2017 OAKLEY MINI PIPE CHALLENGE – SEVEN SPRINGS RECAP

The third annual cheap Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge went down under blue skies in southwestern Pennsylvania, home of the East Coast shred mecca that is Seven Springs. Weekend warriors, locals and those devout enough to make the pilgrimage to Springs were rewarded with the blessings of a perfect day and a fresh cut 13 ft. mini pipe. The workhorse park crew filled the pipe with jibs, bonks and cut-outs… and at high noon the jam kicked off. Everybody strapped up, sent it, and then unstrapped to make the hike back up… multiple times. Check the video for proof – www.d-arkweb.com!

After a long day of hiking, the crowd gathered at the bottom of the hill to see the crusaders rewarded with prizes from Oakley, Crab Grab, Shred Soles, Willi’s Ski and Board Shop. Best Method award went to shred veteran Chris Mitchell, founder of the infamous Penn State Snowboard Club. Young Caitlin Adkins made the trip from Ohio to take home the Lady Killer award while she out hiked every guy on hill for full runs through the pipe. Brady McCarthy learned frontside inverts for the Botanist award as Adam Homberg slid, bonked and slashed every feature in the pipe to snag the Grind Kind award. 7-year-old Makai Gelvezon came through with the Tiny Dancer award for getting up to speed, airing above the lip and landing a legendary backflip up and out the pipe! The coveted custom-designed Oakley Mini Pipe Challenge trophy was bestowed to local legend Matt Guess, as he bagged up a ton of prizes at the end of the day. Back-to-back Hakkon flips, huge cripplers, spins in both directions and parenting skills for the win! Thanks to the event’s continued success, the cheap Oakley sunglasses Mini Pipe Challenge is headed to Whistler this weekend, February 25th before headingMammoth Mountain on March, 25th. Photos and awards below! 

Rosarian Academy family night honors Oakley Debbs

More than 400 people turned out for Rosarian Academy’s Family Fun Night Feb. 10 to remember Rosarian Academy fifth-grade student athlete cheap Oakleys Debbs, who died in November from anaphylactic shock stemming from a nut allergy.

Many of them were clad in red sneakers, Oakley’s favorite. They came for a night of fun and games and the chance to contribute to Food Allergy Research & Education, the charity designated by Red Sneakers for Oakley – d-arkweb.com.

After some relays and events in the gymnasium, attendees headed to the athletic field for games and carnival-style food.

The Debbs family stressed the importance of using the Red Sneakers for Oakley foundation as a way to raise awareness about nut allergies.

Zappos underwrote the event and gave every fifth-grader and their homeroom teachers a pair of red sneakers. They also set up a cheap oakley sunglasses table with information related to food-allergy prevention and awareness.

 

Meltingpot’s Dutchman revival summons old ills — with sad new relevance

This year, Black History Month coincided with a battery of protests and demonstrations over executive orders — the timing and tenor of which recall those of the Civil Rights era. Meanwhile, at KC Meltingpot Theatre, a revival of Dutchman by LeRoi Jones (better known as Amiri Baraka, a name he adopted later in life) reminds us that we have a lot of ground yet to cover.

The 1964 script — which dates to the months just before the Civil Rights Act was passed — is half play, half polemic, and 100 percent worth seeing.

The brisk one-act takes place on a New York subway car, where Clay, a 20-year-old black man, sweats through the sticky cheap oakleys summer heat in a suit and tie. Enter Lula, a 30-year-old white woman, chomping through a tart green apple and weaving, drunklike, through the train in a breezy dress and heels.  She plops down next to Clay (though the train is empty). She offers him an apple (the biblical symbolism heavy as a hammer). She curls an arm around his neck as though she has every right in the world.

This first scene is an uncomfortable reminder of the confidence with which white people throughout history have possessed and policed black bodies. Director Nicole Hodges Persley directs her Lula (Laura Jacobs) through enough violations to staff a sexual-harassment training video. Lula grabs Clay’s thigh, rubs his hair. By the end of the scene, she’s straddling him in the middle of a subway car, laughing and carefree.

