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Ex-Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has cut the price on his Alamo, Calif. mansion to $3.22 million. It was previously listed at $3.375 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 3,506 square foot new construction home has six bedrooms and five baths. That includes a separate one-bedroom, one-bath in-law unit. The property also features a heated pool, sauna and entertainment patio with fireplace, among many other amenities.Maria Afzal with Keller Williams is the listing agent. …
By: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Is there a more quintessential bullying target than “the new kid”? As someone who attended far more than one school throughout my childhood education, I can say with conviction that being “the new kid” can be a struggle. Changing schools can be a profound burden for kids. Not only do they have to leave behind all of the friends they have made at their previous schools, but they also have to try to fit into a new environment full of kids who have pre-established relationships. Now imagine having to do this every two to three years. That’s how frequently military personnel are typically transferred to new locations, meaning that their kids may attend as many as nine schools (Elfman, 2017).What Does Relocation have to do with Bullying?According to Marci Hertz, a health scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention, any perception of a child as somehow “different” by his or her peers can be a catalyst for bullying (Arrington, 2013). For military-connected kids, differences from peers can be abundant. As the “new kid” at school, kids who have relocated start out different from their new schoolmates immediately. In addition, military-connected kids may have very different home lives from those of their peers.This can lead to isolation and feeling like an outsider when transitioning into a new school environment. Matthew Gladden, another scientist working within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention, further notes that bullying is not always physical and can manifest through verbal aggression and cyber bullying as well (Arrington, 2013).What Can Parents Do?Hertz states that parents can play an important role in the prevention of bullying through proper role modeling at home (Arrington, 2013). What kids see at home often shapes their own behavior; so, demonstrating that bullying is not okay at home will lead to imitation of good values and behaviors. Hertz also encourages parents to ask their kids if they are being bullied at school, and stresses the importance of staying aware of the social circles with which their children are affiliated (Arrington, 2013). Finally, military parents specifically, should make an effort to familiarize themselves with local bullying policies in their schools and communities, as these often vary between locations (Arrington, 2013). Relocation can obviously be stressful for the entire family and moving represents only one of the many unique stressors military families face. But, keeping an open dialogue amongst the entire family when acclimating to a new location can help minimize the potential for a negative impact on everyone.What Can Providers Do?Stop Bullying.gov provides information on what mental health professionals can do to prevent bullying, as well. This includes collecting and analyzing data to inform bullying prevention initiatives and monitoring their effectiveness. In addition, Most of these strategies focus on collaboration between mental health professionals, both within the school system and outside of it, and the community at large to engage in community-based prevention strategies. This includes developing policies to guide appropriate student behaviors. They also provide several resources dealing with bullying for mental health professionals to reference.Further ResourcesJoin the MFLN Family Development team on March 22nd, 2018 at 11:00 am Eastern for a free webinar presented by Dr. Lauren Marlotte which will focus on three different types of violence impacting youth including bullying, relationship violence in teens, and school shootings. Dr. Marlotte will provide participants with information on trauma-informed approaches to polishing the protective shields of parents and youth in the face of danger and violence.If it’s too late for you to join us in person, don’t despair! Our webinars are recorded for viewing at any time on our website, as well as YouTube; and CEUs are available for one year after the live event!The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.ReferencesArrington, Y. R. (2013). Bully prevention resources for military families. Air Force Medical Service, Retrieved from: http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/Media-Center/Display/Article/583100/bully-prevention-resources-for-military-families/Elfman, L. (2018). Schools make room for the military. Education Digest, 83(6), 52-56.
