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Posted by funnygunny on 05 September 2011 - 02:07 PM
Posted by DonovanMcnabb for H.O.F on 17 July 2014 - 10:18 PM
Ok, exaggeration to the extreme, but this is still pretty impressive. Wonder who this could be...
Adrian College student’s high-tech shoe store design wins international prize
An Adrian College interior design student is among this year’s International Design Award winners.
Joel Mbala-Nkanga is a senior at Adrian College.
The project Joel Mbala-Nkanga submitted for the competition was a retail shoe store called HEEL. According to a news release from Adrian College, his idea was to create a sales setting that allowed customers to make transactions via their smartphones, or to have the option to interact with a salesperson. In his design, interactive touchscreens and rounded TVs let costumers view products, locations and costs.
Adrian School Scholar Earns Next Prize in Interior Design Competitors
LOS ANGELES, California (Jul sixteen, 2014) – When the Global Design Award winners were introduced before this thirty day period, Adrian Higher education college student Joel Mbala-Nkanga was amongst individuals lauded. His entry for the HEEL Retail Shop acquired the Second Prize in the Interior Layout Competitors. This once-a-year contest acknowledges, honors and encourages style visionaries and uncovers emerging skills in architecture, interior layout, graphic and trend layout.
Adrian College Student Earns Second Prize in Interior Design Competition
LOS ANGELES, California (Jul 16, 2014) – When the International Design Award winners were announced earlier this month, Adrian College student Joel Mbala-Nkanga was among those lauded. His entry for the HEEL Retail Shop earned the Second Prize in the Interior Design Competition. This annual contest recognizes, honors and promotes design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in architecture, interior design, graphic and fashion design.
If only this guy could learn how to smile, and not make awkward faces. Haha.
Posted by Socal on 11 June 2014 - 02:43 PM
Just got the call from my oncologist a half hour ago, the tests on my lymph nodes they removed came back negative, I am cancer free.
Thanks for the support guys.
Posted by Zack_of_Steel on 07 September 2011 - 12:13 PM
Posted by RANGA on 05 September 2011 - 07:45 PM
Posted by NaTaS on 13 September 2011 - 12:51 PM
Wanna know about me? Feel free to call the Framingham Police Department. Officer Stoesz. Badge #3767. You wanna know so fucking bad, give them a call. Or, you can lulz at Zack and his pathetic no-life ass and his photoshop skills. But like I said....think I'm not a cop? Here ya go. Call and see for yourself.Officer Jason Stoesz. Badge #3767. Or laugh it up with Zack. I don't give a shit which.
Posted by RANGA on 10 September 2011 - 11:11 AM
Posted by Tridentdawgpound on 10 January 2014 - 05:57 PM
I sent this email to Michael Lombardi's email address from the National Football Post. Hope he still reads that one.
