|At Pittsburgh -14 Carolina
PICK: Steelers -14
|At Chicago -1 NY Jets
PICK: Bears -1
|Dallas -7 At Arizona
PICK: Cowboys -7
|Baltimore -3.5 At Cleveland
PICK: Ravens -3.5
|At Miami -3.5 Detroit
PICK: Lions +3.5
|At Kansas City -5 Tennessee
PICK: Chiefs -5
|At Philadelphia -14.5 Minnesota
PICK: Eagles -14.5
|Indianapolis -3 At Oakland
PICK: Colts -3
|At Jacksonville -7 Washington
PICK: Jags -7
|Houston -2.5 At Denver
PICK: Texans -2.5
|At St. Louis -2.5 San Francisco
PICK: Rams -2.5
|At Green Bay -3 NY Giants
PICK: Packers -3
|At Tampa Bay -6 Seattle
PICK: Bucs -6
|San Diego -7.5 At Cincinnati
PICK: Chargers -7.5
|New England -8 At Buffalo
PICK: Pats -8
|At Atlanta -2.5 New Orleans
PICK: Saints +2.5
Last week: 7-9
Let’s face it, most dudes are slobs. I know I am. Guys are just a messy bunch and we just don’t focus too much on improving our living spaces. Organization and cleanliness are typically not top priorities for us. We care more about acquiring tech items than we do about organizing and arranging them in a neat and tidy way.
But arranging your living space is important. You don’t have to go all Feng Shui with it, but a little organization to the madness never hurt anyone. Having your home free from clutter is really quite liberating. It centers you and gives a relaxing retreat from the world.
When your home is loaded with junk and jumbled piles of disorganized clothes, gear and other personal items, it gives you an uneasy feeling that you carry around with you all day. Even if you notice it, disorder in your living space is just plain toxic.
Now you don’t have to be a professional interior designer to improve in the way you organize your living space. All it takes is a little bit of effort and a focus on functionality and compartmentalization for you to free yourself from the mental baggage of a messy home.
I recently had the chance to speak with Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, the founder of ApartmentTherapy.com, and he shared with me his thoughts on the importance of bringing order to your living space. We also discussed the notion of “techorating,” and Maxwell shared with me some products that can help you spruce up your place by removing unnecessary cord clutter. Take a look at the video:
One of the products that Maxwell showcased was the Duracell myGrid. After my interview with Maxwell, Duracell sent me a unit to check out. The myGrid is super-flat charging pad that serves as a cord-free charging station for different types of phones. It works with Blackberry, iPhone, Motorola, Nokia and LG phones (note: you’ll need an additional power sleeve if you have an iPhone).
After inserting a power clip to the back of your phone (or using the sleeve with an iPhone), you can simply drop your phone on the flat surface of the myGrid and it’ll charge without any cords. The myGrid lets you charge up to four phones at once, which is great if you live with someone who has a different phone than you do. The myGrid lets you get rid of pesky charging stations that you only use for a couple of hours anyway. You can get rid of all chargers and just drop the phone right on the myGrid surface when you walk through the door.
If you’re looking for a last-last minute Christmas item for anyone who needs help organizing their dangled phone charging situation, check the myGrid out. With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time for you to start de-cluttering your life for 2011!
It’s funny how sports lets us talk about cultural themes that we don’t normally discuss in everyday conversation. Let’s take gender equality for example. It’s not really something you talk about on the regular, but when the women’s basketball team at UConn tries to break the all-time NCAA basketball winning streak, the issue becomes a source for water cooler conversation all week. Sports allows us to talk about bigger issues in a totally detached, relaxed and conversational way. Under the umbrella of athletic competition, no topic is off limits. Everything – culture, identity, values, etc. – can be folded in.
That’s why the Ines Sainz/Jets story took on such a life of its own. Sexism and exploitation are interesting topics, but they become much more discussable when wrapped in the easy-going blanket of sports talk.
I’m sure you’ve heard about what happened when TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz visited a Jets practice back in September. Stories came out that this stunning reporter was subjected to all kinds of disrespectful behavior by the Jets players (and other members of the organization). Balls were thrown her way on the practice field so that players could try to bump into her. There was some lewd behavior reported in the locker room when Sainz was trying to interview QB Mark Sanchez.
Sainz was embarrassed and tweeted about it. Fellow reporters were offended and jumped to her defense. The Association for Women in Sports Media stepped in and filed a complaint with the Jets and the NFL. The story blew up, and Sainz even appeared on Good Morning America to talk about it.
After the story reached critical mass, two opinion camps formed. One camp saw Sainz as a victim of sexual harassment, in the workplace no less. Here’s a woman with an established career as a professional sports journalist who was mistreated by a bunch of chauvinistic, sophomoric football players. Her rights needed to be defended, and the culture of pro football players, with respect to their treatment of women reporters, needed to be changed dramatically.
