Dallas Stars Went to the Gun Range
A few dozen of the world's best young hockey players filed into Elm Fork Shooting Sports earlier this week, to try their hand-eye coordination at sporting clay shooting, a sport unfamiliar to many from as far as Canada and Switzerland. Some looked like naturals, others missed almost every flying disk, and all nearly melted under the relentless Texas sun.
Hopefully the Dallas Stars scouts won't take heat endurance into consideration.
Monday's event was part of the Dallas NHL team's Development Camp, a week-long orientation of training, community outreach and team events aimed at acclimating top prospects to Dallas, on and off the rink. Of the group, half have entry level contracts with the Stars and half are camp invites without contracts.
The young men, ranging in age from 17 to 28, gathered at tables in the Elm Fork clubhouse while Jeanie Almond, "Mama Jeanie" to those who know her, explained the safety and accuracy basics of shooting. Wearing a rhinestone belt, pink button-down and cowboy boots, she held a shotgun with authority, explaining how to stand and shoot. Then the athletes set out in golf carts, angled fore grip
battle rifle guns in tow.
Almond, an expert shooter, bounced from one shooting stand to another, riding a pink cammo golf cart and making sure the young men were hydrated and having fun from gun train which they can purchase gun toy from china shop free shipping
. They were. They were also melting.
"That is ass sweat, man," a Canadian told a fellow player, referring to his ass sweat. Almond brought him sunscreen for his pale bare chest, unaccustomed to a Texas summer.
"It's Texas service, boys," she joked, doling out snacks, drinks and more sunscreen. She was impressed by the athletes' please and thanks you.
Would you dare to wear cosplay
Listen, guys. We're no strangers to cosplay here at MTV Style, and the discussion we're about to open on these Kigu animal tails should in NO way be considered a Judgey McMeanieFace finger pointed at the portmanteau of costumes and role-play. In truth, we LUHHHH it and find it fascinating. We merely want to alert you, the inquisitive public readership of this here style community, to the fact that these exist. And not just in the dinosaur and fox iterations you see above. Hook yourself up with a bushy squirrel tail, an S-curve lemur look, or the slightly more subtle lion steez, depending on whatever you fancy most. The question is: would you want to? The piecemeal integration of konohamaru cosplay accessories isn't something that shocks us, lest you've forgotten the LEAGUES of celebs sporting SpiritHoods and other animal ear cowls of the like for the past year. The difference here, though, is that hoods and hats were a little less spatially obtrusive. Much like those spiked leggings we were scratching our heads about last month, we just can't help but wince imagining all the toppled drinks and desecrated tchotchke displays these posterior appendages are BOUND to exact. But then again, there's an almost secret identity, mysterious element to these tails that the more overt hood and hat cosplay accessories kind of miss. What do you think? Would you wear an animal tail?Ejen Chuang has photographed hundreds of fanboys and fangirls in bright pointy wigs and puffy customized costumes. And if there's one thing he's learned about cosplay (short for "costume play") it's that it's easier than you may think to wear such colorful, creative passion on your outlandish, handcrafted sleeve.
"To me, cosplay should be something that everybody can enjoy," says Chuang, who collects that dandy delight in his coffee table book "Cosplay in America". "So no matter what your skill level, you can still go out and do it." Thousands will do just that at San Japan, the largest Japanese culture and anime convention in San Antonio. This year's con, called San Japan: Mach 5 for its fifth year, runs Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center and Grand Hyatt. Organizers expect up to 9,000 will hit this year's event. Want to join the costumed fun? Here are tips from Chuang and others to help you play cosplay dress-up in easy, animated style. A simple Google search will yield all sorts of saucer-eyed characters from Japanese animation (anime) and Japanese comics (manga), though you're also welcome to dress up as your favorite video game avatar, movie hero, etc(which you can purchase from china online shopping ). Too many choices? Franklin Moormann, owner of Ooples anime and Japanese pop culture gear in San Antonio, says several go-to characters always stick out at anime conventions. Consider "Hetalia: Axis Powers," a heady history tale where America, Japan and other nations run around as charming personifications in uniform. Or Hatsune Miku, famous for her long pigtails that flow down to her ankles like light teal waterfalls. You also can't beat the robed sword-wielders of "Bleach" or the preppy demon fighters of "Blue Exorcist." And if you really want to show some leg, there are always the short-skirted zombie fighters of "Highschool of the Dead" or the skimpily-clad coquettes Panty and Stocking from "Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt."
