Olympic Hockey – Early Years Trivia

Disguised as a winter sporting event, the first World Championship games were a demonstration event at the 1920 Summer Olympics. One stipulation was that if hockey was played, figure skating had to be included. Sweden blanked host Belgium 8 – 0 on April 23, 1920 in Antwerp in game #1. Bill Hewitt umpired the first hockey game. Kristmundur “Chris” Fridfinnson scored the goal that gave Canada its first Olympic gold medal. Einar Svenson scored the first goal against Canada in Olympic competition. Nursing leads 3 – 0, Svenson scored for the Swedes at 15:58 of the first half. It should be noted that the first Olympic hockey games were divided into halves from 2 to 20 minutes.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA…Silver – United States…Bronze – Czechoslovakia

1924: The 1924 Winter Olympics, officially known as the First Winter Olympics, were held in Chamonix, France. Originally called Semaine des Sports d’Hiver “International Winter Sports Week” and held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, the sporting competitions held at the foot of Mont Blanc in Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, between January 25 and 5th February. Harry Watson played 5 games and scored a hat-trick in each competition. With a fast start, Harry scored a total of 11, 13 and 6 goals: 3 games in three days. After a day off, Watson scored hat-tricks against Great Britain and the USA in the medal match. It’s still a total scoring record… 36 goals for the tournament. Canada split 17 hat-tricks among 4 players. After representing the US at the 1924 Olympics, Al “Frenchy” Lacroix became George Vezina’s alternate with the Canadians. Lacroix relieved Vezina during the 1925-26 season. Alphonse Albert Lacroix hailed from Newton, Massachusetts.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA…Silver – United States…Bronze – Great Britain

1928: At the 1928 Olympics, the Canadian gold medal winners completely “excluded” the opposition. Represented by the U. of Toronto Grads, Canada blanked European opposition three times in a row. Due to their well-known superiority, Canada was given an automatic “dismissal” in the medal round. They claimed Gold by blanking Sweden 11 – 0, Great Britain 14 – 0 and Switzerland 13 – 0. Dr. Joe Sullivan recorded the shutouts in games #1 and #3. “Stuffy” Mueller blanked Britain. Future Montreal Maroons teammates Hugh Plaxton and Dave Trottier led Canadian scoring with 12 goals each. Despite not being behind the bench, Conn Smythe received a gold medal at the 1928 Olympics. Two of Canada’s players, Hugh Plaxton and Joe Sullivan, lobbied for their relatives to make the 1928 Olympic team. did not agree. Added Frank Sullivan, Roger and Bert Plaxton. The players won the dispute. They went for the Gold. Conn Smythe stayed home. Coach Bill Hewitt was left in charge of the Canadian team.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA…Silver – Sweden…Bronze – Switzerland

1932: The rules regarding the amateur status of players competing in Olympic tournaments were very strict. Once again, the US Olympic Committee bent the rules of amateur vs. professional in 1932. Before the Lake Placid games, the American team played the Boston Bruins. The US Olympic team received the game receipts. Americans claimed they couldn’t afford to travel to the games if they didn’t accept the proceeds. The Canadians refused to lodge a protest. The opening matchup of the 1932 Canada vs. The United States fell behind. Before the action, USA goalkeeper Frank Farrell had his goalkeeper pads strapped on so tightly that they were within the legal width. When the goalkeeper’s knees were together, the pads could not be more than 20 inches wide. The system of two arbitrators was accepted. Only two men officiated all the contests…Lou Marsh from Canada and Don Sands from the United States. The tournament was a double round-robin series. The teams played periods from 3 to 15 minutes.

MEDALS: GOLD – CANADA…Silver – United States…Bronze – Germany

1936: The Port Arthur Bearcats were chosen as Canada’s representatives at the 1936 Olympics by default. The usual procedure was that the Allan Cup champions from previous years would be Canada’s chosen team. However, the 1935 Halifax Wolverines lost most of their best players after their Allan Cup victory. Given the impossibility of putting together a competitive team, the Olympic committee chose the Bearcats as runners-up. Canada’s Olympic streak reached 20 before suffering its first loss. After 3 wins in Group “A”, the Canadian team was defeated by Great Britain 2-1. February 10, 1936: Chirp Brenchley scored the winning goal at 13:48 of the third period. Carl Erhardt was the oldest player to win an Olympic gold medal in hockey. Born on February 15, 1897, Erhardt was captain of the 1936 Olympic champions. Carl was 39 years old at the time.