Printer Light Hotkeys in DaVinci Resolve can help you quickly white-balance shots.Printer lights are a hold-over from photochemical color timing processes before the invention of digital color grading. Filtered light (red, green, and blue) was shone through the film to change the balance of color in the shot. Printer lights were measured in points, with a 50 point range and a starting place of 25 points for each channel.Some color grading applications still incorporate printer points as a control, and besides being such a basic control, it’s incredibly useful for quickly fixing bad white-balance. I first learned about using them during an internship I did at EFILM in Hollywood. They worked on a custom variation of Lustre, and used the fantastic built-in printer point hotkeys to match shots and fix white balance. Lustre’s hotkeys were great; on the number pad, it was set up like this:Very easy to use, and very intuitive so you can correct without looking at the keyboard.Recently, Blackmagic’s Resolve software incorporated printer point hotkeys as well, Though you have to enable them here:Here’s how Resolve’s printer light hotkeys are laid out:Sadly, they’re (in my opinion) ‘close but no cigar’ for one reason – they shifted everything down one row, which screws up the CMY subtraction keys. You can see the issue: the –1 cyan key is way off to the right, which screws up the columns of everything being vertically aligned. In actual use, this makes a big difference.I’ve talked about using printer points before, so why am I making such a big deal about some hotkeys? Because the hotkeys speed up the process significantly. Even with Resolve’s slightly screwed up layout, you can correct much faster using the keys than you can with a mouse..once you get used to them. It’s the same theory as why using keyboard shortcuts in editing speeds up the process so much. The vertical alignment of the + and – keys lets you easily make small, accurate adjustments, knowing exactly what you did to get that result.Now that we’ve talked about why Resolve’s keys are a little off, let’s see them in action. The keys may be a little screwed up, but the results are as useful as ever. You’ll see the results of your corrections under the offset control. I’ll be working in the Resolve 10 beta, but the latest version of Resolve 9 has them as well.Here’s a starting image that has a bad white balance – just a little too warm. You can see how things are out of whack in the RGB parade: It’s not perfect, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s best to use printer points to quickly get the shot close, then you can make small adjustments to finish up if needed. Printer points are all about speed.On a related side-note: I don’t know if anyone from Blackmagic Design will read this post, but if they do, I hope they take note of the benefits of a Lustre-like layout of the hotkeys over what’s currently in Resolve. It’s a change I’d love to see! Here, I used the printer points to get the image to a much more neutral point:
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU survived Pitt on Saturday, but that’s nothing compared to what Pitt running back James Conner has survived over the last year. Our guy Thomas Fleming wrote terrifically about Conner and his Hodgkins Lymphoma, and you should read his story if you haven’t.Conner rolled up 111 yards on 24 carries and one very questionable TD.I mean that’s just not a TD. pic.twitter.com/PRo0gGgOqs— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 17, 2016He was impressive no matter how you look at it. Or at least I thought so. OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer did as well.“How about that running back of theirs?” Spencer said to the Oklahoman. “Gosh. I saw him after the game and I hugged his neck and said, ‘Buddy, I respect you.’ When a young man finds a purpose for playing this game, beyond the screams of the crowds or the screams of coaches, he’s dangerous. And that’s what that kid is.”I want Glenn Spencer to talk about me like that!Conner said he was bummed about the game but already moving on after Pitt’s first loss of the 2016 season.“It’s just tough,” said Conner. “We don’t like losing. We’re on to the next one. It was a hard physical run late in the game. I felt we did have momentum though. I felt good coming out of the delay. We just tried to stretch, take our pads off and stay off our feet.“They’re a great team, and we have to correct some things on offense. But hats off to them they played good on offense. I felt I could have run harder [on touchdown run]. But I’m always hard on myself.”Respect all the way around. I like Pitt. I like Conner. I love Spencer. And I’m excited to play this game again in 2017.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s defense was battered and bruised for 527 yards and 38 points at home against Pittsburgh last week, and things will only get tougher against the high flying Baylor Bears this weekend in Waco. Baylor, which enters the game averaging 44.3 points per game (exactly the same number as Oklahoma State!), have a fantastic passing attack with senior QB Seth Russell and star wideout KD Cannon.But the Bears offense flows through their dynamic running back Shock Linwood and standout freshman JaMycal Hasty- they currently rank 9th in the NCAA in rushing in 2016. Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer pointed this out Monday in his press conference.Spencer also pointed out that Seth Russell is back as a running threat as well, and looks to be back to full strength after his season ending injury in 2015. He’s fully aware of the risks involved with playing the safeties up to help against the high-powered running game of Baylor.“When you’re spread with four [receivers], your corners are going to be on an island unless you’re playing a three-deep zone, but then you’re soft on the corners,” said Spencer. “You just have to realize if you play it safely, you give up hitches, or you can be more aggressive and stop some things, but then you’re taking the chance of them throwing it over the top.”The most experienced and best playmaker in the secondary, Senior Safety Jordan Sterns, will have to play a huge game in Waco on Saturday if the Cowboys hope to stop Baylor. Sterns was excited to play Baylor and their dynamic offense, stressing the need to play aggressive and match the intensity level in stopping the running attack the Bears bring.“I have all the confidence in the world in [our defensive line],” said Sterns. “I think the defensive line and our linebackers have been doing a great job stopping the run. At the end of the day, we are working together. We are coming together more as brothers.”The win over Pittsburgh was key in getting the Cowboys season back on track, but the Cowboys will face a much more explosive team this year weekend than they’ve seen so far, and will travel away from the friendly confines of Boone Pickens Stadium for the first time in 2016. A win this weekend in Waco would kickstart the Cowboys’ momentum starting conference play, and would go a long way towards a run at the Big 12 title this season. They kick off as 9.5-point underdogs (currently) in Waco at 6:30 PM on Saturday night, which will be televised on Fox.