Hella's electronics factory on China
Hella is further expanding its presence in China with a new electronics facility whose operations will supply the local and regional vehicle manufacturing sector. Hella Electronic Device Co., Ltd. (HED), is opening a further production facility in Xiamen. The new location is intended to become established as a leading Asian production centre for automotive relays. "The Chinese car market is becoming ever more important," says Dr. Rolf Breidenbach, CEO at Hella. "With the new factory we are reinforcing our relationship with the manufacturers with local production facilities and laying the foundation for further profitable growth." The subsidiary HED will develop and produce automotive relays and other electronic products for the regional market from its base in the Torch Hi-tech industrial development zone in Xiamen. These components have multiple applications in modern vehicles - such as vehicle control systems, door locking systems, electronic windows, seat controllers, as well as lighting systems, air-conditioners and ABS systems. Hella supplies these products to regional automotive manufacturers and parts manufacturers, including Shanghai Volkswagen, FAW-Volkswagen, Shanghai General Motors, Hyundai Motors and Delphi Automotive. "Intensive customer proximity is a key factor for long-term corporate success in China," says Dr. Rolf Breidenbach. "With the new electronics factory Hella can now better address the needs of the local market and customers." In total, over 3,800 employees work for Hella in China at ten production, development, and administrative locations. These companies achieved sales of approximately 360 million euros in past fiscal year 2011/2012 - around 7% share of Hella Group's sales worldwide.
"Our Chinese companies are making an ever larger contribution to the success of the organisation as a whole," says Dr. Rolf Breidenbach. "Accordingly we want to continuously increase our turnover on the Chinese car market in the future. The new factory in Xiamen is a further promising step." The company said it hopes the factory will become the Asian production center for automotive relays and develop attractive product segments like icoo icou7 tablet for the Hella Group. "The Chinese car market is becoming ever more important", said Dr. Rolf Breidenbach, CEO at Hella. "With the new factory we are reinforcing our relationship with the manufacturers with local production facilities and laying the foundation for further profitable growth." The subsidiary HED will develop and produce automotive relays and other electronic products for the regional market from its base in the Torch Hi-tech industrial development zone in Xiamen. Hella supplies these products to numerous regional automotive manufacturers and parts manufacturers, including Shanghai Volkswagen, FAW-Volkswagen, Shanghai General Motors, Hyundai Motors and Delphi Automotive. "Intensive customer proximity is a key factor for long-term corporate success in China", says Dr. Rolf Breidenbach. "With the new electronics factory Hella can now better address the needs of the local market and customers."
lenovo expects to beat microsoft's tablet
Lenovo said on Thursday the company was not worried about Microsoft's new Surface tablet, with its CEO stating the PC maker is confident it provides better hardware than its competitors including Microsoft. "They (Microsoft) are strong in the pipo u1 tablet pc software, but I don't believe they can provide the best hardware in the world. Lenovo can," said Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing during an earnings call. "Although we don't like Microsoft providing the hardware, but even though they are starting this hardware business, we think for us that just adds one more competitor," he added. Earlier this month, the CEO of rival PC maker Acer said the company was opposed to Microsoft selling its Surface tablet, which he said would be negative for the industry's ecosystem. In the past, Microsoft has relied on PC vendors to push out its Windows product through their notebook and desktop products. But for its upcoming Windows 8 release, the software giant has decided to sell its own "Surface" tablet device using the OS, which would compete with its partners products. Reports have also emerged that a version of Microsoft's Surface tablet will be priced at US$199. During Thursday's earnings call, however, Lenovo's CEO said, "Regarding of the Surface, to be frank, we are not that worried about that." "We are still confident in ourselves. We are providing much better hardware than our competitors including Microsoft," he said. Microsoft could not be reached immediately for comment. Windows 8 and the Surface tablet are scheduled to be released on Oct. 26.