MEDALS: GOLD – GREAT BRITAIN…Silver – Canada…Bronze – United States

Millsberry Virtual World Review: A Cute and Fun Experience for Kids

Millsberry is an online virtual world game created by General Mills, the food giant. However, the virtual world is 2D and not 3D. Millsberry can be played online and is completely free to play. Once a player registers and creates an account, they have a variety of options to choose from: the avatar’s outward appearance, clothing, etc. These things can be purchased using Millsbucks, the game’s form of currency. Initially, each player is given a certain sum of money, but later, players have to earn this money by playing different mini-games.

Each player’s performance in the game is judged on the following 5 factors: Health, Fitness, Intelligence, Civics, and Hunger. In fact, Millsberry is a very educational game: children learn how to open a bank account, how to send mail at the post office and many other things, which are useful in life.

What kids are excited about, though, are the options available for avatar customization and all the goodies they can buy once they have enough millsbucks. They can buy their own house, decorate it, make friends and visit their homes. Having said that, the virtual world lacks the X factor since it is two-dimensional. One never has a holistic idea of ​​what the place is like. The navigation is a bit rough and there are other technical issues as well. Because of this, children sometimes get discouraged – they create their perfect house but somehow. It just doesn’t look that good in-game. This problem is compounded by the fact that there is no preview option.

The Millsberry minigames intended for the Millsbucks collection are interesting. Games like Archery and Solver keep kids hooked on Millsberry. They place great emphasis on creative activities such as music and photography. Therefore, they promote these interests in children and children can develop their skills here.

But then again, they come with their own set of problems. The instructions for these games are not very clear and children are left confused about the rules. Also, the games tend to get repetitive and boring after a while.

The game’s plot has weekly stories that are also related to the minigames. These are regularly updated, but still, there is no central story that runs through Millsberry. However, the weekly aspect manages to keep the children curious.

One area that is impeccable at Millsberry is the security aspect. Parents have absolutely no reason to worry about their children playing Millsberry. There is no offensive language, no obscenity at all. But this is a direct implication of the fact that there is no communication in the game. Millsberry lacks any interactive qualities and only has educational books. This makes the game a bit monotonous. After all, children love to interact and make friends.

Millsberry also falls short when it comes to the community aspect. There is no sense of social bond. One would expect it to have a strong community, being an online game. But there are no chat forums or any platform that facilitates conversations between other players. There are only a few selected predetermined phrases that cannot support normal conversation.

General Mills has also used the Millsberry virtual world to advertise its own products. All food products that can be bought in the game bear their logos. These products are ridiculously overpriced and this reportedly annoys parents. They believe that since everything is so expensive, children tend to become obsessed with collecting money. They are driven solely by consumerist tendencies. However, this is one of the minor problems.

Therefore, Millsberry is cute and fun for children. But it does have its share of technical and thematic issues that need to be investigated.

Types of energy for a cleaner and greener world

There are multiple types of energy. The best known are kinetic and potential energy. Kinetic energy is simply energy in motion. An airplane flying, even a baseball moving through the air, are all forms of kinetic energy. Potential energy is stored energy, ready to be converted into kinetic energy. Imagine a roller coaster, as it moves along the tracks, it uses kinetics. Think of all the movement as you go up the hill until you reach the top and the roller coaster stops. Once stopped, all that kinetic energy is converted into potential energy. When your roller coaster moves again, the potential becomes kinetic. Along with kinetic and potential, there is mechanical energy, thermal energy, chemical energy, and gravitational energy. Mechanics are used for movement to occur. Thermal energy is created by heat like fire while chemical energy is created by chemical reactions only. Gravitational energy is the motion of the earth’s gravity. An example of this is a leaf falling from a tree, water falling from a waterfall, all these examples of gravitational energy.

There are many ways to create energy. Some of these forms are dams, windmills, and even solar panels. Using energy to power our cars, homes and cities is extremely greener than using oil. Using oil to meet our basic needs creates more smog, greenhouse gases, and is a factor in global warming. Dams, windmills and solar panels are green and clean ways to feed our earth without polluting it. As oil prices rise, the use of solar and renewable resources increases. Oil is a non-renewable element, once we use up all of our oil, we are done. Burning coal, wood, and other fuels creates smoke and dangerous chemicals that go into our atmosphere. With more chemicals in the air, we are at risk of infection or even more. Our earth is constantly being damaged by the use of oils, fossil fuels and coal. Global warming is melting our polar ice caps and causing the ocean to rise. Clean ways of feeding our cities are a giant step towards being a cleaner and more modern world. In fact, most cities in developing countries don’t even have power. They have to use coal and oil to feed their society, thus adding more pollution to the air. If we all used solar panels, windmills, and dams, we could banish the need for oil. Hopefully one day clean energy will be accessible to everyone.

Book Review – Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly

This book is a New York Times bestseller for a reason.

