They say “Only a Knife can Sharpen a Knife!!” They say “Birds of a feather flock together” They also say “If you’re the smartest person in your group, then it’s time to find a new group” Even though we don’t really know who “They” are, They are absolutely right! Will Smith once said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. If you are not continuously surrounding yourself with people who can help lift you higher then you are limiting your potential. Your surroundings and who you associate yourself with have a big impact on how successful you can be! As the saying goes “You can’t soar like an eagle, when you hang around with Turkeys”
“A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.”
-David Joseph Schwartz
Archi-Union Architects designed the Tea House in the backyard of their office in Shanghai, China.
Design: Archi-Union Architects
Photography by Zhonghai Shen
Posted: 01 Apr 2014 01:51 AM PDT
Raëd Abillama Architects designed Villa Yarze, located in Lebanon.
Design: Raëd Abillama Architects
While on our journey to greatness we will always see other journeys and struggles that look similar to ours! We will be tempted to follow what worked or didn’t work for them thinking it will help us! We will rationalize our action or lack thereof based on their experiences and create our facts solely on how closely the paths resemble! While this seems practical, it might be the biggest mistake one can ever make! I don’t care how similar a path may look or how closely tied two goals may be; only you can create your own path!
The Philadelphia Eagles on Friday released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, a move that comes just two years after the playmaker signed a five-year contract extension.
The Eagles’ decision to cut ties with one of the most electrifying players in club history comes after the team uncovered information about Jackson’s off-field connections and activities, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. In addition, the source said, the Eagles decided to release Jackson rather than trade him to another team that might be unaware of the info.
”After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today,” the Eagles said in a statement.
Earlier Friday, a report by NJ.com said the Eagles had become increasingly concerned about Jackson’s off-field activities and his reputed ties to Los Angeles street gang members.
A league source told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio that the Eagles decided to release Jackson for a number of reasons due mostly to ”work ethic and attitude.”
The Eagles, according to the source, learned about Jackson’s associations in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and that report ”raised their level of concern,” the source said.
Coach Chip Kelly, general manager Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie discussed the situation with the club’s lawyers over the past 24 hours and decided the best course of action would be to release Jackson. After the NJ.com report, the Eagles stopped talking to other teams about trading Jackson.
Following his release, Jackson, 27, issued a statement that both thanked the Eagles for initially giving him a chance and denounced reports like the one by NJ.com.
”First I would like to thank the Eagles organization, the Eagles fans and the city of Philadelphia for my time in Philly,” the statement read. ”I would also like to thank [former] coach Andy Reid for bringing me in.
”Secondly, I would like to address the misleading and unfounded reports that my release has anything to do with any affiliation that has been speculated surrounding the company I keep off of the field. I would like to make it very clear that I am not and never have been part of any gang. I am not a gang member, and to speculate and assume that I am involved in such activity off the field is reckless and irresponsible.
”I work very hard on and off the field and I am a good person with good values. I am proud of the accomplishments that I have made both on and off the field. I have worked tirelessly to give back to my community and have a positive impact on those in need. It is unfortunate that I now have to defend myself and my intentions. These reports are irresponsible and just not true. I look forward to working hard for my new team.”
NFL teams have become more cautious since last summer, when former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who also reportedly had gang ties, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
Jackson was due to make $10.5 million in 2014 and was owed $30.5 million over the remainder of his contract, but none of that money was guaranteed.
He received praise from Reid, who drafted him in the second round in 2008.
”I have nothing but good things to say about the kid,” said Reid, now the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. ”I did draft him. I had a great relationship with him. When his father passed away, that was a hard thing for him to go through at a young age. They were best friends. I’ve experienced life things with him, so I would tell you he was great for me when I was there.”
At least six teams already have reached out to Jackson’s agent, according to a league source. One that may be interested is the Carolina Panthers, who need a wide receiver after releasing Steve Smith earlier this month.
”We’d be interested. He’s an intriguing player, and we’ll take a look at him,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera told USA Today Sports. ”I just got word, and this is surprising to hear. He’s an explosive player who has great vertical speed and is strong going to the ball.”
However, sources told ESPN.com’s David Newton that the Panthers aren’t interested in Jackson for a variety of reasons.
Recent reports surfaced that the Eagles were looking to trade Jackson. There also had been rumors that Jackson isn’t a fit in the locker-room culture that Kelly, entering his second season, is trying to cultivate.
At the NFL owners meetings Wednesday, Kelly said he liked Jackson but would not commit to him for 2014, saying the Eagles would do ”what’s best for the football team.”
There may have been signs earlier in the offseason that the Eagles were looking to move on from Jackson. The team moved quickly in free agency to complete new deals with wide receivers Jeremy Maclin, coming off a torn ACL, and Riley Cooper.
Jackson’s offseason also got off to an unsettling start.
After the Eagles lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs to the Saints, Jackson said he wanted to renegotiate his contract, then a few days later he told police his South Philadelphia home was robbed of more than $250,000 in cash and jewelry, along with a handgun. No arrests were made in the case.
Jackson excelled in Kelly’s fast-paced offense, setting career highs in receptions (82) and yards (1,332) and while also amassing nine touchdowns. His 6,177 receiving yards are the second-most in franchise history, and his four punt-return scores are tops in club history.
Jackson also has 21 TD catches for at least 30 yards, tied with Miami’s Mike Wallace for the most in the league. No other player on the Eagles’ roster has more than eight (Maclin).
