I spent a year and a half making things over at Urlesque, but they plan to fold the site and already laid off some freelancers in favor of similarily located full-time staffers. Because everyone knows a newsroom full of professional journalists comes up with stuff like Internetic, Fake Facebook Ads and Rock Climbing in Your House?
If you need a contributor to make awesome, funny, weird and webby things for you. Let me know!
Joe frequently performs with Tim Racine as the comedy duo Teenager of the Year whose short film Scatterbrained was screened at SXSW. Avella's other work includes, Le Arthouse Theatre (classic films re-imagined with way more blood) and guest-starring work with seasoned improv performer Neil Arsenty on the MWTSS (Midwest Teen Sex Show).
The internet is trivial. A barrage of constant
updates intended to entertain, educate, and provoke. Instead we're
buried under massive amounts of data. We're not that interesting.
Great stories are about the most important day of a character's life. It
is the day he/she changes. Amazing things happen and nothing will ever be the
same. It isn't everyday life. Everyday life is boring.
Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. encourage meaningless real-time
sharing about everyday life and mundane things. The more narcissistic noise we share, the more
difficult it is to hear anything important
Great films take years. Twitter take seconds. Which do you prefer?
of uploading a picture of every piece of food you've ever eaten, only
upload the meal that gave you food poisoning? I'd like to see that.
Stop sharing everything. Be selective. Stop steering people to the same sights & sounds as Digg and Reddit. Start creating.
last Fall, I've been trying to share the most fascinating thing I
could curate or create that week. It's time consuming with barely any return on investment. Traffic is in the dumpster, subscribers are down, and every day I think about closing up shop, but in my opinion the site has never been
more entertaining. What do you think?
Most pitchers bring the heat overhand, but some athletes are forced to get creative. Chad Bradford has been an MLB pitcher for over a decade. His unusual approach to pitching was suggested by his former high school coach/minister. Bradford was never a superior athlete, but he found a niche to exploit. A sidearm technique that evolved into an underhand delivery. His knuckles practically scrape the ground with every pitch. It looks like he's bowling.
The effectiveness of this approach is measured by the batter's hesitance. Submarine pitchers barely break 85mph on a fastball, but their unorthodox style creates an uneasiness. Batters can't look for the same visual cues to identify pitches. If a traditional pitcher slows up right before the release, chances are a change up is en route. With submarine pitchers these subliminal hints are non-existent. A batter's thoughts become, "I'm going to get pegged in the shin!"
Chad Bradford's technique throws off the competition and defies elbow anatomy.
Minor league pitcher Josh Papelbon.
Instead of a top-down approach, the ball rises to greet them or
breaks suddenly. This unusual trajectory forces hitters into ground
balls that are easy for the defense to scoop up. Grounders, of course
were more difficult in the 1800's before players used gloves.
Shunsuke Watanabe uses a similar style in the Japanese Leagues. To reduce knee injuries, Watanabe uses a custom pad in his right pant leg.
Shunsuke Watanabe lays out a pitch.
One disadvantage to submarine style pitching is the strain it puts on
the back. Pitchers can tire out easily and perhaps end up with hurty