Jacobs is by turns fascinating and chilling as Lula, a provocateur who toys with Clay for her own amusement. She accuses him of ogling her one minute, presents her ass like a baboon the next. The part isn’t exactly subtle — www.d-arkweb.com think “monster in a horror film for men’s-rights activists” — but Jacobs’ self-possession and shrewd delivery keep it on the rails. “I lie a lot,” she admits at one point with a simplicity that gives us goosepimples. “It helps me control the world.”

Frank Oakley III is equally adept as Clay, a mild-mannered poet who seems at first content to play the ingenue. He deflects Lula’s advances lightly, politely, plays along with her sexual fantasies. But when Lula starts to mock his racial bona fides, the pot boils over: Oakley launches into a blistering monologue that reads like, well, Baraka at his most righteous.

Oakley’s hard-fought calm makes the proceedings even more intense. He’s gone to great pains, he suggests, to give himself over to “my people’s madness,” the peculiar neurosis that makes Bessie Smith sing and Charlie Parker play and Clay (and, by extension, Baraka) write, when the “sane” thing to do would be to lash out at people like Lula.

Clay’s monologue is the beating heart of the play, and cheap Oakley sunglasses handles it well. But a couple of directorial choices dampen its effect. Meltingpot’s production includes an unnecessary intermission between scenes I and II, resetting the clock on Baraka’s slow-burn build. (Even with the intermission, the show runs under an hour.) And while this production has been blocked for thrust, with moments played toward all three seating units, only the downstage unit was used for Saturday night’s performance. In crucial dramatic exchanges — including Clay’s explosive late-play monologue — the actors had their backs to the audience. More aggressive ushering would help.

But Meltingpot’s other choices (including Rana Esfandiary’s angled, retro-orange set) live up to the material. Dutchman hinges on a violent climax, and the scene is smartly choreographed, leaving us slack-jawed at both the pace and the banality of the resolution. I’ll avoid spoilers; suffice to say that the turn amplifies popular stereotypes of black sexuality and white innocence to their grotesque (and seemingly inevitable) conclusion.

This isn’t an exercise in subtlety.

But racism — in our time, if not Baraka’s — often is. Dutchman feels timely in its insistence on prodding the more insidious forms into the light and calling them by name.

Are smart glasses about to make a comeback?

Smart glasses, the butt of numerous jokes, could be about to make a comeback — of sorts.

Juniper Research said that smart glasses are likely to be the fastest-growing sector of the consumer wearables segment over the next five years, oakleys cheap reaching 11 percent of the overall wearables market by 2021.

It forecasts revenues to grow from $327 million this year, to $9 billion in 2021 as the new generation of smart glasses emerges — $9bn may sound like a lot, but the smartphone market is worth around $400bn a year.

According to the analysts, the dominant wearables categories — smartwatches and fitness bands — have begun to slow and will account for just over 50 percent of wearables revenue by 2021, significantly down from 75 percent share they currently hold.

The best-known attempt at smart glasses was Google Glass — a $1,500 prototype with a built-in camera. Response to the headset was largely hostile: owners were called ‘Glassholes’ and the devices raised issues about privacy and security. Google stopped selling Glass in 2015.

However, the next generation of smart glasses may avoid the same fate. For example, Snap has been generating significant interest with its new $129 Snap Spectacles – sunglasses with a build-in video camera. And augmented reality may play a part in the rise of the second wave of headsets: Microsoft’s HoloLens, for example, contains some impressive technology, but is still at an early stage. Samsung has also shown off smart sunglasses thatcan stream content from a smartphone or PC.

Juniper Research said that smart glasses are being repositioned away from their technological roots to appear more like conventional glasses; new products from ODG and GlassUP look more like large sunglasses. “This will help to remove the stigma of wearing oakley sunglasses cheap smart glasses in public, as will the renewed focus on private use cases,” said the analyst firm.

In addition, new ear-based wearables, or ‘hearables’, will bring more possibilities. These devices are becoming platforms for digital assistants such as Alexa and Siri, said Juniper.

 

 

The second biggest area of growth will be healthcare wearables, according to Juniper, producing a $7 billion increase in annual revenues between 2017-2021. But making the data generated by these devices useful to doctors remains a challenge.

“Wearable biometric data alone isn’t immediately helpful,” said research author James Moar. “The key task for wearable healthcare now is to make the data meaningful to healthcare professionals – www.d-arkweb.com. This means better algorithms to process the data, and new user interfaces to contextualise it.”