British multi-billionaire and founder of the Virgin group, Richard Branson, is looking to move into cruise shipping, he told the German business daily Handelsblatt on Wednesday.
“We want to move into the cruise-shipping business with Virgin in the next few years,” Branson said.
“We are already in negotiations with shipyards in Italy and Germany on the construction of big ships for Virgin Cruises,” he said, adding that the chances that a German company could win a contract were “very good.”
The newspaper quoted industry sources as saying that Branson would invest about $1.7 billion in the project.
The ships could be launched by 2019, Branson said.
World View offers passengers a trip in a fully-pressurized space capsule for six that promises “a gentle ascent” 20 mile above earth.
Luxuriously styled and engineered, the capsule is transported by a ParaWing and a high-altitude balloon, which expands gradually until voyagers reach their peak altitude atop 99 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. Unlike the G thrust that many other space carriers would offer, this “float” seems more like a hot air balloon ride into space.
For $75,000, you’re guaranteed a seat, in-flight internet access (you know, to document it all) and an experience you’ll remember forever. A $5,000 deposit ensures your space travel is officially “on the books.” Travel is expected to begin in late 2016.
“Wanting less is probably a better blessing than having more.”
-Mary Ellen Edmunds
“Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better than VR. VR has been a dream of many gamers since the computer was invented. Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed of VR and what it could mean to the gaming community.”
The virtual reality set was announced at the Game Developers Conference in an event that featured a genius by the name of Richard Marks, who developed EyeToy and PS Move. Marks said he had been working on a project with NASA to create a virtual reality Mars—I’m not joking—and told the audience,
“VR is going to be pervasive, and what I mean by that is it’s going to be used for all sorts of things you might not think it would be used for.”
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing”
Clark Kokich has built a career helping brands master digital technology. So it’s only fitting that Kokich, the chief strategy officer at Marchex, former Razorfish CEO, and author of Do or Die, has created 20/20, the world’s first narrative live-action short film shot with Google Glass. The five-minute movie, which follows a day in the life of a young man through his Google Glass, makes a powerful statement about personal privacy and the power that technology assumes in our everyday lives. For as long as I’ve known him, Clark Kokich has always been fascinated with the way that digital technology can both disrupt and shape the way we live and do business.
20/20: romance competes with technology. Which will win?
In the following interview, he discusses the themes of 20/20 (a product of his film company, Perché No?) what it was like to make a movie with Google Glass, and his views on technology and privacy (including his opinion of Edward Snowden). Check out what’s on his mind — but more importantly, take five minutes to watch the provocative 20/20. This movie will make you think.
What inspired you to make this movie?
Last spring I was having coffee with Margaret Czeisler, global vice president of the Razorfish xLab. She pulled out a Google Glass for me to try. It was the first time I fully understood the power of the technology. Then, as I was driving home, the idea for the film just popped into my head. I more or less wrote it in my mind in the car and typed it up when I got home.
In the movie, Google Glass is omnipresent, and not always for the best. Where do you think Google Glass is headed in the next few years?
It’s hard to say. I used to work at Code-A-Phone, a company that made telephone answering machines. Remember those? Our biggest issue was confronting the backlash from people who became pissed off when they had to leave a recorded message.
In the 1990s, I worked for Cellular One. At that time, cell phones were regarded as a smug status symbol. “What kind of an asshole takes a call in their car?” We’re seeing that kind of backlash right now with Google Glass. And I suppose this film doesn’t help, does it? But who knows what will happen.
In the end, if the technology solves a real problem, people will get over it. Right now, I don’t think Google Glass solves an obvious problem in the same way answering machines and cell phones did.
The movie’s subtext about spying is obviously quite timely, with Edward Snowden recently speaking at the 2014 SXSW Interactive festival. What’s your view of Snowden? Hero or a traitor?
I do think he broke the law, and there should be consequences for that. But I don’t consider him a traitor. If I had to guess, 50 years from now he’ll be regarded as an important historical figure; someone who took a huge risk – and sacrificed everything – so that the rest of us could know what the hell is really going on.
I could relate to the scene where the protagonist is multi-tasking too much with technology at the expense of the people in the room with them. How do you avoid that happening in your own life?
I’m actually pretty good about that. I’ve never used technology just because it’s new and cool. I can admire it, and want to learn more, but I’m not an automatic adopter. I also think it’s important to be doing the things that are important to you, not that are important to others. For instance, if I’m on the road, I don’t answer emails on my phone just because they came in. My fingers are too big for that kind of nonsense. If something’s critically important, maybe. But for the most part, I decide what’s important to get done right now, and I only concentrate on that. Just ignore everything else.
What was it like shooting a movie in Google Glass? What did the experience teach you?
It was a pain in the ass. We tried to monitor the shooting in real time through an iPhone, but doing so was too clumsy. So we ended up shooting a scene with no idea what we were really getting. Then we had to wait to download the file and check it on the computer. If there was a problem, you had to start over. It took forever.
What’s next for your filmmaking?
We’re going to shoot another short this summer. This one is more serious. No more Google Glass fun and games.
Sometime all you need to do is try and awesome things happen!
- Shawn Gunn
Posted: 16 Mar 2014 06:19 AM PDT
Matt Gibson Architecture designed the Kooyong House in Melbourne, Australia.
Architect: Matt Gibson Architecture