I have read several of Bill O’Reilly’s previous books, including: The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out For You, The O’Reilly Factor For Kids (I’m still a kid at heart), Culture Warrior, and A Bold Fresh Piece Of Humanity. I even read O’Reilly’s only novel, The Trespassers: A Murder TV Novel. And I watch the O’Reilly Factor almost every weeknight at either 8pm or the repeat at 11pm

So you could say I kind of like the guy. O’Reilly is a lot like me; a right of middle person, uninfluenced by the pinheads that populate the far left or far right ends of the political spectrum. Certainly he is not as far to the right as the man whose platform follows his, Sean Hannity, who never gives Democrats or liberals even a little bit of praise, no matter how exemplary his actions may be.

In his No Spin Zone, O’Reilly tells it like it is, and woe to his guest who doesn’t answer the question he asks and goes off on a tangent, or a silly topic of conversation. I’ve had drill sergeants in boot camp less intimidating than O’Reilly when he’s hot. Just ask Barney Frank, who O’Reilly filleted from throat to sternum and then down his flabby back.

Every night, O’Reilly ends his show with a segment called Pinheads and Patriots. Some nights, a person who had been a pinhead in the past now does something that elevates him to patriotic status. And vice versa.

O’Reilly begins “Pinheads and Patriots” with the definition of pinhead from A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. “Pinhead: A simple fellow, a fool. Such a small head contains very few brains.”

Then follow up with the Urban Dictionary version. “One that lacks the intelligence of the ‘normal’ section of the human population; one that cannot handle the most mundane tasks due to a lack of common sense and intelligence.”

Then give names.

Patriot: The late Tony Snow, who was a Fox News anchor and later a senior spokesman for the Bush White House. Snow died after a two-year battle with cancer. O’Reilly wrote, “Tony Snow is the bravest man I have ever known.” He explains why.

Pinhead: Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, whom O’Reilly criticizes under the title “The Cowardly Lion.” Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, was more than anyone else responsible for the current mortgage crisis. Frank glosses over the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disaster, even saying months before the crash that things were going well with those two mortgage giants. However, when he appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, Frank refused to accept any blame. He said that he was a “victim of economic chaos.” He pinhead for sure.

Given that President Obama is on the cover taking on O’Reilly, you’d think O’Reilly had him lined up for Pinhead-dom. Is not true. O’Reilly points to several instances in which Obama was a true patriot. He cites the moment at a Father’s Day town hall meeting, when Obama told men who father children and leave them: “Just because your father wasn’t there for you, that’s not an excuse for you to be absent, too – it’s the main reason you’re here. You have an obligation to break the cycle and learn from those mistakes, and pick up where your own parents fell short and do better than they did with your own children.”

Truly the words of a patriot.

Before the presidential elections, Obama avoided any interview with Fox News, except with one person: Bill O’Reilly. In “Pinheads and Patriots,” O’Reilly gives us the full transcript of his interview with Obama, which lasted about 30 minutes. Then, at intervals, he explains how the things Obama said in the interview worked or didn’t work for the president. He also chides Obama for not admitting that he was wrong about the troop surge in Iraq. Obama admits in the interview that the increase worked, but he stops short of giving then-President Bush any credit.

The back and forth went like this:

Obama: What I’ve said is that I’ve already said that (the surge) has been successful beyond our wildest dreams.

O’Reilly: Right, so why can’t you just say, “I was wrong about the raise?”

Obama wavers, but never once did he say “I was wrong.” And as we’ve discovered in the 21 months of his presidency, he may be unable to say he was wrong about anything, except perhaps that the White Sox won the World Series.

One of the best chapters in the book is titled “My Favorite P&Ps of All Time.” Without revealing who is who and what is what, O’Reilly gives his opinion on, among others, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, US Grant, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Robert Kennedy, both Bush, Cesar Chavez . John Edwards, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and George Soros. Some of his conclusions may surprise you.

On O’Reilly’s website, the book sells for $27.95, but he tosses out a nifty “Pinheads and Patriots” tote bag. I got mine on Amazon.com for less than $16, and since I have Amazon Prime, I got free shipping (but not the tote bag).

“Pinheads and Patriots” is a must read for any O’Reilly fan. And even people who aren’t too keen on O’Reilly should also enjoy reading this even-tempered book.

Unless you’re a pinhead. So there’s nothing I can do for you anyway.

Developing the Base Mindset – 8 Characteristics of Great Bases

Developing point guard skills is a tedious, careful and slow process. Coaches can cultivate excellent point guards if they first take the right approach to the mental side of the game. Great point guards are tough, selfless, understand the game and are mentally tough. A winning point guard is in control when the game is on and makes all other players better with his presence.

Players are never too young to start learning the truths of the game. Starting with the fundamentals, a young player needs to be comfortable with dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending. As players develop physically, they also gain knowledge of how to play. This development is key for point guards because their position is the most important on the floor. A good base makes the team walk.