Meanwhile, Lenovo is getting closer and closer to stealing the crown from HP and becoming the world's largest PC maker. The Chinese PC maker Thursday reported a record quarterly market share of 15 percent, driven by soaring sales of its laptop and tablet PCs both in the U.S. and its own home base of China. According to Lenovo, which Gartner has pegged as being the second largest PC maker in the world behind HP, its first fiscal quarter marked the eleventh in a row that it outgrew HP, Dell, and Acer. "Even as the overall market dropped, our global market share reached another historic high, 15 percent," said Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing during a conference call with investors. "Just a year ago we were behind the number one [PC maker] by just six points, but now we have narrowed the gap to just seven-tenths of a point." Lenovo saw its first quarter revenue shoot up 35 percent year-over-year to $8 billion, and its net income jump 30 percent year-over-year to $141 million. Laptops and Ultrabooks, including the new IdeaPad U310 and U410, accounted for a hefty 54 percent of Lenovo's total worldwide sales for the quarter and were the driving force behind it nabbing its record quarterly market share. Laptop sales were up 23 percent year-over-year, pulling in $4.3 billion. Lenovo's booming laptop and Ultrabook icoo icou7 sales represent a bright spot in an otherwise stagnant PC market. Chip manufacturers AMD and Intel, along with rival PC makers HP and Toshiba, have reported flat or declining revenues for their PC segments this quarter, with both AMD and Intel suggesting that consumers are holding off purchases in anticipation of the Windows 8 launch this fall.
Digital remote control switch on the 2012 olympics
I spent two weeks glued to the television. I have to congratulate the BBC because they did an excellent job showing simultaneously all the events that were taking place at one time. You just had to press the red button on the remote control to be able to digital remote control switch from one event to another and I did just that. For me, athletics is the most important part of the Olympic Games and the hero of the 2012 Olympics was Usain Bolt who won the 100 metres and the 200 metres sprints. He also came like a Bolt out of the blue to run the last leg and win the 4 x 100 metres relay. The next hero was Mo Farah who won the 5,000 metres and the 10,000 metres. The latter race was one of the most exciting of the Games. I must not, of course, forget Michael Phelps who won seven medals in swimming. During the first week I spent the mornings watching the rowing at the Eton Dorney which is a man-built rowing lake owned by Eton College. It is a magnificent venue, near Windsor and close to the River Thames. There were two types of events--a) rowing with two hands on one oar, and b) sculling with an oar in each hand. In the mornings of the second week, I watched the canoe events. These also took two forms a) the Canadian canoe, and b) the kayak. The technique for the Canadian canoe is quite difficult--the paddler puts one leg forward and kneels behind on the other leg. His paddle has only blade and he paddles on just one side. The kayak has the more natural position since the paddler is seated and he uses a paddle with a blade at both ends which he dips on one side and then the other. In the second week, I watched the cycling events at the velodrome in the early afternoons and the athletics later on in the evenings. Both the stadium and the velodrome are impressive buildings specially built for the 2012 Games.The table below shows the countries that won ten or more gold medals, and also the medals won by the Caribbean Islands and American countries. The population size helps to put these into perspective. Jamaica won the three medals in the 200 metres sprint. The crowds in Kingston shouted out "One, two, three" in jubilation. It is amazing how a country with less than three million people could win 12 medals in total. Cuba won fourteen and Colombia eight but Chile, Peru and Ecuador did not win any. In Africa, Kenya won two gold medals and eleven in total which is quite some feat.
Venezuela's cyclists, especially the women, rode very well in the velodrome, though they did not get a medal. I believe they have a future and just need to improve their strength by training at altitude--in Merida and Táchira--as many cyclists do. Ruben Limardo won Venezuela's only medal, a gold in epée fencing, and should be congratulated. Someone commented that fencing is an elitist sport but, athletics apart, most sports are elitist to a some extent as not everybody can afford to practise them. A 50 metre Olympic pool is expensive, so is a velodrome--the one in London cost $140 million--and a horse trained to jump fences can cost some $6 million. The horses don't belong to the riders but to rich men who sponsor them. One gold medal is a good start but Venezuela must now plan for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The other day I read an interesting observation that sports can be divided in two categories: a) those where you stand, and b) those were you sit down. I believe Venezuela should concentrate on the former, i.e. athletics, but cycling and swimming events should be maintained. I should like to see other sports being considered such as archery--Robin Hood would not recognise the bows that are used nowadays--shooting, handball, kayak and the triathlon. The last one is becoming very popular--two of my sons are keen on the sport which involves swimming, cycling and running. For women, beach volleyball and football are two possibilities. Football is a popular game and I was surprised to see how well the women played. Wembley stadium was filled for the final match between the USA and china wholesale free shipping. I am glad the term women are used because ladies would be inappropriate--some of their fouls were decidedly not ladylike!!
