johnson guy is pretty good. Combination of size, speed and great hands make A.J. Green a desirable downfield prospect.
5. Arizona Cardinals
2010 (5-11): Kurt Warner’s departure opened up huge wounds for the Cardinals, who missed the postseason after back-to-back trips. Larry Fitzgerald still managed to tab a 1,000-yard season, but expressed frustration playing for a bottom-feeder.
Needs: Clearly, they need a quarterback. Though a guy like Gabbert could be available, the Cardinals are expected to pursue a QB through free agency rather than use a high pick on a prospect that isn’t particularly a homerun. They could also use a new running back, playmaking tight end, nose tackle, outside linebacker and cornerback.
The Pick: CB Patrick Peterson, LSU. Peterson has been labeled the biggest ‘can’t-miss’ prospect in the entire draft. Some experts feel like he should be first guy off the board, but because teams don’t typically draft corners this high, he’ll slide just a tad. That Cardinals need playmakers on defense and Peterson could team up with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to form one of the league’s elite cornerback tandems.
6. Cleveland Browns
2010 (6-10): The Browns weren’t a good team by any stretch of the imagination, but they were competitive. They scored back-to-back wins over the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, and it took overtime for the New York Jets to beat them in Week 10.
Needs: Cleveland needs talent upgrades at a lot of positions. A big time wide receiver could be on the radar, as will help on the o-line, inside linebacker and defensive end.
The Pick: DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina. By some, Quinn is regarded as the most talented player in the entire draft. However, a few outside circumstances have pushed his stock down. For one, he was suspended in 2010 for a situation involving an agent and illegal tutoring. Two, he’s had complications with a benign brain tumor. Otherwise, you could be talking about the top pick in this year’s draft. The question is whether not Cleveland will want to gamble with this pick. Quinn could slide down in to the late first round because of the mentioned concerns.
7. San Francisco 49ers
2010 (6-10): Even with that dismal record, the 49ers were still in contention for a playoff spot down the stretch because the division-winning Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7-9 mark. Another sub-par year in the land of great expectations, in addition to some player run-ins, ended up leaving Mike Singletary without a job.
Needs: Could look at a franchise QB, address defensive front 7 weaknesses and improve cornerback depth.
The Pick: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri. It’s time to admit that Alex Smith is a straight-up bust and move on. Gabbert gives the 9ers a chance to do so. New Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback guy and is the perfect candidate to groom Gabbert into something special.
8. Tennessee Titans
2010 (6-10): It appears that both the Jeff Fisher and Vince Young eras are over in Tennessee. Midseason disagreements between the two led to a “one or the other” situation, and ended up with both men being shown the door. At one time, the Titans were looking strong at 5-2. They finished the season losing 8 of their last 9.
Needs: A franchise quarterback and improvements on the offensive line, the linebacker core and secondary.
The Pick: DT Nick Fairley, Auburn. This certainly doesn’t fill any pressing needs for Tennessee, but the value may be too great to pass up. Remember, after the National Title game, Fairley was projected to be the #1 overall pick. Concerns about his maturity and work ethic have slid him down draft boards since the Combine. Like I always say though, on-field production should always be considered first and there wasn’t anybody better than him last season. Tennessee may have found their Haynesworth impact player and can draft a QB later on.
9. Dallas Cowboys
2010 (6-10): Jerry Jones said that he wanted and expected his Cowboys to be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. They fell way short of that prediction, plummeting near the bottom of the NFC East. However, after firing Coach Wade Phillips and replacing him with Jason Garrett, the ‘Boys showed some promise.
Needs: They have to keep Tony Romo healthy by re-tooling the offensive line and could use upgrades at safety.
The Pick: OT Tyron Smith, USC. Maybe this is going out too much on a limb, considering Jerry hasn’t used a first round pick on an o-lineman since 1989. However, there comes a time where you have to switch it up and start protecting your investments. Smith is impressive physically, a quality blocker and excels against the pass and run.
10. Washington Redskins
2010 (6-10): Another odd season in Washington, with a ton of controversy surrounding coach Mike Shanahan, Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb. I’ll remember this season as one where McNabb was benched in favor of Rex Grossman. They started off decent, but finished the season 2-7 in their last 9.