The following eight skills are necessary for great point guards:

  • Study and understand your peers-The base more than anyone on the field knows each of his teammates inside and out. He knows all the roles in the team and prioritizes enhancing each of their strengths. He knows how to put them in situations where each player can be successful. For example, a post player is instructed to stand on the blocks and not float to the perimeter. His skills and ability will impact the team the most playing around the basket. Roles are crucial to good teams and the point guard can solidify team unity with good leadership skills.
  • Be the coach on the pitch and in the locker room.-A good point guard adopts the game philosophy of his coach and instills it on the court. Knowing what the coach wants and doesn’t want is a rare trait among players. For example, if a team’s philosophy is to shoot as many 3-pointers as possible, the point guard needs to get the ball into the shooter’s hands in the goal areas frequently. If the style of play is to push the ball down the court, then the point guard needs to organize the counterattack, push it hard and attack the defense. The term “coach on the pitch” belongs to the great point guards.
  • Earn the trust of the players– For a team to follow a leader, they must believe that he would do anything for them. He not only has to play very hard, but he can motivate his teammates to do the same. Without confidence in their overall floor, a team is left vulnerable.
  • Setting the tone in practice-Your base must understand how a successful practice is carried out and what the goal of the practice is. By serving as a model, you can set the pace for good practice. Conversely, when a leader is unwilling to give it their all, the team will suffer from poor practice.
  • Knowledge of every possible situation.-Understanding what to do in each situation is the duty of a great point guard. He must know who is in the game and how he can set up his teammates for success. Offensively, the game plan must play out perfectly. Good shots, smart passes and good projection are essential and can be dictated by the point guard. The point guards are in charge of knowing the time and the score at all times, the importance of each possession and controlling the tempo. He needs to be aware of what is happening and what needs to be accomplished at both ends of the floor. A good test is seeing a leader take over a game at the moment of winning. When his team runs out of timeouts, the great players take charge and do whatever it takes to win.
  • disinterest-Many coaches interpret this in the sense that the point guard should not seek to score. This is not the case, especially if scoring is a strength of his base. The generosity means that he will sacrifice his game at times to find better opportunities for his teammates. Great point guards always improve others on the court by their presence.
  • defensive leadership-A great assist to a teammate for a layup is great, but it can’t match the impact of solid defensive play. Defense wins games and by taking a charge or forcing a turnover any player helps their team win. Sometimes it’s harder to inspire teams to play defense. Players love offense and tolerate defense. A great point guard can lead a team to take possession of the defensive end of the floor.
  • Manage success and defeat in perspective.Athletic competition is a constant flow of ups and downs. Young players are often very affected by the outcome of games. By developing a solid point guard, you will provide your team with a partner who can keep them grounded. Winning often breeds complacency in a team, and a good point guard can keep success in perspective. On the contrary, a loss can be hard on a team. Good point guards are able to lift the team with their toughness and work ethic. This characteristic is the basis of all great point guards.

The blueprint for project success: a project charter

In any corporate engagement, having a clearly defined Project Charter is invaluable. This card helps provide focus and direction. He is the team’s model for success!

The Project Charter has 5 main objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of the project, including high-level background.
  2. Summarize the team’s approach to executing this project.
  3. Help in the selection of participants.
  4. Identify team members, clarify roles and their responsibilities.
  5. List specific deliverables and milestones.

To achieve these goals, your typical Charter consists of 8 areas:

  • goals – Define definitively the central objectives of the project that the team must achieve. These goals must be ELEGANT (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound) when possible.
  • On reach – Indicate what is in scope.
  • out of scope – Equally important, indicate what is outside the project’s scope of work.
  • key activities – Summarize the main steps the team will need to take.
  • Deliverables – Outline the tangible work products that the team will deliver to achieve its objectives.
  • Sponsor – Specify the executive sponsor member who will be responsible for resolving major issues and providing guidance when needed. Escalation procedures must involve the sponsor.
  • Means – List the members of the organization that will support the project. Include outside resources, such as contract consultants, if necessary.
  • CSF (Critical Success Factors) – Define the elements that must be fulfilled to carry out the deliverables. These should be quantifiable where possible.

A project letter can be built very well in PowerPoint. It is created by putting tables together in PowerPoint in a 4-column format, where the first column includes Objectives, In Scope, and Out of Scope; the second column includes key activities; the third, Deliverables; and the fourth includes Sponsor, Resources and CSF. Remember, to resize the table borders to pixel size, hold down the ALT key while dragging the border.

Along with the Charter, there is usually a detailed Gantt chart that breaks down the Key Activities section of the Charter. The Gantt chart adds a time component to each activity and provides a visual representation that illustrates the dependencies between activities and workflows.

