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At the tender age of 15-years-old, Michal Landers has become the youngest player ever to win the Men’s USA Table Tennis National Singles Championship. He overcame a three-games-to-one deficit in the best-of-seven final match on Dec. 19th in Las Vegas.
This piece includes color photographs, as well as the exciting video of the Final Match for the Men's Table Tennis Championship.
Please visit my website to view the photographs, and to watch this amazing video:
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2009/12/31/15-year-old-ping-pong-prodigy-wins-usa-table-tennis-national-championship/At the tender age of 15-years-old, Michal Landers has become the youngest player ever... more
“Dunny” is a dreamy, but very sad short film by Philip Van, which was a Grand Jury Finalist at the 2007 Raindance Film Festival. The film tells the story of an over-weight and bullied boy, who nonetheless is resolute in his courtship of a popular girl. It pulls no punches as Dunny attempts to give the girl a note expressing his feelings and is surprisingly invited over for dinner by her mom, which leads to even more embarrassment.
Includes a number of color photographs from the film, as well as the very sad short, “Dunny.”
Please visit my website to view the photographs, and to watch this emotionally touching short film:
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/dunny-the-weight-of-a-man/“Dunny” is a dreamy, but very sad short film by Philip Van, which was a... more
“George Washington” is David Gordon Green’s acclaimed impressionistic Southern Gothic debut film, which one reviewer described as “within a heart-shot of William Faulkner.” Green won the Best First Film prize from the New York Film Critics, the Discovery Award at Toronto and the Best Director Prize at The Newport Film Festival.
Green’s feature debut is a seamless blend of subjectivity, pseudo-documentary, evocation of childhood and mythopoeia. In an impoverished small town in North Carolina, various misfit and poor children converse. “Look at this place,” one boy says to another. “It looks like two tornadoes came through here.” The town is dilapidated; one of the “tornadoes” may have been the Great Depression. Shots of railroad tracks suggest dreams of getting out. But during the course of the film, death hovers: a boy dies; as a result, another boy feels that God’s judgment is close; another boy almost dies; a boy’s dog dies. The underlying theme of “George Washington” is clearly “the loss of all things.”
This piece presents a number of color photographs from the film and three videos. The videos include the hypnotic opening sequence of Green’s auspicious debut film “George Washington,” another video from the film described as an influential scene in modern cinema and an interview with Charlie Rose, where Green talks about his film “George Washington.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/george-washington-the-loss-of-all-things/“George Washington” is David Gordon Green’s acclaimed... more
It's been an amazing summer for seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin, who’s in the midst of a life-changing season of pulling off some very big upset victories. Last Saturday, she knocked off three-time Grand Slam Champion and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the U.S. Open’s fourth round. With her upset win over Russia’s Nadia Petrova on Monday, Melanie’s surprising and inspiring run through the draw has taken her all the way to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The 13th-seeded Petrova looked as though she might write a sad ending to Oudin’s U.S. Open fairy tale when she ripped through the first set, reeling off six games in a row. But Oudin stayed true to her September form by calming down, extending the rallies, developing a deeper understanding of Petrova’s serve and giving herself and her fast-growing public what they both craved by prevailing, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.It's been an amazing summer for seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin, who’s in... more
It's been an amazing summer for seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin who's in the midst of a life-changing season of big emotions and pulling off very big upsets. Now, despite standing just 5 feet 6 inches, she’s standing tall at her country’s most important tennis tournament. Oudin’s latest win was the biggest one so far: She knocked off three-time Grand Slam Champion and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 Saturday to reach the U.S. Open’s fourth round. “I just had a blast,” said Oudin, who then buried her face in a towel and sobbed on the sideline when the match ended.
This piece includes a number of color photographs and a video.It's been an amazing summer for seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin who's in... more
She's the source of fear, frustration and sexual fantasy. A new social history looks at girls who care for our kids
In the '20s, a parenting guide cautioned Mom that a sitter might trundle her tender charge out on the town, so she could flirt on street corners. In the '40s, Newsweek reported that one veteran and his wife had hired a girl who turned out to be a dance-crazed "bobby-soxer" inviting friends over to party, while the toddler in her care teethed on marbles.
Since then, the bad baby sitter's renown has only grown, as she's come to play a prominent role in urban legends, horror movies, pornography and even pop music, according to Miriam Forman-Brunell's new book "Babysitter: An American History."
The bad baby sitter's a teenage girl, often dressed inappropriately, who is an unreliable scatterbrain, more interested in doing her nails or texting than the kids. When she's not glued to the TV, she's gabbing on the phone all night while eating Mom and Dad out of house and home. Or maybe she's sneaking her boyfriend in after the kids are asleep, or batting her eyelashes suggestively at Dad on the drive home. The bad baby sitter can be a threat not only to the children left in her care, but also to the very marriage of the parents she's working for.
But as historian Forman-Brunell's research reveals, the archetype of the bad baby sitter has more to do with adults' fears about the changing nature of girlhood today -- whether today is in 1945 or 1995 -- than it does with the reality of girls caring for younger kids for pay.She's the source of fear, frustration and sexual fantasy. A new social history... more
“Choices” is an inspiring and very creative animated short film by Anton Groves. The animation used thousands of cardboard cuts, which were combined using both stop-motion footage and digital animation. The 2 ½ minute short film was created for the charity organization “United Way” in Romania, and was a selection for the 2009 Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. “Choices” takes the viewer through the harrowing childhood and teenage years of one small girl, demonstrating the hazards that potentially lie in wait for those children whose life choices are a result of not actually having a choice.
