Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Return Of NYC's Guardian Angels

The Return of NYC's Guardian Angels

We spend a day with the Guardian Angels, a second-wave resurgence of the 70's crime fighting group that says it's back protecting the streets and subways of New York City after a series of slashings earlier this year. 

Vigilante Justice Comes Back to NYCThe Daily Beast

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ghetto Millionaire by Amasing | COGNITIVE DRIFT

Ghetto Millionaire

We have all heard the horror stories of people who win the lottery and within a few years, wind up broke.

This isn’t the story of Ted Williams (aka man with the golden voice) story either!

Which by the way, he is unfortunately battling his own demons called — alcohol.

No, this is a story of a ghetto millionaire who tried to make an investment with his money so he can live the lap of luxury like all millionaires do. After all, accountants will tell you to invest your money to receive long term residuals and have a check coming in either once a month or at least once a year.

This ghetto millionaire is Ronnie Music Jr.; a man who has won 3 million dollars from a scratch off ticket and invested in meth as his retirement fund.

Authorities don’t know how much of the $3 million dollars he invested with the lottery winnings but Mr. Music believed it was worth the investment. Authorities seized $1.5 million street value of meth, firearms, ammunition, multiple cars, and about $600,000 in cash.

I sort of have sympathy for Mr. Music. I mean, here is a man that was trying to build for his future but he just happened to make the wrong investments.

That my friends, is what I call a ghetto millionaire! This might sound snobbish but wealth is something that needs to be acquired and conditioned. When you receive a large amount of money and you were never wealthy to begin with, you tend to spend it without knowing the consequences.

Here is some financial advice if you win the “big” lottery: if you’re not too old, don’t take the one lump sum. If you’re old, fuck it, you’re going to die anyway so take the lump sum. If you’re young, take the annual installment.

For two reasons: one, if you love money, the installment actually will give you more money than the lump sum. Two, even if you are a big fuck up and can’t manage money, you will still get a check at the end of the year.

Knowing my addictive personality, I better take the installment because even if I blew…blow my money, I’ll just have to live in a cardboard box until I get my next check. Don’t be a ghetto millionaire! — Amasing | COGNITIVE DRIFT

Thursday, July 21, 2016

MICHAEL VICK: Exclusive Bleacher Report Documentary

VICK: An Exclusive Bleacher Report Documentary

The exclusive Bleacher Report documentary on the rise and fall of Michael Vick.

Michael Vick | #7 | QB | Atlanta Falcons (2001 - 2006)

Michael Vick | #7 | QB | Philadelphia Eagles (2009 - 2013)

Michael Vick | #1 | QB | New York Jets (2014)

Michael Vick | #1 | QB | Pittsburgh Steelers (2015)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Shame Machine: Cyber-Bullying, Internet Shaming & Online Sensationalism

The Outrage Machine | Retro Report | The New York Times

Shaming punishments have been around since Eve, but the advent of social media has created a new type of mob online.

Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs within the electronic technology network — devices, equipments, gadgets and machines such as cell phones, computers, tablets and smartwatches that involves communication tools such as social media sites, text messages, chat rooms, video apps and websites.

Internet shaming a.k.a. Online shaming is a form of social control that occurs when a person violates the norms of a particular community, and the social masses respond by publicly criticizing, demeaning and/or ostracizing the victim on a social platform

Online sensationalism are media coverage of alleged scandals, controversial stories and over-hyped/over-inflated reports to increase consumer attention and increase tabloid sales — in the overall efforts to increase profits...


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

American Origins Behind South Korea's Plastic Surgery Craze

South Korea's obsession with cosmetic surgery can be traced back to an American doctor, raising uneasy questions about beauty standards.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Legend Of Leeroy Jenkins

The Legend Of Leeroy Jenkins

After watching an intense Minor League Baseball brawl: Jackals vs. Boulders via YouTube, a person posted a comment, "Let's do this..... LEEEEEEROY JEEEEENNNNNKINS!!" — which had garnered the attention of other commentators and basically had them cracking-up & dying of laughter.