Mr. Lombardi,I understand you are having some trouble finding your organization's new head coach. Well, do I have some good news for you! I am offering to fill the position for only five times the pay of the average NFL coach!! And that's not all: I've already assembled a staff of some great prospective coaches! Combined, the coaches on my staff have a total of zero games of head coaching experience. And these guys are the best of the best. Like, if you assembled a staff with Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Bill Belichick, and Bill Walsh, that staff would only be a little better than this one. Without further ado, here is your championship staff!Head Coach: Me. Duh. I have at least 60 years left to live and I can be your coach for all of them!Offensive Coordinator: This guy named Joe. Heavily influenced by the high flying offense used by your most recent head coach in Carolina.Defensive Coordinator: Some Viking Fan. The youngest member of the staff by a few years, this guy has the least experience of the bunch. Absolute must hire.ST Coordinator: This guy named Russell. Russell is a pothead that works at McDonald's and might be underqualified for his current employment. A spot on my staff is perfect for him,QB Coach: A guy known only as "FartWaffles". He eats waffles and he farts. Can probably also be a player/coach at the QB position.RB Coach: My good friend JD. JD has a classic running back's physique, and can mold the backs on the roster into tip-top shape to perform their best.WR Coach: This guy I kinda don't like named Chaz. Chaz is only on the staff so that people don't think I'm a racist. You can be sure that if we aren't good, Chaz is going to quit on the team, but we won't be not good, so it won't matter.TE Coach: Greg. His area of expertise is actually the secondary but he was overqualified for that position. However, he is perfectly qualified to pretend to coach one of the league's top tight ends.OL Coach: BWareDware. He'll actually coach for at least six other teams throughout the season; hope that's okay.DL Coach: Vin. Vinny is a natural born leader who can't possibly make our pass rushers more inconsistent.LB Coach: Sean Brock. Sean is like the Michael Irvin of LB coaches, and by that I mean he snorts copious amounts of cocaine. Has good history with LB's and is probably overqualified.DB Coach: Joel. Joel has never coached but played in college. His background is with the shutdown secondary of the Detroit Lions, so he'll fit in with us.Strength/Conditioning Coach: Stevie V. Stevie is a high school math teacher with no athletic or fitness knowledge. Perfect fit for my staff.Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects Coach: Brady. Brady might be the most qualified of my staff members for his position.So here is your staff, Mr. Lombardi. I guarantee you AT LEAST five Super Bowls this season, which should be enough to save my job. Please reply back. Toodaloo.- Coach Tommy.
Posted by DonovanMcnabb for H.O.F on 14 May 2015 - 02:37 PM
So for those of you who don't know, the last 7 days or so, I was in Haiti on a missions trip to build rain catchers for homes in the village of Seguin. ZoS and Waffles suggested I make a thread about it, so here you go. Lol. Wasn't really something I was going to do because of work, but the baby mama persuaded me to come with her and her church. Raincatchers are pretty much just rain collecting systems (gutters) that we designed with natural filters to capture rain, and give them water.
Haiti, for those of you who don't know is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and in most villages women usually have to walk miles every other day to grab clean water, and bring it back to there house.
Anyway I got some pics of the adventure for y'all, story mode.
Started off in the Detroit plane heading off to Miami, I had her take the window seat cause I got massive fear of heights:
Then we went from Miami:
To Port Au Prince (biggest city in Haiti):
Every street looked like this:
Driving laws?? Not existent, I recorded the LEAST busy street we drove on, and even this had me scared for my life. Lol:
We went to a fancy hotel, and then the following day drove up a mountain for 6 hours. In this truck where we had to stand up and hold on for dear life because of bumps and holes on the roads up. No photos were taken of this unfortunately because my phone is huge and I didn't wanna drop it.
This was the scene we had to travel every day:
These were the houses we were working on. She did a lot of standing around while I did a ton of the work. >_>
The kids? They loved me. It was ridiculous, they often even left their homes and wanted to come work with me. They were the best part of this trip.
And what do they love to do? Sledding... How? Well...
The scenes from our clinic? Beautiful:
We played a TON of soccer. Soccer is truly KING everywhere but USA.
The kids were often fed our leftovers, every night when we fed them I had nothing but goosebumps:
And finally, this was my favorite part of the trip. I gave this baby girl my breakfast snack before finally leaving. Watching her eat it legit bought a tear to my eye. This was toward when she was done eating.
Anyway, it was a truly humbling and exciting experience. The village we were at had no toilets, so kids, naturally peed and pooped anywhere they could, along with the sheep, cows, donkeys, horses that lived there so I'm pretty sure I stepped on a lot of fecal matter.
We also didn't take showers while we were in the village to preserve water. I took 2 showers while in Haiti, first and last day. Ha.
Posted by Thanatos on 25 March 2015 - 08:00 PM
Several of you know based on what I posted in the shoutbox the other day that my sister had a mass in her lung found by the doctors.
She finally got word back today from the specialist that it is entirely benign and is significantly smaller than originally thought. Nothing wrong with her at all.