Includes a number of colorful pictures, and the inspiring short animation, “Choices.”“Choices” is an inspiring and very creative animated short film by Anton... more
The average potency of marijuana has exceeded 10 percent for the first time, according to the U.S. government.
Scientists predict that potency, as measured by the drug's concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC, will continue to rise - some samples that have been tested have THC levels exceeding 30 percent! Wicked.
This is of concern because while experienced marijuana users may limit their intake of potent marijuana, young and inexperienced users may not moderate their intake and possibly suffer from dysphoria, paranoia, irritability and other negative effects.
The average THC for tested marijuana during 2008 was 10.1 percent, according to the government, compared to 1983 when it was reportedly under 4 percent.The average potency of marijuana has exceeded 10 percent for the first time, according... more
Boys to men: Why guys aren’t growing up
Grumpy old man whinning about the youngsters and trying to sell a book or does he have a point?Boys to men: Why guys aren’t growing up
Grumpy old man... more
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Sleep-deprived teenagers are at greater risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks - and their mobile phones, computer games and iPods could be to blame, research suggests.
A study of teens aged 13 to 16 found those who slept less than 6½ hours a night were up to three times more likely to have elevated blood pressure.
Researchers said the "technological invasion of the bedroom" was responsible for creating a generation of sleep-starved youngsters.
The study, published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, looked at the sleeping patterns of 238 teenagers and found that the duration of sleep directly affected blood pressure.
Those who had trouble nodding off at night or waking up in the morning were also at increased risk.
It is the first study of its kind to look at the link between sleep and blood pressure in healthy teens.
The author of the research, Susan Redline from University Hospital's Sleep Disorders Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, said "sleep insufficiency" was often related to mobile phones, music and computers in the bedroom.
"There are teens who text message or listen to music all night, compounded by early school hours. Adolescents need nine hours of sleep," Professor Redline said.
"Parents should optimise sleep quality for their family with regular sleep and wake times and bedrooms should be quiet, dark and conducive to sleep."
High blood pressure in childhood is linked to heart disease in adulthood.
Professor Redline said the results could have huge public health implications.Sleep-deprived teenagers are at greater risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks... more
Because, according to NME, it needed it.
The iconic magazine has run an article in this week's issue giving props to 25 bands that are "whipping up a storm on both sides of the Atlantic," which according to New Bands Editor signals "the re-birth of the US music scene!"
Here's the full list:
01 Vampire Weekend
02 Lil Wayne
03 Glass Candy
04 Kings Of Leon
06 Spank Rock
07 TV On The Radio
08 Boy Crisis
09 Black Kids
10 Holy Ghost Revival
11 The Hold Steady
12 Fleet Foxes
13 Amazing Baby
14 Jay Reatard
16 The Cool Kids
17 Black Lips
18 Yo Majesty
19 White Denim
21 Iglu and Hartly
22 Chester French
23 Girl Talk
25 Grace Jones
Did it even need a rebirth? Because, according to NME, it needed it.
The iconic magazine has run an article in... more
The United Nations' 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child was the first legally binding international law to incorporate the full range of human rights for children. It is said to have significantly increased the profile of children's rights worldwide.
Sadly, the United States is one of only two countries in the world which have refused to ratify The United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This article includes a number of very touching photographs, a memorable documentary video about children's rights and an emotionally moving photo-gallery.
Please have a look!The United Nations' 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child was the first... more
Canada's CBC last week broadcast this story about one Inuit community in Puvirnituq, a village on Hudson Bay in northern Quebec's Nunavik region. Although Canada marked National Aboriginal Day on June 21, CBC's Justin Hayward filed this news story about how change has marked this community. The Inuit in the area had formerly cultivated a nomadic life now live established and rooted in small towns like Puvirnituq. Dog teams have been replaced with the skidoo or snowmobile. Cultural traditions are vulnerable to change. Young people and adolescents, having lost their cultural compass, have experimented with drugs, and suicide has soared in this remote outpost. Check out video from Hayward's broadcast on CBC about how Puvirnituq is struggling to adapt to changes in culture and community.
Canada's CBC last week broadcast this story about one Inuit community in... more
For his last song in The American Idol Finals show last night, David Archuleta sang an amazing, stunning version of John Lennon’s Imagine. Just how can a teenager, a young person who’s only 17-years-old, sing like this? For me, the end of the video was extremely heart-touching, when you actually can witness what a truly shy lad Archuleta is, especially when his eyes began tearing up as the judges, one by one, heaped their praises upon him. In addition to possessing such rare talent, David Archuleta seems to be one very fine young man.
Includes photographs and the music video of Archuleta performing Imagine.For his last song in The American Idol Finals show last night, David Archuleta sang an... more
100 Drums is a bittersweet, nostalgic film that includes 100 persons, ages one to 100 years-old, banging or tapping on a drum. The final segments of the film serve to remind us that the greater the extent to which we are able to embrace a sense of our mortality, the more plentiful are our resources for deciding how to live in the present.
Includes the video of the documentary.100 Drums is a bittersweet, nostalgic film that includes 100 persons, ages one to 100... more