This week feels like it has lasted forever, but the first Big 12 game of the season is finally here. We are here with some predictions for Mason Rudolph’s return to Waco.Kyle PorterPlayer of the game: Jalen McCleskey. Thomas Fleming laid out here why McCleskey is such a threat right now, and I think he will rack up some insane numbers in Waco. Whether he gets to the end zone will determine his POG status, but I’m ready for Thunder (The Prez) and Lightning (McCleskey) to take full effect against BU.Bold prediction: OSU will run for 5 yards per carry on Saturday. Yeah, I said it. I don’t think they’re going to run it 40 times or anything, but I do think it opens up for them on Saturday night on the Brazos.[OSU runs for 2 yards per carry and I erase this by midnight: 2-1 odds]Final score: Oklahoma State: 51 | Baylor: 45I’m not totally sure why I’m picking the Pokes in this one, but I do feel like they will at least rise to the occasion and make it lively. Baylor is different than it was last year, and even though I’m not positive I trust Glenn Spencer’s side of the ball to get stops when they need them, I think the offense is going to rock in Waco.Kyle BoonePlayer of the game: Rennie Childs. The Bears are giving up a gaudy 163 rushing yards per game against SMU, Rice, and , including 234 on the ground to Rice last week. Even with the running game not being a strong suit, Oklahoma State will have their opportunities today in Waco, and Childs who had over 100 yards last week, will take advantage of the weakness.Bold prediction: Mason Rudolph throws for 400. He had 540 last week and by many accounts didn’t even play to his full potential, missing high on the short and intermediate routes throughout the game. But the deep ball was hitting last week, and with James Washington and Jhajuan Seales coming into form, I don’t see why this week will be any different. Final score: Oklahoma State 45, Baylor 42I like the Pokes in this one but I think it will depend on the matchups in the trenches whether they can pull it off. I’m banking on OSU to take advantage of Baylors weakness in rush defense, and OSU’s strong defensive line to limit the Bears running game. I think we’ll be in for a shootout and another nail biter. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Oklahoma State Cowboys had the most successful run performances against Baylor last week, but that might not be the case this week versus Texas.The Longhorns have a stout front seven, one of the better ones in the conference, and defend the run exceptionally well. They currently have the third-best run defense in the Big 12, giving up around 150.7 YPG on the ground.Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich spoke on the Longhorns’ exceptional front on Monday.“They are very good at defending the inside run,” Yurcich said. “They’re stout up front and their structures and fronts take away a lot of inside runs, whether they are gap schemes or zones. They do a great job from the interior standpoint and where they’ve been hurt is the outside run, but when you get them stretched, it’s time to attack them on the inside. You can’t be exclusive or have one-dimensional-type runs.”Head coach Mike Gundy had the same sentiments on the ‘Horns.“The personnel that they play with is very rarely undersized at any position,” Gundy said. “They’re 300-pound guys that move well and that’s the situation that we’re facing this week.”The Cowboys have shown the ability to run the ball between the tackles as of late, but their outside run game is a different story. They ran a lot of outside zone against the Bears last week, and they often ended up as a tackle for loss because of backside pursuit:The contain players shedding their blocks:Or a combination of the two:Yes, UT is coming off a 50-43 loss against Cal, but that was against a spread team. The Cowboys, despite what anyone tells you, are not a spread team anymore. While Cal had success on the ground in a lot of 10 personnel formations (one back, no tight ends), the Cowboys do it exclusively in either 11 or 12 personnel (one back, one/two tight ends). That means more players in between the tackles, both offensively and defensively.That does not mean that the Pokes won’t put together a spread game plan to try to replicate what Cal did offensively. But they’ll always go back to their base plays. If the Cowboys try and outside zone their way down the field against the Longhorns, players like defensive tackle Paul Boyette or linebacker Malik Jefferson will make sure that goes nowhere. OSU wants to run the ball on the outside, and that’s fine, but they’ll have to get creative if they want to find success.How would you game plan against Texas? Leave your opinions below in the comments!