He thinks there was a glitch with the original machine, because while there is a something out of place there, it is not nearly as big as it was originally shown to be. It is entirely non-cancerous.
Anywho, she is completely fine. I am, needless to say, rather relieved.
Posted by Mathias on 20 October 2014 - 12:49 AM
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Posted by BucD on 14 September 2015 - 10:15 PM
Posted by Socal on 08 June 2014 - 02:54 PM
I wanted to use my situation as an opportunity to educate this forum as well as whoever I can on skin cancer and particularly melanoma (the most aggressive and dangerous of the 3 types of skin cancer), the type that I unfortunately have.
I say educate because up until 2 weeks ago, I still thought skin cancer was just something that is removed and you go on living your life normally, they believe skin cancer rarely kills people (i'd say most people don't even realize that it can kill anyone, it just scars tissue on your body).
I am not sure how skin cancer got this reputation compared to other types of cancer. The fact is that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, 3.5 million people are diagnosed annually. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. The two types of skin cancer aside from melanoma are called basal cell and squamous cell, and account for 98% of all skin cancer diagnoses.
Malignant melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases but overwhelmingly makes up most deaths. One person dies of melanoma every hour. Over 76,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed this year, and nearly 10,000 deaths are estimated.
Tomorrow I have a three hour surgery where the surgeons will remove a 4 inch long and about 2 inch wide piece of tissue where the original tumor is removed, this procedure is called a wide excision melanoma and is done to ensure that all cancerous cells near the tumor are completely removed.
Before this, the surgeon will complete what is called a sentinel node biopsy where he will inject a radioactive blue dye into the tissue near the tumor. This dye will then be picked up by the lymphatic system and brought to the nearest lymph node. A small wand like device that detects radiation will then be passed over the site to locate the specific lymph node. The node will most likely be in my groin, or axillary area (underneath the armpit). Once it is located, the surgeon will then remove the node and send it out to a pathologist to be analyzed for cancer.
This procedure is done to diagnose the stage of the cancer (levels 1-4) right now I have level 1B cancer with the knowledge they have. It will tell them if the cancer has spread, if it has, it bumps me up to level 3B and additionally surgery and treatment is required.
I find out the results Wednesday night, the doctors are confident that it will come back negative so I am hopeful for that. Wish me luck and hope, pray for the best.
If you want to see video of the surgery, you can look up sentinel node biopsy and wide excision melanoma on youtube (caution its graphic).
P.S.A wear your sunscreen, and if you don't at least put it all over your kids if you have them.
Posted by Vin on 26 February 2015 - 07:24 AM
Posted by SteVo on 04 May 2014 - 07:20 AM
Knights of Andreas
Chapter One – Prologue
Word first escapes the residence around 6:23 Pacific Time via a series of text messages. Household members tell the first people who come to mind, and amidst one of the exchanges, the line of communication branches out to a local reporter. He checks with his sources and confirms the news within two minutes. He attaches his name to the report and the rest of the nation soon takes hold of the sudden news that on this day, February 11, 2009, a legend has gone: Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis has passed away in his home.
News travels fast in the NFL.
A franchise once known for prominence receives yet another blow in a turn of events that has turned it into one known for turbulence. It is one year since Lane Kiffin was hired as head coach, a little over four months since he was fired, and seven days since Davis announced Tom Cable, interim head coach, would permanently retain the title.
It is unclear how the rest of the league will react to the news. Only ten days ago they witnessed the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals and win their sixth Super Bowl in exciting fashion. The Raiders have three Super Bowls, two as the Oakland Raiders and one as the Los Angeles Raiders.
Over the following days, the Raiders focus on the loss of one of the league’s greatest owners and successfully dodge questions about the line of ownership—about the future of the Raiders.