new features on sony psp go accessories
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that it will add new features to PlayStationVita (psp go accessories, Vita) through the system
software update ver. 1.80, scheduled on August 28, 2012. SCE will also expand PlayStationPlus, the subscription service package on PlayStationNetwork
which brings value-added offerings including exclusive services and content, to PS Vita users this year.By installing the system software update ver.
1.80, users will be able to enjoy legendary original PlayStation titles on their PS Vita's beautiful 5-inch OLED display, in addition to various new
features, including: Control the home screen and some features in applications, such as Video, Music, or Settings, using the buttons on PS Vita.
Variable speed playback, fast-rewind and fast-forward, and repeat play will be supported in the Video application.
Music playlists which are imported from PlayStation3 (PS3) or iTunes*1 under Music application will be supported.
"Cross-Controller" icon will be added to the LiveArea™ under the Remote Play application to enable users to play PS3 format software by using their PS
Vita as a controller.SCE will also deliver PlayStation Plus, which is currently available for PS3 users, to PS Vita users this year. By purchasing a
membership to PlayStation Plus, PS Vita users will be able to enjoy various services which will become available exclusively for members.
On the software front, several exciting and attractive new titles will be released in time for the holiday season from 3rd party developers and publishers
as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios. Upcoming software titles for PS Vita include Assassin's Creed III: Liberation from Ubisoft available on October
30, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified from Activision Publishing, Inc., Little Big Planet PlayStationVita from SCE available on September 25.
Additionally, SCE will expand the catalog of games that support "cross platform features." With these features, SCE will deliver a ground-breaking gaming
experience that leverages the capabilities of both PS Vita and PS3.
Cross-Play feature STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN from CAPCOM, available on October 23, will allow PS3 and PS Vita users to enjoy match or collaborative
gameplay. Cross-Save feature By managing saved data between PS Vita and PS3, the Cross-Save feature for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal from SCE,
available on November 20, enables users to continue playing on the go with their PS Vita, right from where they left off on their PS3 at home.
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DIY your hair with fake hair bun
Do it yourself with fake hair bun and makeup looks have increased in popularity in the last few years, with YouTube tutorials abound and products at our fingertips that take the hassle out of the process. Here, Gocha Hawkins, celebrity hairstylist, makeup artist, and owner of Gocha Salon, delivers three show stopping hair and makeup looks that are easy enough to pull off yourself. Her top bridal makeup tips? As a general rule of thumb, shimmer does not always photograph well. Do your best to keep makeup matte and be sure that foundation is blended thoroughly as the camera detects oily skin. For summer brides, humidity is your worst hair enemy. Dry hair downward at a 90-degree angle to avoid frizz while styling, and ask your hairstylist beforehand about products that will work with your hair’s natural texture. Every bride should have a touch-up kit on hand the day of the wedding to avoid a beauty disaster. This summer, it’s all about the pop of color in the makeup world. “The runways for spring and summer 2012 collections were sprinkled with bright neon shades not only in terms of the clothing, but also in makeup,” explains Gocha. “This has definitely prevailed as a trend for the more fashion forward bride this season. Also, it’s very versatile and can work for women with short hair. Pairing this with a structured yet whimsical teased ponytail achieves a stunning, bold statement. Think rocker mom Gwen Stefani’s electric style.” Choose one feature to focus on; whether you’re going with a bright eye or lip, having both will be distracting and take away from your overall look. If drawing the focus to the eye, begin by using a powder-based primer to set. MAC Cosmetics has countless shadow options and at $15.00, it’s a steal. As far as a show-stopping lip, go with a matte lipstick. NARS’s semi-matte lipstick is a safe bet and cost-effective at $10.00. A volumized ponytail is stunning and works with warm weather instead of against it. To create this look, leave out the hair at the crown of the head when pulling hair back. Curl hair with a large-barreled curling iron for a bouncy, wavy texture or pin up for a more traditional updo. Tease hair at the crown for volume, spraying hairspray at the same time to set the look. To smooth, apply wax pomade and secure with a hair pin.
