A’s Matt Chapman no longer ‘a mess’ after a rough patch at the plate

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s big bats have been quieter than usual recently but manager Bob Melvin isn’t concerned. He canceled batting practice before Friday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, noting the team appeared “sluggish” in an 11-3 loss the night before.Asked about Matt Chapman, who has been off his game since returning from an ankle injury, Melvin said he’s the last player he worries about.Chapman doesn’t worry much these days, either, even if numbers from the past few weeks might prompt …last_img read more

Pinterest Boards for Filmmaking & Motion Design

first_imgLooking for inspiration, motion graphics or indie/DIY filmmaking tips? Don’t miss these Pinterest boards.Pinterest may be best known for fashion, architecture and DIY crafting – but have you considered it as a resource for getting motion design and video inspiration?In this post, we share a few of our favorite Pinterest Boards for video pros. Follow them to keep up with the latest products, news and tutorials for filmmaking, motion design and video production.Are you already a Pinterest user? Jump down to Pinterest Boards for Filmmaking & Motion Design. Not hip to Pinterest? Here’s a quick rundown…Pinterest is a social bookmarking site with a bulletin board interface. Users have Boards where they organize their ‘Pins’ – interesting content from around the web. Pinterest defines Pins as “handsome little bookmarks. Whenever you find something on the web that you want to keep, add it to Pinterest”. Boards are organized by topic and can be made either public or private.Create your own boards or follow other users boards and share them via email. What I like about Pinterest is that it is visual and similar to using a digital lightbox. Find videos, articles and images that you like. When you click on them in Pinterest it takes you to where they ‘live’ online. I find this easier and more organic than searching blog posts on a website.More and more filmmakers are using Pinterest to promote their websites/projects and to collect images/videos that inspire them.Corporate Guerrilla Videohas a helpful post on “6 Ways Video and Filmmakers Can Use Pinterest”. It’s worth checking out. Also, there is a series on social marketing here that shares good tips for promoting your film project on Pinterest. Now, let’s get on to the boards…Pinterest Boards for Filmmaking & Motion DesignBunthol Kim, Chad Mercree, and Edgar Yagui extensively cover motion design and graphic design. From animations to reels and cinematography, there is some great content here. Stephan HülsenFollow On CheesycamCheesycam is a blog for DIY photography and video projects. They also have a Pinterest Board, where you can check out links to articles and videos.CheesyCamFollow On Roger DuckRoger Duck is a Canadian video producer. Roger covers a wide range of filmmaking interests. I particularly like his Board of filmmaking infographics. He shares much of this content on Twitter as well. He’s def worth a follow.Digital Duck Inc.Follow On Guerilla FilmmakingGuerilla Filmmaking is the Pinterest Board of Martin Taylor, an English filmmaker living in San Francisco. He pins a lot of “How Tos” and interviews with filmmakers.Martin TaylorGuerrilla FilmmakingFollow On CinescopophiliaCinescopophilia is into filmmaking gear and shares posts from their blog.CinescopophiliaFollow On Audio-Visual ExcellenceJames Zwadlo and Elliot Howard focus on advertising, compositing and motion graphics. Their Pins focus on commercials, title sequences, and animation.James ZwadloAUDIO-VISUAL EXCELLENCEFollow On Motion VFXMotion VFX  has a board focused on visual effects, covering gear and plugins.Follow MotionVFX.com’s board motionVFX Blog on Pinterest. Digital Cinema ToolsThierry Saint-Paul blogs about digital cinema. His Pinterest content ranges from new gear to filmmaking techniques. His Pinterest Board features videos and posts from his site.Thierry Saint-PaulDigital Cinema ToolsFollow On Do you have any favorite Pinterest boards that would interest filmmakers, video producers or motion designers? Share them in the comments!last_img read more

All Deals Are Not Created Equal

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now All the deals you make are not created equal. In fact, some are far more valuable than others. Some are worth far less than you might imagine, even if your client spends a lot of money.Sales with no profit: These deals are empty calories. They have no nutritional value. You can’t execute for your clients without being a profitable business. Revenue is vanity, and profit is sanity. If you can’t make money, there is no reason to take the client. Listen, I know the logo may be great, and you may believe that they serve the strategic value of allowing you to win more clients, but you can net a few bucks and still land the client. If you can’t, that’s a sales problem.Sales to nightmare clients: There is no reason to do business with bad people. There is no reason to work with people who do things that are illegal, immoral, or people who are generally miserable. They’ll mistreat you and your people, and they destroy your culture in the bargain.Sales where the client didn’t really agree to change: There are some people who agree to move their business to you specifically because your competitor is terrible. Well, that’s what they tell you. What you will discover is that some people blame their partner for not being able to produce the results they need because they are unwilling to make the changes they need to make on their end. You pick up your end of the stick, and they refuse to pick up theirs.Sales that take time and energy away from quality sales: There are some sales that take more time and more energy than they are worth. They prevent you from devoting your time and attention to bigger, better, more meaningful opportunities. You can spend as much time and energy winning a small deal as you can winning a big deal. It can also take the same resources to serve small clients, resources that will then be unavailable to your dream clients, once you win them.Notice that transactional sales did not make this list. Even though you should be strategic, and you should be growing as a trusted advisor, transactional sales are not negative—only transactional behaviors are, and only when something else is needed. There are very high quality sales that are nothing but transactions, and there is some portion of transactional sales that are of low quality.If you are going to sell anyway, you might as well invest your time and energy in high quality sales. You are a reflection of the clients that you serve.last_img read more

