Selected as the final pick in 2011 NBA draft, Isaiah Thomas is an active role player for the Sacramento Kings. His numbers this year consist of 7 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assist. Mostly known for his high intensity coming off the bench, Isaiah has now teamed up with some new teammates. His new teammates are YouTube video creators Per TeamZEKE’s who described the film as “a film about life and times of Isaiah Thomas and his journey as a professional basketball player in the NBA.” So will you be checking it out when it drops?
The Magpul Ronin is an experimental motorcycle project based on the Buell 1125R sport bike. Taken from the Japanese word for a samurai who lost his master, the name â€œRoninâ€ was chosen after the Buell Motorcycle Company ceased production and closed its doors in 2009.
The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark J. Perry notes that some of the most dire predictions about the threat of air pollution and environmental degradation that surrounded the first Earth Day never came true. And therefore, there’s no reason to get worked up about pollution regulation (or other environmental woes) now. But Perry appears to have entirely forgotten about why those predictions didn’t come true–he says it’s because the US got richer. Is that it? That’s the only reason that predictions in the 1970s that air pollution would take hundreds of thousands of lives in coming years didn’t come true?
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The National Basketball Association has unanimously approved Michael Jordanâ€™s acquisition of a controlling interest in the Charlotte Bobcats.
“Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming the majority owner of an NBA franchise,” Jordan said. “I plan to make this franchise an organization that Charlotte can be proud of, and I am committed to doing all that I can to achieve this goal.”
The purchase price has not been released.
â€œWe are pleased that Michael Jordanâ€™s purchase of majority ownership of the Bobcats was approved by the NBAâ€™s board of governors and closed in such a smooth and expeditious fashion,â€ said NBA Commissioner David Stern. â€œWe look forward to the continued growth of the Bobcats, on and off the court, under his leadership.â€
Jordan steps into an organization facing tens of millions of dollars in annual losses and struggling to build a strong rapport with fans.
Estimates of the price tag range from the NBAâ€™s estimate of $275 million to $290 million to a low of $175 million reported by Forbes early in March. The Wall Street Journal puts the price at $240 million. How much of the cost Jordan is putting up and how much other partners will invest is not known. The Forbes report claims an equity investment of $25 million, with the balance an assumption of debt.
Jordan became a minority owner and manager of basketball operations at the Bobcats in 2006. He urged owner Bob Johnson to install longtime friend and business partner Fred Whitfield as the franchiseâ€™s president, and he played a key role in the hiring of head coach Larry Brown. In other areas, though, Jordan has been reluctant to use his influence and celebrity to help the team, citing other commitments and far-flung business interests.
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Check out this amazing portfolio of Creative Retouching and Manipulation by Fred Perrot, a creative from France.
The biggest surprise from Volkswagen’s preview show on the eve of the Geneva Auto show was without a doubt the new plug-in electric hybrid Porsche concept car. Called the 918 Sypder, the stunning ride can allegedly get 78 miles per gallon, can go 16 miles on electric charge alone, and can do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.
Seeing the car in person at its unveiling, I can tell you without doubt that it’s gorgeous. All other stats are as Porsche has divulged them. And while Jalopnik roles its eyes (500 hp at 78 mpg?), it’s the idea that I’m most interested in.
Porsche coming out with a bona fide plug-in electric will make waves far beyond the crowd concerned with fuel efficiency–and even if its stats aren’t quite as hot as the press release touts, it’s still a significant development. This is a pretty big leap for a well-entrenched performance car co.–perhaps it’s a response to the Fiskers and Teslas that could soon be eating into Porsche’s market share.
And the chairman of Porsche noted at the unveiling event that the company has never made a concept car that it didn’t bring to production–hinting that the odds were likely that the Spyder 918 was more than just a stunt to get green car geeks drooling.
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Most kids in North America grew up with a set of Legos, most parents have probably stepped painfully on the hard little blocks in their bare feet, and most Lego blocks will outlast your kids, nieces and nephews, even grandkids. According to the manufacturer, there have been enough Lego parts made to provide every human on earth with 52 pieces. They are one of the most popular and creative toys on the planet. What to do with that box of perfectly good plastic blocks gathering dust in your attic or garage?
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Winner of Design Philadelphia, a design competition put on byÂ The Cadence Watch Company, Josh Chadwickâ€™s Digital-Analog timepiece concept combines the design elements of an analog watch with the aesthetics of a digital display. Currently pursuing a masters degree in industrial design at Philadelphiaâ€™s University of the Arts, Chadwick effectively repurposes the characteristics of a classical timepiece in a nontraditional, elegant and modern package. The face of the watch has a modern digital display while still functioning like a traditional analog watch; the informational display in the center of the watch provides additional information (date, day of the week, AM/PM), while the outer rings represent the minute and hour hands. Similar to other nontraditional approaches to time-telling (likeÂ Nooka), the Digital Analog watch by Josh Chadwick is a sleek modern alternative for those looking for unique design aesthetic. Available for pre-order here.
Khalid Mohtaseb was hired by two international networks to shoot some footage of the devastation in Haiti a week after a major earthquake hit the region. He got several lenses, his Canon 5D Mark II, and a Kessler Pocket Dolly and shot this touching footage in just 2 days using only available light.