Behind the scenes, multiple interactions take place. Phone numbers are exchanged. Dollar figures are bounced back and forth. One of the men in on these negotiations is Wayne Schneider. A native resident of Los Angeles, Wayne is a respected businessman and has even been executive producer on a few Hollywood productions. Wayne stays in constant contact with Tim Leiweke, Anschutz Entertainment Group president/CEO, and Casey Wasserman, former Los Angeles Avengers owner. They are wealthy, powerful men like him, and he needs them in order to close the deal. He can’t have a football team without a stadium.
Thanks to financial proposals with lots of zeros and spurred by a media frenzy, things move quickly. By the end of February, Wayne Schneider is the new owner of the Oakland Raiders. As anticipated, he announces the upcoming season with be the Raiders’ last in Oakland; they are moving (back) to Los Angeles.
The news sends shockwaves through the league like a Southern California earthquake. Fans of all 32 teams anticipate a highly publicized press conference where Schneider officially announces the decision.
In the opening moments of his speech he conveys his likability. He is young, charismatic, even charming—the kind of guy who seems like he could run for President, though he chose a much more prosperous career. He describes Farmers Field, which will be built adjacent to the Staples Center as planned, in fantastic detail and says construction will be complete well in time for the 2010 season. For the 2009 season, the Raiders will keep their current coaching staff and management personnel in place.
“Management personnel” is a strange choice of words because Oakland no longer has a general manager. Does Schneider have a plan? He plays it close to the chest, eventually promoting the team’s vice president of player personnel to the position on an interim basis. Fans in Los Angeles grow worried; will Schneider be a hands-on owner? Will he want too much control? He insists he won’t, but actions speak louder than words. The league knows all too well what Al Davis’ level of control ultimately did to the Raiders in his later years. Some in the national media speculate that Schneider only wants to sweat out the team’s last year in Oakland, then give the organization a top-down renovation upon its move to L.A.
Commissioner Goodell eventually announces that the Raiders, upon their move to Los Angeles, will remain in the AFC West. Logistically, the move is very convenient for the NFL; they bring football back to Los Angeles and don’t need to realign the league’s geography to do so. Goodell, of course, has been communicating with Schneider all along. There’s nothing in the turn of events he doesn’t like; he gets the Los Angeles franchise he wanted much sooner than he anticipated. The public focuses on other aspects. Will they be the Los Angeles Raiders? Will their color scheme change? Mr. Schneider will answer those questions in due time, Goodell says.
The offseason goes on. The Raiders stroll through free agency without any major moves. They make minor transactions, of course, though every decision goes through Wayne Schneider. He grew up a lifelong football fan, has kept up with the NFL, and is competent enough to supervise personnel decisions. But he can’t be running things by himself. He will need a general manager. And he’ll have one. All in due time.
Schneider sits in the war room during the 2009 NFL Draft but overrules nothing. With the seventh overall pick, the Raiders take Darrius Heyward-Bey, a raw, size-speed receiver with high potential. The media scoffs at it, calling it “the pick Al Davis would have made.” Raiders fans in Oakland and Los Angeles criticize Schneider for the first time. Why is he waiting to start rebuilding? This is lost time the team will surely pay for later.
The NFL drags through summer, the last lull before preseason. With nothing better to do, fans speculate about the future of the Raiders. Fans in Oakland vent their anger at their departing team while Los Angeles eagerly awaits the return of an NFL franchise. Through sound bytes, Schneider hints that the team will have a new nickname. What will it be? What colors will they have? What do the jerseys look like? Schneider doesn’t say.
The 2009 season begins. The Raiders kick off their farewell tour at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with a loss to the Chargers on Monday Night Football in front of a sold out crowd. The following week, they manage to beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, an upset that makes people think the Raiders might not be as bad as predicted this year.
The next three games erase all doubt; the Raiders lose all three in blowout fashion. At the same time, the Raiders fail to sell tickets for their home games, all of which are blacked out locally. The losses continue to pile up, along with the construction of Farmers Field.