The San Diego Padres end their dismal ‘first half’ of the 2008 season

The Padres from San Diego, my miserable hometown, have limped into the All-Star break of the season with a terrible ‘first half’ now complete punctuated by Sunday afternoon July 13 thrashing by the Atlanta Braves which ended with a score of 12 – 3.

In reality, with a record of 37 wins and 58 losses, a winning percentage of a measly .389, almost 60% of the season is over. Any hope of a recovery at the end of the season is just a distant dream. And to think that they were heavily hyped earlier in the year to compete again, if not win, in their division. But that was then and this is now. What a difference a few games make: fifty-eight games lost.

The Padres are lucky to play in the worst division in baseball, the National League West, where no team is above a .500 winning percentage. Even with their miserable performance through the first 95 games, they are only ten games behind the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. Miracles can and do happen, but the odds are not in the Parents’ favor.

What has been your undoing? Remember, just last year they battled to nearly the last game for the NL West Championship after winning back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006. The answer: hitting for the most part. Better yet, the lack of it. The unfortunate Pads can no longer hit the baseball, though they never were, not since the 1998 team, a power club. This year’s club has been pathetic on offense: too many strikeouts chasing bad pitches clearly out of the strike zone, too many hits for double plays, too many fly-outs swinging toward the fences and too many weak infield hits for easy outs. In the first 95 games, the Padres scored 2 runs or fewer forty times, and lost 34 of them! They just can’t get runners forward and drive in runs with men on base. That fact is a mystery to many in the game. (Note: The Padres set a major league record this year when they won four straight games by a score of 2-1 from June 4-7!)

Anemic hitting is a factor, but bullpen collapse is also a problem. The relief pitch hasn’t been as strong, whereas in previous years it was a strong point for San Diego. In fact, in 2007 he was the best in the Major Leagues. With the exception of Heath Bell, the other relievers have failed or been injured. His bullpen ERA of 4.27 ranks 13th in the NL, far from previous years. Padre’s starting pitchers go to the mound with the thought in mind that they have to strike out opposing batters. They rightly expect that there will be few runs scored offensively as a cushion for them and have doubts about whether their bullpen will save the day.

What has led to this precipitous decline? A combination of factors, not all of them their doing. As an example, Chris Young, one of his star pitchers, was hit in the face by a line drive that broke his face, nose, and skull. He has been away for an extended period. His receivers have been on the disabled list for more than half the season. Injuries are part of baseball and every team suffers from them. But how often does his catcher foul with a ball from his bat to the nose? Khalil Green, perhaps one of the best defensive shortstops in the game and who had a dynamite year in 2007, is barely hitting over .200 at the plate this year at a time when they desperately need their bat to warm up.

Off-season bugs contributed. Signing Jim Edmunds to play center field was a mistake, a $4.25 million mistake that the team ate. He barely hit .200 and age had clearly caught up with him trying to play in the sprawling outfield at PETCO Park. Letting an excellent utility player, Geoff Blum, walk away without offering him a contract even though he had been a proven and relatively inexpensive asset in recent years, was a huge mistake in the sense that Blum could play multiple positions, hit well in an emergency situation, and was a clubhouse motivator. Not giving up on him was a short-sighted mistake. Other mistakes were made that have contributed to the current dilemma, some avoidable and some not.

Not everything is pessimism and fatality. At least Adrian Gonzales, his hometown first baseman, has been selected to the NL All-Star team, the only Padre to participate this year. And, in a touching casual gift, his older brother Edgar, a nine-year minor league veteran, now plays second base for the Padres and is doing a good job, especially hitting.

Of a more positive nature, if you look closely enough, several of the minor leaguers elevated to the majors show promise for the future. Chase Headley appears to be living up to the hype and showing glimpses of future stardom. Several trades have gone well. The Padres are fielding a young team these days unlike in years past. There is hope for the future, although the dream of success in 2008, expected in April, has faded and the team may have slipped away this season. As the old Father mantra said: “Keep the faith!”

I’m trying – “GO PAD’S!”

the coming revolution

There will be a world revolution in your lifetime. It is one that will shake the very foundations of society as we know it. In fact, without much notice, it has already started. And its name is 3D printing. Than? 3D printing you say? Ridiculous. You sure are kidding. How can something as trivial as printing change my life? And yet it will; dramatically so.