Feeling totally left-out like a schoolmate "herb" who didn't understand a joke within an inner-circle, I transformed into Magnum P.I. and began an unrelenting Google Search — focusing entirely on this 'LEEROY JENKINS' character.

What I thought would take hours actually turned into one of thee most amusing, hilarious and whimsical discoveries of my pathetic online researching career!

"Leeroy Jenkins" was not the black kung-fu hero — "Bruce" Leroy Green from Berry Gordy's cult-classic film The Last Dragon (1985).

Nor was he even a colored person — after all that's said and done, he turned-out to be a mystical man known as Ben Schulz.

Look, to understand the true meaning and metaphysical prowess of, "LEEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JJJJJJJENKINSSSSSSSSsssss-ss!!!!!" is to understand inner-depths of a brazen, chicken-eating soul of a World Of Warcraft legend...

...a fearless and legendary warrior w/ a brain the size of a walnut:


Know Your Meme: Leeroy Jenkins

Know Your Meme scientist Patrick revisits "Leeeeeeeeeeerooooy Jenkinnnnns!", a popular catchphrase first screamed by a World of Warcraft player of the same name, just before ignorantly charging headlong into battle and ruining his group's carefully laid out plans.

Leeroy Jenkins: Reimagined as a Short Film

Director Finn O'Hara re-made the classic viral video 'Leeroy Jenkins' into a short film.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

POWER | Season 3 Official Trailer | STARZ

Power | Season 3 Official Trailer | STARZ

A new season of Power is on its way Sunday July 17 and only three words matter. Ghost. Must. Die.

From Executive Producer Curtis "50" Cent Jackson and show creator Courtney A. Kemp ("The Good Wife") comes season 3 of the hit drama "Power."

Will James St. Patrick's dream of leaving the drug game and finding love with the woman sworn to bring him to justice end before it begins with the specter of "Ghost" coming back to haunt him? Be careful what you wish for.


Omari Hardwick
Lela Loren
Naturi Naughton
Joseph Sikora
Andy Bean
Adam Huss
Kathrine Narducci
Sinqua Walls
Luis Antonio Ramos
Shane Johnson
Greg Serano
Lucy Walters
David Fumero
Anika Noni Rose
Lala Anthony

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Breaking Records

Wayne Gretzky rookie card smashing record at ongoing auction

Nearly two decades after his retirement, the Great One is still obliterating records.
The best-known example of Wayne Gretzky's 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card is up for auction and the early action has been historic. Bidding for the card, which is being offered by Goldin Auctions, already has reached $200,000, more than double the previous record for a modern hockey card.
Estimates suggest the bidding could reach $400,000 by the time the card is finally sold. That's a staggering leap from the then-record $94,163 that the card last traded for back in May, 2011.
"The card is the flag bearer for the hockey market," said Ken Goldin, president of Goldin Auctions. "It is the most valuable and most sought after hockey card, by far."

Gretzky rookies aren't particularly hard to come by, especially if you don't mind a copy that looks like it was carried in a kid's back pocket for a month. But high quality copies are few and far between and demand is rising. Goldin says that lesser copies of the card, which sold for around $5,000 just five years ago, are now averaging nearly $30,000 each.

But this card is one-of-a-kind. According to PSA, a company that independently assesses the condition of cards, it has graded 3,727 copies of the O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card. This is the only one to earn the highest score, a PSA 10. By way of comparison, three copies of Mickey Mantle's most desirable card, his 1952 Topps, have earned a similar PSA 10.
What makes this Gretzky stand out are the nearly straight edges. Virtually all copies of this card are rough cut, reportedly because the company used wires to separate individual cards from printing sheets.
Online bidding continues through 1 p.m. on Aug. 4, with live bidding concluding later that evening at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. — Allan Muir | Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mr. Robot — One Of The Best New Series Of The New Millennium

An exploration of the authenticity and societal impact of the award-winning hacker drama Mr. Robot. USA's hit show.