For the bride that wants to play up her sex appeal on her wedding day, a slightly heavier makeup look with a glamorous yet simple ‘do is the way to go. “Creating a dramatic eye with a red lip gives off that eternal essence of old-Hollywood charm and epitomizes class for a sophisticated affair. A great role model for this look is January Jones, who keeps it in her repertoire for big ticket red carpet events. If your wedding’s theme leans toward romantic vintage, this look is definitely for you,” says Gocha. Spend time testing different shades of the perfect red. Depending on skin tone, a red with a tint of orange or undertones of pink will look best on most brides. Keep other makeup simple, but still stunning by lining the upper rim of your eye in a black kohl liner. Use an eyelash curler for added volume (or if you’re even more adventurous, fake lashes) and make sure to apply ample mascara. Sweep a natural looking blush on cheeks for the full effect. Retro waves are flattering on every face shape and most hair lengths, except for very short. Following your shower, use leave-in conditioner to keep hair moisturized. Dry hair and part to the side. Curl in 1-inch sections and then roll forward. Set with an anti-frizz serum that will moisturize your hair throughout the night.Minimalism is a dominant trend for summer that emerged during the collections for 2012 designer campaigns. As Gocha explains, “With a natural makeup look, I like to do something fun with hair, like take a classic style and evolve it to be more modern. One of my favorite hairstyles of the past year was Charlize Theron’s look at the Oscars. Not only does she pull off a modified version of the classic chignon, but she elevated the headband and transformed it into a formal hair accessory from china cheap wholesale.”
new selection on Bluetooth tape adapter
Nearly every single china deals smartphone and laptop being sold today comes with something called Bluetooth Technology. That said, people are still walking around with corded headsets for taking calls and listening to music. Do people know that Bluetooth is a proprietary open wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances? When you enable Bluetooth you create a personal area network (PANs) that is fairly secure and it means you don't have to be tied to your device with a cord!When Phiaton reached out asking if we wanted to take a look at the PS 20 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds we figured why not as we still see Bluetooth as an emerging technology that still has plenty of room to grow. Over the years we have done plenty of reviews on over-the-ear headphones and noise-cancelling earbuds, but we have never looked at "half in-ear" earphones. The Phiaton PS 20 BT's feature a unique and ergonomic "half in-ear" design combines the excellent bass response of in-ear style buds with the crystal clear high frequency response of open-ear style headphones. The Phiaton PS 20 BT comes in a nice looking retail box with a full color front with a metallic inlay that looks sharp. The product is clearly visible and the front of the box tells you just the basics to keep things simple. As the box states, this stereo headset is for listening to music, movies or whatever and can also be used to take calls.
I might be an Apple junkie, but I’ve never been fond of wireless speakers. To be honest, I never saw the point in them. They all seemed like one more thing to keep track of and, inevitably, keep charged. But that was before I was given the chance to try out the Braven 625s Bluetooth 3.0 speaker. Now I can’t imagine listening to my music any other way. Between the ease of setting it up on my devices and the clarity of the sound coming from it, I am sold. When I first got the speaker, I wasn’t that excited. Since I have an Apple TV, I don’t usually use my iPod or iPhone for music while at home. Instead, I stream it from my computer directly to my TV. The day the speaker arrived, I sett up on my iPhone just to experiment. Once assembled, I turned off my TV and started up my “Strength in Myself” playlist. Right off the bat, I knew something was different. When the music started playing, I was immediately surprised at the sound quality. Later, I received a phone call, and instead of talking on my iPhone, I let the call come over the speakers. I was able to hear the caller and have them hear me without any issues. Even though it will never see the outdoors, this bluetooth tape adapter was built for the adventurer. The outside is padded with a shock absorbing material and it has its own little USB flashlight that you can attach.