The basics

Through several different technologies, 3D printers can print just about anything. Instead of old print as you know it, 3D printers can create solid objects from a digital model. These printers can create an object by laying down successive layers of materials, millions of them. The materials are fused with a laser. The printer adds successive layers of material until it has a model of what it is trying to create. The model can be very detailed and accurate. But the real revolutionary aspect of this technology is in the hundreds of materials that one can use to create. To date, they include plastics, aluminum, titanium steel, food (yes, food), and even biological cells.

what we can do now

Companies like Concord and Boeing already use 3D printing to create certain aircraft parts. Lockheed developed a similar process to create an aircraft wing in much less time and cost. Even now, the industry is printing auto parts (including some near-complete cars), furniture, clothing, tools, buildings, and much more. Some examples are the following:

The University of Southampton, UK, recently designed and printed the SULSA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It has a wingspan of two meters and can travel at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Others are also printing small unmanned aerial vehicles for atmospheric research. Because these blueprints are printed with embedded electronics and moving parts, designers can create shapes and structures at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing.

Italian inventor Enrico Dini created a 3D printer that uses a magnesium-based material to bind sand particles together to create sedimentary stone in a matter of minutes. The process of nature takes hundreds of years. The stone can be easily molded into specific shapes avoiding the need for cutting. Mr. Dini can build a building four times faster than conventional means at less than half the cost.

3D printing is used to make reverse copies of limbs for prosthetic devices. So if a person suffers from the loss of a limb, an almost exact copy can be made as a replacement. In fact, 3D printing is used to make many bone replacements, including jaws and hips. The laser imaging process ensures that the replacement part has the same articulated joints and grooves required for tendons, nerves and veins.

What about the clothes? No problem. The fashion industry has recently used 3D printing to create everything from bikinis to Lady Gaga dresses (those are weird). But the point is that nylon can be molded into tiny threads and shaped in any way. Eventually, the printing process could personalize clothing using body scanning to create an exact fit for the customer.

Are you hungry? 3D printing takes foods like chocolate, cheese, ground turkey, and celery and turns them into new and exciting shapes. A food printer developed by Cornell University students uses softer foods that can be poured into a print head and then pumped out with a syringe to form a complex design. The future prospects for food printing are even better.

the coming revolution

Amazing things are happening as we enter the cusp of this coming revolution. Even more exciting changes are on the horizon.

If you can print jaws, hips and car parts; Why stop there? What about the food? Food is made up of carbon, fat, and fiber. It can therefore be printed. Dutch scientist Dr. Kjeld vanBommel gave a TED talk detailing the processes for printing food that could be customized for specific diets. There will come a time in the not-too-distant future when a home food printer can be programmed to print out an individually personalized healthy (or unhealthy) diet for each hungry family member or village.

But food is only a small part of the revolution. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have begun printing blood vessels. They have printed artificial biological molecules that are formed with a laser into the shape of real capillaries and veins. So the question arises: if you can make capillaries and veins, can you print something really cool, like a real human organ? Well, it seems that the answer will be yes.

Dr. Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine received worldwide fame when he became the first person to grow a human organ, a bladder, in a laboratory and implant it into a human being. He recently upped the game by printing a human kidney using live cells. The human organ was described as a “prototype”, so much more research is still needed in this area. But the potential for advancing medical science is more than extraordinary.

The game-changing applications for 3D printers go far beyond medical science. NASA recently funded a study to launch and operate a “3D printer satellite” in outer space. Antennas and telescopes can only be so big because they have to fold up and fit into the nose cone of a rocket. Maybe there is a different way? Perhaps mile-long antennas could simply be printed in space and unfurled while in orbit. One could imagine 3D printers using raw materials from the moon, asteroids, space debris, etc. to build spaceships and habitats. The possibilities in Final Frontier are nearly endless.

The surprising aspect of The Coming Revolution is that it will happen in our lifetime. Within the next 20 years this technology will be ubiquitous in human society. Only imagination and the availability of raw materials will limit people’s ability to print anything from teeth to weapons (yes, there are some scary aspects to this technology too). With a basic 3D printer now selling for less than $1,000, a future of globally distributed industrial production seems inevitable. The effects on human society will be nothing short of “revolutionary.”

2007 AFC East Predictions

1. New England Patriots

2. New York Jets

3. Miami Dolphins

4. Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots – 2007 Record 13-3

I have the New England Patriots winning the AFC East for the 2007 NFL season.
with their only road losses coming at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in October.14
and Indianapolis on November 4. I only have the Patriots losing 1 game at home
this season to the San Diego Chargers on September 16. The patriots who had
one of the worst WR corps in the league could have the best this season with
some key additions. Some key additions to the Patriots team are WR Randy Moss,
WR Wes Walker, WR Donte Stallworth on offense and OLB Adalius Thomas on defense.
Some key losses for the Patriots include RB Corey Dillion and LB Junior Seau.