Reality Is Even More Persistent

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Reality is persistent. It is extremely inflexible. It doesn’t change because you don’t like it, nor does it change because you find it difficult, inconvenient, problematic, and challenging.You may want things to be different than they are, but reality is unaware and unconcerned with your wants and needs. You want things that are difficult to be easier. You want the outcomes you need without having to work so hard to achieve them. Reality does not change and is wholly unresponsive to what you want.The challenges you face may be personally and/or professionally difficult for you. Dealing with them can be stressful, and it can require emotional energy that would be placed somewhere else. Reality doesn’t respond to your emotions, and a heightened emotional state produces no greater or lesser result. Reality is unmoved by your emotions.Even though you may see reality as a problem, it isn’t. Reality is a neutral party. It doesn’t treat you any different than it treats anyone else. It is what it is, and it doesn’t care who bumps up against it, nor does it change because someone has more money, greater smarts, or some other perceived advantage.Because you cannot change reality, producing a different result means aligning yourself with reality.Reality is not what is stopping you from producing the result you want, and you know this is true because other people are producing that result right now, in spite of reality. Their approach is different than yours, and it’s likely that their strategies are also different.The challenges that you face right now have been faced by others before you, many of whom found a way to overcome those challenges while dealing with the very same reality that you share. If reality what was really stopping you, then it would have stopped everyone else before you. It’s like gravity; it applies to all people equally, and it makes no exceptions and has no preference.No matter how persistent you are, reality is even more persistent. If you want things to change, you have to change.last_img read more

Yankees Slip Against Rays, 6-3

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The New York Yankees wasted a golden chance to gain ground in the AL East.Nick Franklin hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL wild-card leading Yankees 6-3 on Sept. 15.Hobbled Alex Rodriguez and Greg Bird homered for the Yankees, who remain three games behind division leading Toronto, which lost 3-2 at Atlanta.“It’s tough that we’re not able to hold them down,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said after Tampa Bay won for the third time in nine games.The Yankees have lost six of eight.Franklin, who entered when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left after four innings with a left knee strain, put the Rays up 4-3 on his homer off Nick Rumbelow (1-1).“He came up with the big hit right there and got us the win,” Rays starter Jake Odorizzi said.J.P. Arencibia made it 6-3 with a two-run single in the eighth.Rodriguez hit his 32nd homer this season and 686th of his career off Odorizzi (8-8) in the first hours after the team learned he is playing with a bruised left knee. Rodriguez moved past Craig Biggio into sole possession of 21st place all-time with his 3,061st hit.Rodriguez had an MRI earlier and was also examined by team orthopedist Daniel Murphy. It is thought that Rodriguez was hurt sliding in the Sept. 13 game against Toronto.“He’s fine,” Girardi said.Odorizzi allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Brandon Gomes pitched the ninth for his first save, getting a fly ball from Brett Gardner with runners on second and third and two outs.Bird gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead on a two-run homer in the fourth that came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat.Logan Forsythe had an RBI single in the first and Tampa Bay went ahead 2-1 when Mikie Mahtook doubled, stole third and scored on catcher Brian McCann’s throwing error in the second.Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier took away a potential game-tying extra-base hit from Gardner with a running catch on the warning track to end the seventh.“He’s an amazing center fielder,” Girardi said. “He’s as good as I’ve seen.”Rodriguez nearly had his second opposite-field homer of the game in the eighth, but his leadoff drive was caught on the warning track.Adam Warren gave up two runs and six hits over four innings in a spot start for the Yankees.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Block Party | Web Series