Needs: Plenty. A young QB for Shanny to groom, offensive line help, a playmaking wide receiver, a running back and improvements on the defensive line and secondary.
The Pick: WR Julio Jones, Alabama. Here’s a guy that appears to be one of the biggest talents in the draft. Initially slotted to be a lower first round / early second round guy, Julio shot up draft boards with his incredible Combine performance. Not only were the numbers impressive, but he put them up with a legitimate foot injury. A.J. Green has been ranked the top receiver in the class for some time, but some scouts have even moved Julio above him. The Skins need a downfield threat and Santana Moss may also be on his way out.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The Leica i9 Concept by BLACK Designs is a dream project that addresses a desire to combine two great products, while considering both the consumer’s and company’s needs. The Camera Back Dock is a tribute to traditional 35mm film. The back swings open like a traditional film door to reveal the standard Apple 30-pin connector dock. The camera back is also interchangeable to accomodate compatibility with future generation iPhones.
Hit the flip for a closer look.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Jason Bell started as a photographer in 1990. His portraits appear regularly in many editorial publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue US & UK, Men’s Vogue, Sunday Times Magazine, GQ, Arena, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Spin and Rolling Stone
Friday, April 22, 2011
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This technique is usually used for making carpets. A simple metal frame as bottom and a thicker thread create the possibility to use this technique for more applications, such as a chair. Different sized loops create an ascending shape that will eventually fann out over the floor.
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If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse.
Some people dream of success, others make it happen. Of course, you can dream as much as you like but waiting for things to happen gets you nowhere. Get active and start making things happen. Whatever journey your path takes you on, the most important thing is to have passion in what you do.
How many of you went to college, got your degree, and ended up doing something totally unrelated to your major? Studying it did not make you passionate about it. It wasn’t your path. Education or even talent aren’t worth much without passion. So do the stuff that you love and you’ve always wanted to do because without it, you’ll feel stuck and unfulfilled. If you work in a bank but your dream is to be a naturopath, then make those changes now. Make this year the turning point in your life. When you do what you love you will be rewarded — it will just flow naturally.
Look at those around you who just make things happen. They have a clear goal in mind and they know where they want to go. They don’t always have a plan but they have the passion and the tenacity to make it work, and they achieve their goals as the end result. Trust us when we tell you this. If something important to you, you WILL find a way. If it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse. It’s that simple. Find your way. Make it work, whatever it takes. Are you 10 kilos heavier than you should be? It is simple: Commit, go to that gym every day, no excuses, and train until you lose those 10 kilos. When you accomplish this, you’ll have the confidence to do more. Set a goal and make it happen.
Want to stop smoking? Stop making excuses, take control of your circumstances before they take control of you.
Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do and when you do accomplish something as simple as quitting smoking or losing weight, you’ll inspire others to do the same. Anyone can change the world, and everybody should try. And it all starts with your own life.
Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Do it now.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so get used to being uncomfortable. It won’t kill you. Do you need a sign? Here it is: - Bill Tikos
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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DJ Trauma is taking his skills to a bigger stage. After spinning at Atlanta's Hot 107.9 for 10 years, Trauma recently left the station to focus on being the tour DJ for Ciara and Sean "The Pen" Garrett, as well as his own Carte Blanche team
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Most days, we do more dictating and sharing than we do listening. Out of curiosity, how many people are enjoying Nostalgia, Ultra as thoroughly as I am? “We All Try” specifically may be the track I’m drawn to the most and, while I don’t have Last.fm Scrobbler stats to prove it, I’d wager I’ve played the cut at least 100 times since grabbing the tape. No Auto-Tune, no androgynous ruffles and lace or the excessive begging and pleading we’ve come to associate with most non-rap that permeates the airwaves.
Frank Ocean – “We All Try”
Parlay at the Loft. Hosted by DJ Slice & DJ Will Spin. Elevators open at 8pm are located in section M118 --- . This event is invite ONLY +1. BYOB even thhough there will be.
230 18th Street,NW,
Atlanta, GA 30363.
Park on level P1 --- Central Park.
10ft frm Dillards escalator. Call if need more info @MCGergory