New York Jets – 2007 record 11-5 or 10-6

I have the New York Jets finishing second in the AFC East for the 2007 season.
with their only road losses coming at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens on September 16.
Cincinnati Bengals on October 21, Dallas Cowboys on November 22 and New England
Patriots on December 16. I only have the Jets losing 2 home games this season.
to the New England Patriots on September 9 and possibly the Philadelphia Eagles
on October 19. This is going to be a very strong Jets team that will be in every
game this season as they are very strong on both sides of the ball. Some
The key additions to the Jets team are RB Thomas Jones and FB Darian Barnes on offense.
and DE Kenyon Coleman, ILB David Harris and Darelle Revis on defense. some key
New York Jets losses are FB BJ Askew, RB Kevin Barlow and QB Patrick

Miami Dolphins 2007 Record 5-11 or 4-12

I have the Miami Dolphins finishing third in the AFC East this season with
their road losses at Washington Redskins on September 9, New York
Jets on September 23, Cleveland Browns on October 14, Philadelphia Eagles on
November 18, Pittsburgh Steelers on November 26, Buffalo Bills on December 9
and the New England Patriots on December 23. I have the Miami Dolphins losing
4-5 home games vs. Dallas Cowboys Sept. 16, New England Patriots
on October 21, New York Jets on December 2 and Baltimore Ravens on December 16
and possibly the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 30 if the Bengals get beaten
then. This is going to be another very tough season for the Miami Dolphins.
that they have a new coaching staff that takes charge of the team since Saban left to train
Alabama. The Dolphins’ defense should remain fairly strong this season if injuries
don’t stack up and your offense will be your weak link. Some key additions
to the Miami Dolphins are K Jay Feely, G Chris Liwienski, TE David Martin and
FB Cory Schlesinger on offense and special teams. Some key losses to Miami
The Dolphins are QB Joey Harrington, P Donnie Jones, K Olindo Mare, T Damion McIntosh,
TE Randy McMichael and KR Wes Welker.

Buffalo Bills 2007 Record 3-13

I have the Buffalo Bills finishing last in the AFC East this season with
their road losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 19, New England
Patriots on September 23, New York Jets on October 28, Miami Dolphins on November 11,
Jacksonville Jaguars on November 25, Washington Redskins on December 2 and Philadelphia
Eagles on December 30. Got the Buffalo Bills losing 6 home games this season
to the Denver Bronco’s on September 9, to the New York Jets on September 30,
Dallas Cowboys on October 8, Baltimore Ravens on October 21, New England Patriots
on November 18 and the New York Giants on December 23. Buffalo is in a lot of trouble
this season after losing too many key players and they are too young to
impact this season with more than a dozen starters who have played 3 years
or less in the NFL. The next 2 years will be years of construction for this team that
Two rookies and four sophomores will probably start. Some key additions
for the Buffalo Bills on offense are LG Derrick Dockery, RT Langston Walker
and rookie RB Marshawn Lynch of the California Golden Bears. key losses
for the Buffalo Bills are CB Nate Clements, LB London Flethcer, QB Kelly Holcomb,
RB Willis McGahee, FB Daimon Shelton, LB Takeo Spikes and G Chris Villarrial.

International Divorce in the Caribbean

You have probably heard of people going to the Caribbean to get married. But did she know that she too can get a legal divorce in a foreign country, no matter where she is at the moment?

a marriage bond is a Latin term that literally means “from the chains of marriage”. It has come to mean a full and final divorce, rather than a legal separation. With up to half of all marriages in the Western world ending in divorce, almost all of us find ourselves at some point dealing with our own divorce or that divorce. from a close family member or friend. Divorce is often a tragedy for everyone involved, but it can also be an opportunity for positive change and a fresh start. A quick, amicable, affordable and legally valid divorce decree from a foreign country may well be ‘just what the doctor ordered’.

The idea of ​​foreign divorces is relatively new to most people in the Western world. When it comes to divorce, it has always been a matter of “Do what you are told” by a local lawyer, whose main objective is to drag out the process as long as possible to extract the greatest possible benefit from you. Fee!

In many US jurisdictions, you must wait 30-90 days or even up to two years. This is even if both parties approach the divorce by mutual consent, without any fuss or fanfare, and that too is after all the financial stuff!

Elsewhere, things are even worse. In Ireland you have to wait four years minimum. In the Philippines, you can simply never get a divorce!

The origins of “quick” divorces

Mexico can be credited with inventing the “quickie” foreign divorce business. The jet-set of the 1950s and 1960s frequently traveled to Acapulco to obtain quick divorces. Subsequently, Tabasco, the smallest state in Mexico, made a brief foray into the offshore divorce business.

However, all of that is ancient history. Amendments to the Mexican Nationality and Naturalization Law that went into effect in March 1971 require that a foreigner be a legal resident of Mexico before he can file for a Mexican divorce. Becoming a legal resident is a rather complicated and time-consuming process that takes several months. Due to these restrictions, few foreigners will find it practical to attempt a Mexican divorce.