Wayne Schneider conducts his own player evaluations. Quarterback JaMarcus Russell is dreadful, and Coach Cable benches him for Bruce Gradkowski halfway through the season. Neither quarterback has any receivers to throw to; rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey appears even rawer than expected, and tight end Zach Miller is the pass game’s only legitimate target. Darren McFadden splits carries with Michael Bush in the backfield but neither does much behind an inept offensive line. On defense, the Raiders actually display a formidable secondary including the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha and Tyvon Branch, but an awful front seven gives them no opportunity to put their talent to use.
During the team’s bye week, by which point the Raiders are 1-7, Schneider makes an announcement: the Raiders will be changing their name to the Knights. Fans seem to like this. He provides an artist’s rendering of their new uniforms: dark purple with accents of black and silver. Fans in Los Angeles complain the color scheme is too similar to the Kings, Los Angeles’ NHL team. Schneider doesn’t care.
December soon arrives. While the rest of the league gears up for the playoffs, fans in Oakland start to accept their team’s fate, this season and beyond. The Raiders manage to get one more win, at home against the Redskins. The fans cheer louder than they have all year.
The NFL announces Pro Bowl rosters. The AFC roster includes three Raiders: Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler, and Nnamdi Asomugha.
The Raiders end their season against the Ravens with another loss, their last in Oakland, giving them a 2-14 record, tied with the Detroit Lions for second worst in the league.
The next day, Black Monday, Tom Cable joins three other NFL coaches in being fired. Wayne Schneider commends Cable for his efforts but says the franchise “must head in a new direction to accompany our new location.” Schneider also purges most of the front office, or what’s left of it, and moves quickly to set up interviews for the general manager position.
Truthfully, Schneider has been reaching out to potential GMs for the past month. He needs to fill the position quickly. There are four NFL teams with head coaching vacancies, and they need to be filled as soon as possible; Schneider needs his GM first. Four interviews are scheduled, though he suspects he’ll only need one.
Chance Phillips flies from Pittsburgh to Oakland and chats with Schneider for hours. They discuss Phillips’ history, from his Master’s in Sports Management to his four years as assistant general manager with the Steelers. Conversation is friendly, but Schneider doesn’t shy from asking difficult questions. Phillips cites several successful draft picks in Pittsburgh that he supported, declares his intention to never sign a bad contract, and makes his best case that he is the best man for the job of general manager.
Schneider interviews one more candidate before canceling the others. Two days before the playoffs begin, Chance Phillips is announced as the Oakland Raiders’ general manager. After an introductory press conference, Phillips moves quickly to hire the rest of his front office. He tries to steal as many of his contacts from Pittsburgh as possible while reaching out to other names he has come to deem valuable. He enjoys the freedom Schneider gives him with his decisions. “In hiring you,” Schneider says, “I place my utmost faith in you to build a winning football team. Don’t let me get in the way.”
Concurrently, Phillips looks to find his team’s head coach, priority number one. As the calendar turns to January, Phillips sets up three interviews: USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll, UCONN Huskies head coach Caden Daniel, and former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan.
Phillips, Schneider, and their pieced-together front office interview Carroll and Daniel. Shanahan cancels his interview, about to sign with the Washington Redskins. The media learns of Carroll’s interview and fans in Los Angeles go crazy. Already familiar with Carroll through his success at USC, the public majority swoons over the idea of Carroll as their head coach.
The first day of the playoffs, a Saturday, Phillips and Schneider sit quietly in Schneider’s home (Phillips is still in the process of moving to Los Angeles) and contemplate their decision.
“Chance,” Schneider says, “This is your decision. I’m fine with whoever you pick, though you know how I feel about Carroll.”
“I really thought you’d like him because he’s local to L.A.,” Phillips says.
“I like that from a PR perspective; I just think Carroll is a bust in the NFL.”
“We can debate the X’s and O’s for hours. Carroll has won a championship, Daniel hasn’t. Daniel had less to work with than Carroll.”