first_imgIf you’re a rally enthusiast, you already know about Ken Block. Not counted among rally legends like Colin McRae, Sébastien Loeb and Tommi Mäkinen, Block managed to carve out a niche of his own in motorsports. A story that began in 2008 as a fun video on an abandoned airfield,,If you’re a rally enthusiast, you already know about Ken Block. Not counted among rally legends like Colin McRae, Sébastien Loeb and Tommi Mäkinen, Block managed to carve out a niche of his own in motorsports. A story that began in 2008 as a fun video on an abandoned airfield, drifting the tyres off a Subaru Impreza rally car, gained unprecedented fame on YouTube. The video has since got over 15 million views. Back then, Block was the co-owner of DC shoes, but now he is fully committed to Hoonigan Racing Division.The Gymkhana series of videosnine till datehas grown from fairly basic camerawork to state-of-the-art filming. The latest video features a run on the famous Pikes Peak albeit this being Block’s version of the annual hill climb. All that goes into making such epic videos has been documented in Amazon Prime’s eight-episode series, The Gymkhana Filesthe team, the driver and the effort put in by the Hoonigan team.Associated with the Japanese carmaker from his rallycross days, Block began his videos with Subarus, gradually adding various versions of the Ford Fiesta. Gymkhana 9 showcased a 2016 Ford Focus RS RX, which produced 600 bhp and 650 Nm of torque, and claimed to achieve 0-60 mph (97 kmph) under two seconds. Block and the Hoonigan Racing Division created a monster named Hoonicorn RTR. The car was unveiled in the Gymkhana 7 video, with only vague resemblance to a Mustang. It used a naturally-aspirated Roush Yates 6.7-litre V8 engine, developing 845 bhp and 720 Nm of torque. Now in its second version, the Hoonicorn needed an upgrade. The engine was upgraded with a twin-turbo set-up. These and more changes resulted in a mega 1,400 bhp and 1,250 Nm set-up.advertisementThe Amazon series serves not only as a recap of those milestones but also as a curtain-raiser for the 10th edition of the Gymkhana videos, which is set to release on December 7. The video will also debut a special build, a 1977 Ford F-150 Hoonitruck, as a tribute to Block’s father who owned the same base truck.last_img read more

Rajasthan RSS shakha attacked in Bundi two held

first_img Asian News International BundiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:57 IST Clash erupted between two groups during an ongoing session at an RSS shakha. (Screengrab from ANI video)Two persons were arrested for allegedly attacking a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha (camp) here in Bundi district, police said on Friday. On July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said.According to the Sangh, some young boys, who participated in the event, sustained injuries in the incident as they were beaten up by a mob.Soon after receiving information, the police rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the situation. Police arrested two persons after RSS volunteers demanded strict action against the accused.”It is not an old matter. We used to organise our sessions in this park. On Wednesday evening, people from Muslim community opposed the session and started using abusive language for us. When we asked them to move away, they began fighting with us. A few of them also beat up our children,” an RSS volunteer said”We have filed a complaint with police and they assured us that strict action would be taken against the accused. However, they were given bail later and we are not happy with the probe,” he said.Meanwhile, Bundi Superintendent of Police said that they have set up a team who is patrolling the park. He said two persons have been arrested in the case and they are being interrogated by the police.”We are investigating the matter. It was not a serious case, an altercation took place between RSS volunteers and some Muslims. If anyone found guilty, we will surely arrest them,’ he said.Also Read | RSS leader Chandrakant Sharma dies after militant attackAlso Read | RSS’s role in nation-building’ part of Maharashtra varsity syllabusFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Rajasthan: RSS shakha attacked in Bundi, two heldOn July 10, an RSS shakha was organised in a park, where a clash erupted between some people and RSS volunteers over some issue, which is not clear yet, police said. advertisement Nextlast_img read more

West Bengal government observes Save Water Day

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:30 IST Mamata Banerjee stressed on conservation of rain water. (Photo: ANI)Save Water Day’ was observed by the West Bengal government Friday and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated in a march in the city to raise awareness on conservation.Mamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.Emphasising on conservation of water, she said, “With water scarcity becoming a major issue in many places in the world we believe in taking precautionary measures to save water resources”.She also stressed on conservation of rainwater and said her government would observe July 12 as ‘Save Water Day’ in every year.Accompanied by her cabinet colleagues, government officials, intellectuals including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, Banerjee walked from Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral home of Rabindra Nath Tagore in north Kolkata, to the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road, a distance of around 4 km.Sporting blue-coloured sashes with the message “Save Water, Save Life”, the participants also waved placards carrying the message of water conservation.Banerjee said that the Trinamool Congress government had dug nearly 1.5 lakh ponds in five years till 2016 in the state as against the 50,000 the party had promised in its poll manifesto in 2011.”People are often assured of many things by the government and also individuals, but many promises are not met. I am used to keeping promises,” Banerjee said.The chief minister said about three lakh water bodies have been dug so far by the state government under the water conservation programme of ‘Jal dharo Jal bharo’ (Collect water, store water).Many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated to prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, she said.The state government would observe a ‘Student Day’ to disseminate the message of conserving water in every sphere of the society, Mamata Banerjee added.Also Read | Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Govt’s water conservation campaign to cover 256 districts across nationAlso Read | Water woes: Parched Chennai cries for reliefAlso Watch | Water crisis: Is it time to press emergency button?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan West Bengal government observes Save Water DayMamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.advertisement Nextlast_img read more