About: MR. ROBOT follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. The series also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen.

'Mr. Robot' Delivers USA Network Its First Drama Series Emmy Nom Deadline


Monday, July 11, 2016

Tim Duncan Announces NBA Retirement From San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

Five-Time Champion Concludes 19-Year Career in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2016) – San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years

Originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.

The 40-year-old Duncan comes off of a season in which he led the NBA in Defensive RPM (5.41) and became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team. He helped the Spurs to a franchise-best 67-15 record and also became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
Duncan totaled 15 All-NBA Team selections (tied for most all-time) and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors (most all-time), garnering both honors in the same season 15 times, the most in league history. The 1998 Rookie of the Year was named NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005).

In his NBA career, the 15-time All-Star appeared in a total of 1,392 games and averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks in 34.0 minutes. He shot .506 (10,285-20,334) from the floor and .696 (5,896-8,468) from the free throw line.
The Wake Forest graduate is the Spurs all-time NBA leader in total points (26,496), rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020), minutes (47,368) and games played (1,392), as well as third in assists (4,225). In NBA history, Duncan is fifth all-time in double-doubles (841) and blocks, sixth in rebounding and 14th in scoring.
As the only player in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs, Duncan ranks first all-time in postseason double-doubles (164) and blocks (568), third in rebounds (2,859) and sixth in points (5,172). For his career, Duncan appeared in 251 postseason contests (second all-time) and averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.3 minutes while shooting .501 (1,975-3,939) from the field.

Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan is part of the NBA record for most wins by a trio in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Duncan and Gregg Popovich have the most wins by a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001) and the Spurs forward finishes his career in San Antonio as one of just three players in NBA history, along with John Stockton and Kobe Bryant, to spend 19 seasons with one franchise. — Spurs

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My Cousin Mary Ellen's Immaculate West Village Apartment in NYC

"Our love for Japanese design, and respect for it as a precursor to the midcentury aesthetic, came into the design of the radiator covers," architect and designer Suchi Reddy says. In the living room, a sofa by esteemed midcentury designer Milo Baughman joins a Bambi lounge chair by Norwegian designers Rolf Rastad and Adolf Relling. The pendant light is the Mori Leaf model from Rich Brilliant Willing. Architect Matthew Viederman designed new finishes for the floors, bathrooms, and kitchen. Reddy's team spearheaded the furniture selection as well as the millwork at the radiators.

725 Square Feet and Loads of Modern Gems

This compact New York City apartment is chock-full of vintage highlights.

The dining set was designed by midcentury Danish deisgner Hans Olsen. It's illuminated by a duo of Mori Gourd pendants, also by Rich Brilliant Willing.

This apartment in New York's West Village was refined by Reddymade Design for a couple based in Los Angeles. Located in a 1910 building that had been converted to a co-op in the late 1980s, the apartment is a compact 725 square feet.
A significant art piece by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick and Bernie Taupin anchors the living room.
The couple, an artist and a talent manager, live in a midcentury house on the West Coast, but maintain a second home in Manhattan. "They wanted us to make the apartment not just a pied-Ă -terre, but a home," principal Suchi Reddy says.
In the office, a 1950s desk by Paul McCobb is complemented by an Eames chair and the Boi desk lamp by David Weeks Studio. The lighted mirror is a piece called "Through the Looking Glass" by Earl Reiback.
"The clients' love for midcentury design, as well as their art collection, were major generators of the design concept," Reddy says. "Our approach became a careful selection and curation of one-of-a-kind pieces that we juxtaposed with their art."
The Simple Hi bed by Formstelle defines the bedroom, which also features a custom nightstand by Reddymade Design, Levo sconces by Cerno, a vintage Moroccan rug, and an Isamu Noguchi pendant.
The couple's collection includes works by Cecily Brown and Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, among others. — DWELL

The chair, by Danish designer Arne Hovmand-Olsen, was purchased through Wright. The dresser was sourced from Chairish.
Written by Allison Weiss | Photos by Ball & Albanese

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