The other camp saw Sainz as an opportunist. A sexy bombshell who used her good looks and attention-hunger to exploit a situation for her own gain. I mean what sort of treatment did she expect wearing jeans that tight?
After speaking with Sainz, I believe that there’s a lot of gray area to explore between these two opinion camps. Ines Sainz is a lot of things. She’s a wife, a mother, an international sports personality and a former Miss Spain. Sainz’s journalistic approach may be a bit cheeky, but she’s not just some bimbo journo. She’s articulate, engaging and experienced. Sainz has interviewed over 300 athletes in her career, guys like Peyton Manning and Lionel Messi, Roger Federer and Jerry Rice. She’s covered all kinds of sports events from around the world. Super Bowls, top tennis matches, multiple World Cups. Stuff like that.
Is she gorgeous? Unquestionably yes. Is she a victim of sexual harassment? She’ll be the first one to tell you no. When I asked her if she felt mistreated by the Jets players that day at practice, this is what she said:
“No, I didn’t feel like they were not treating me well. I went there, I did my job. I had the chance to make my interview when I arrived at the locker room. Evidently, the moment [in the locker room] wasn’t the best. But it wasn’t as rude as people think because – as I said many times – I just hear things like ‘Senorita Bonita’ or ‘I want to be Mexican’ or something like that. Probably, Latin women, we are kind of used to men that say something nice to us. But it wasn’t anything offensive or sexual even. I think that it’s lean, the line that you can cross between being nice and always friendly and, I don’t know, cat calls I think they call it. So I truly believe that in this particular moment, it wasn’t a bad thing. Everything was not with the intention to disturb me,” she said.
One woman’s compliment is another woman’s sexual harassment. So was it all an overreaction?
Dude, we are days away from you needing to bring an amazing gift to wherever it is you go to celebrate Christmas. Now you can try to pick up a bottle or some other last minute gift, but if you’re giving the gift of booze, you might as well be classy about it.
Enter the 2010 Macallan Holiday Gift Pack. It’s a sweet bottle of Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky housed in a posh-purple, trippy-3D festive holiday box. The packaging will capture everyone’s eye, but the bottle inside will capture their hearts. The Sherry Oak 18 Year Scotch is a top-shelf holiday beverage that incorporates hints of dark chocolate-orange, dried fruits and spices for a smoothness that’ll please anyone on your gift list. The spirit is aged for a minimum of 18 years in Spanish Oak casks that are handcrafted and sherry seasoned in Jerez, Spain. How many other bottles can make this claim?
If you need to pull an amazing gift together, the 2010 Macallan Holiday Gift Pack should be on your short list of go-to items. It looks as good as it drinks, and it’ll distinguish you as a thoughtful giver of good taste. The bottle’s not cheap (you can find it for around $150), but if you need to impress your girlfriend’s Dad, a loveable Uncle with discerning tastes or your own Scotch-lovin’ pops, you can’t go wrong with this timeless holiday package.
Attention last minute shoppers! Still scrambling for that perfect gift? Not sure what to get that special someone on your list? Well if you’ve waited till the last minute to find a kickass gift, you’re in luck. The AR.Drone quadricopter will set you apart from every other gift giver this Christmas. It’s essentially a flying video game that you can control with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Sound crazy? Well, it is.
The AR.Drone is a remote controlled quadricopter that has an on-board Wi-Fi System that allows you to play other AR. Drone users on a network. If you have two AR. Drones in the mix, you can compete in the multiplayer game AR.FlyingAce. This augmented reality game lets you launch missiles at your buddy during some seriously interactive dogfights. Check it out:
The Parrot AR.Drone is designed to operate both inside and outside. The average range is an impressive 50 meters/ 160 feet. The thing can fly up to 6 meters/ 20 feet high!
There are two cameras embedded in each AR. Drone, one in the front of the drone and one located underneath the quadricopter facing the ground. You can fly the thing around all by yourself and get a live video feed on your iPhone screen, or you can battle a friend in some head-to-head action. The AR.FreeFlight game and the AR.FlyingAce game are both available through iTunes.
How does it all work? Check out the Parrot Facebook page to see for yourself. Once you give the page a thumbs up, you’ll have access to videos of Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash displaying his impressive flying skills. Just click on the Steve Nash tab to see Nash test out the AR.Drone after practice and battle through five different challenges.
MANjr will not let you go into the holidays empty handed, so we’re giving away a Steve Nash autographed AR.Drone to one lucky visitor! That’s a $299 value right there, kids. The runner-up will receive an autographed basketball as well.
Interested? You should be! Here are the details for entering the contest:
- Visit the Parrot Facebook page to view the videos of Steve Nash
- Leave a comment below telling us how many times Nash was able to circle the AR.Drone around himself.
That’s it! Winners will be selected at random next Tuesday, December 21.
Whether you win a free AR.Drone or not, this thing’s definitely worth checking out. It combines the enjoyment of remote control flying with the fun of video games all in a super accessible way.
Good luck and happy holidays from Parrot and MANjr!