Incredibly, even though speedy divorces in Mexico stopped in the 1970s, we have found people as early as 2006 still offering them for sale online. This is a scam that would-be divorcees should be warned about.

Quick Divorces on Hispaniola Island

Today, the fastest divorces in the Western Hemisphere are just a short flight from Miami, Florida, on the island of Hispaniola, right next to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

In 1971, just months after religious interests caused the Mexican Congress to bash the Mexican “quick divorce” business that had become popular during the 1960s over the head, an enterprising Mexican lawyer persuaded lawmakers to Dominican Republic to pass Law #142. allowing instant divorces for non-residents by steam. Not to be outdone, in 1974 the Republic of Haiti (the Dominican Republic’s smaller neighbor on the island of Hispaniola) passed similar laws, which are in fact even more ‘user friendly’.

This type of divorce is popularly known as the ‘VIP Divorce’, because over the years numerous celebrities and thousands of other famous people have taken advantage of these liberal divorce laws. To name a few, in no particular order: Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, George Scott, Mike Tyson, Robin Givens, Richard Burton, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, Diana Ross, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey, Marc Anthony, and Tommy Mottola (former president of Sony Records).

Yes, these people sure have money. But divorces in the Caribbean do not have to cost as much as you might expect! They are becoming increasingly popular with ordinary citizens, and especially with families of global citizens, who may well have roots in more than one jurisdiction.

 Dominican Republic v Haiti

Today, despite its ups and downs, the Dominican Republic is a thriving economy and a pleasant country to visit, with a highly developed tourism sector. Therefore, it is preferable to get a divorce in the Dominican Republic when possible. Haiti, by contrast, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and far less stable, though of course that doesn’t make its laws any less valid.

The big difference between the two is that in the Dominican Republic mutual consent is required. The respondent spouse does not have to travel there, but will be required to appear in person to sign the documents agreeing to the divorce at a Dominican consulate elsewhere in the world.

In Haiti, however, unilateral divorce is allowed. This is useful when spousal consent cannot be obtained for whatever reason, but a divorce is required to remarry, for business purposes, or just to start over. The process requires public notices in Haiti informing the spouse of the impending action, after which a default judgment is issued granting a divorce if no response is received within twenty-one days.


Recognition by other jurisdictions

As you may have already guessed, the big question on most people’s minds is whether this type of foreign divorce will be legally recognized in their home countries or wherever else they need it to be recognized.

Unfortunately, this is also one of the most difficult questions to answer. But in a nutshell, the answer is generally positive! This is why…

First of all, offshore divorce is perfectly legal. No doubt about that. There is no law that we know of anywhere in the world that prohibits people from going to another country and getting divorced.

Whether it is accepted where you live depends in practice on whether someone questions it. It is a fact that worldwide, more than 99.9% of divorces are never contested. The only person likely to contest the divorce would be her spouse. Most people get their spouse’s written consent, and then the spouse can’t dispute it later because of estoppel. Estoppel is defined in my law dictionary as a prohibition to allege or deny a fact due to one’s own actions or previous contrary words.

In the US, courts in many states (for example, New York) specifically accept international divorces. Courts in most others accept them on a case-by-case basis on a comity basis. The Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration are other departments that specifically accept and recognize international divorces. The Department of State authorizes and requires US consulates abroad to legalize foreign divorce decrees by giving “full faith and credit” to foreign court signatures. Such legalizations are routinely issued by US embassies in the case of Caribbean divorces.

It should be noted, however, that some US states (most significantly California among them) do not specifically recognize foreign divorces. (That even includes Nevada divorces.) Of course, this law was passed in the public interest and has nothing to do with greedy California lawyers who want all the action for themselves.

In England and Wales, the recognition of a divorce abroad is governed by Part II of the Family Law Act 1986. Section 51(c) of that Act allows English courts to refuse to recognize a divorce abroad. the foreigner as valid if such recognition is manifestly contrary to public order.’ Courts also have the discretion to deny recognition if the divorce was obtained without notice to the other party, which could apply to Haitian divorces.

A quick review shows that this English law has never been tested in court. Thus, although it appears that the English courts have some discretion in refusing to recognize foreign divorces, we can also see that in twenty years none of the thousands of British citizens who have obtained Caribbean divorces have had any legal problems in England because of it. . I stay with my case!


Hispaniola courts provide, in many cases, an excellent opportunity to break free from the shackles of marriage, avoiding the tortuously slow divorce proceedings in other countries that can be both financially and emotionally draining. In fact, a few days can mean a new beginning in life. However, this article was intended only as a brief introduction to a complex topic. It is very important that you obtain proper professional advice and read up on this subject before taking any action that may have unintended legal consequences.