“There’s a lot to like about both. Something tells me you’ve already made up your mind, though.”
“Then go for it.”
“Let’s go, Mr. GM. Make the call.”
About two hours later, just after the Jets and Bengals have kicked off, ESPN reports the Seahawks will hire Pete Carroll as their head coach. By the time the Jets win, multiple media outlets confirm the news.
The next day, just as the Cardinals and Packers go into overtime of a high-scoring game, Chance Phillips gets a phone call. He relays the news to Wayne Schneider, and it somehow reaches the media within minutes: the Raiders have hired Caden Daniel as head coach.
Older fans know of Daniel for his NFL career as a journeyman quarterback who won two Super Bowls as a backup. His coaching experience includes the college ranks exclusively: quarterbacks coach at the University of North Carolina, promoted to offensive coordinator, head coach at the University of Connecticut.
Daniel signs a five-year contract and is soon introduced at a press conference in Los Angeles. Phillips praises him for his leadership, ability to develop quarterbacks, and emphasis on mental toughness. Daniel humbly answers the media’s questions, repeatedly cites his excitement at leading a relocated franchise in a new direction, and promises to build a winning team.
As the media and fans of Los Angeles debate the hire—most wanted Carroll instead and the rest resent the idea of a college coach in the pros—Phillips and Daniel work together to assemble a coaching staff. Daniel has made it clear that great coordinators and assistant coaches are a priority, something Phillips liked in his interview. An offensive coach, Daniel mentions several names for offensive coordinator and Phillips offers no objection.
The defensive coordinator position presents a greater struggle. At Connecticut, Daniel had stayed away from the defense, only insisting his defensive coordinator be in line with his views from a leadership standpoint. He and Phillips go through a preliminary round of names and interviews that carries into divisional weekend. All the interviews are underwhelming.
By the time conference championship games come around, the majority of both the front office and offensive staff have been assembled. Nothing is resolved on the defensive side of the ball. Phillips and Daniel feel strongly about none of the candidates, and the ones they feel mild about have been hired. They interview a second round of coaches. By the time the Super Bowl matchup is set, the interviews are over, and the Raiders are no closer to finding their defensive coordinator.
As a matter of follow-up protocol, Phillips places a phone call to contacts of those he’s recently interviewed. Somewhere along the way, one name gets his attention: Merle Harden, former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator. Harden put a top ten defense on the field four years in a row, yet he remains unsigned by Carolina—or anyone. Why hadn’t Chance noticed this before?
Through phone conversations with people in Carolina, Phillips learns Harden is well respected by his players, but his act has somewhat worn thin on ownership, who wants to go in another direction. Though uncomfortable with ambiguous answers, Phillips discusses this with Daniel, and they schedule another interview.
Asking different types of questions, Phillips and Daniel get answers they like. Daniel makes casual football conversation with Harden when he can and warms up to the idea of him as a defensive coordinator.
Without many options left, the Raiders’ brain trust decides on Harden, and he is hired to a three-year deal. Phillips doesn’t like that he has had to compromise on a major decision (neither does Daniel), but he suspects this will be a trend over the next few years. Harden works with his new team to fill in the rest of his defensive staff, and by the time the Saints and Colts play in Super Bowl XLIV, the Raiders have their coaching staff and front office finalized.
Over the following weeks, Phillips prepares for free agency. He will not be a major player, but there is still work to do, especially on defense, where personnel must now be adjusted from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.
Eventually, on one particular predetermined date, the clock hits midnight, the 2009-10 league year ends, and the 2010-11 year begins. Along with this, free agency opens, and, more significantly, the Oakland Raiders officially become the Los Angeles Knights.
Posted by funnygunny on 01 November 2011 - 08:23 AM
Dude... you gota make this for me...
Can you change the text to say "Fail of Duty: Bangy Ops: with a picture of him?
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