Quick thought – Orlando Magic and prima donna Dwight Howard

 

We have been hearing for a while now the indecisiveness of the Orlando Magic and their all-star player Dwight Howard. Is he in or is he out? No no ones what the outcome will be. Howard gave his followers some bull shit argument that yes he is not leaving and want to retire in a Orlando jersey. This morning the VP of operations was there lamenting that Howard has to decide on what he wants to do and they are willing to sign him for the long haul indicating that there is still no decision.

For a man who is not even close to Jordan in skills or leadership Howard is one prima donna. Memo to Howard. Dude you are not indispensible. You can go if you want to . When big boy Shaq was there he had a handful of skilled players with him to effect a championship. The problem is you do not. You have a bunch of “B” rated players that have no desire in their minds to win a championship so you have a decision to make. Do what King James did and jump ship, not necessarily in that fashion , or stay and LEAD your team to a championship. Instead of getting rid of the coach get rid of some of those lame players on the team, yea the ones that do not produce and only warm the bench every night of play. The coach is not the only problem , the rest of the lazy bunch is. Get yourself a TEAM. Work with your GM and  beg, borrow or steal quality players and LEAD. Take your example from MJ. He never ran away. He led his team to 6 rings! Yea 6 Dwight something that you dream of every day. That is your decision to make. Am I going to lead or am I going to run and take the easy way out?  At the end of the day it is your legacy that is at stake. Now make your decision and stop putting the Orlando faithful in an emotional mess!

 

Quick Thought – Instant replay for Umpires

I am watching the EURO2012  soccer tournament between Croatia vs. Italy and the referee gave an Italian player a yellow card for a bad play. The viewers instantly got an instant relay of the tackle and clearly it was not a yellow card offense. If we can get the instant replay of the game on a fly then certainly the referee can get that as well. A 4.5 led screen attached to his wrist in the form of a stop watch where he can at a touch off the screen  see the same replay as we did allowing him to make a correct call. I am sure this technology is coming to allow referees to make correct calls not only for soccer but for all the games that need instant replay.

The unusual eyes of Africa

Vanessa Bristow photo Boy with Sapphire eyes

I came across this unusual picture of this little boy from Africa with the most amazing eyes. When  I saw it I said to myself that this is a nice photograph but how unusual . I continued to read the article and I understood how people would associate the photograph with photo editing. The photographer explained in her own terms that it is not photoshopped.  Here are her comments:

To all of you DOUBTING THOMAS’S out there who distrust the originality of this photograph: It is NOT Photoshopped. I was in the local communal lands looking for my lost Dalmatian dog, and I stopped to ask his mother if she had seen it. While I was talking to her, her son, who was playing with his siblings and friends nearby, caught my eye. I asked her if I could photograph him, and this is the first picture that I took of him – it was possibly his first interaction up close with a white person, and his fascination in me, or in the camera, is plainly evident. I took a few photos of him at the time, and a few more later on a follow-up. An ophthalmologist friend had this to say about his unusual eyes:

“The picture of the little boy with the blue eyes and dark skin probably represents Ocular Albinism or Nettleship-Falls albinism, or Juvenile uveitis. Both conditions cause the pigment of the iris to be less dense.”

Ms Brislow took another photo of this little boy and you can see where he was a little more relaxed and the resulting shot is evident of his new-found love of the camera.

Vanessa Brislow photo of the little boy in Africa

So I went to work to find out more of this unusual phenomenon as just today I ran across another photo of these beautiful eyes . Not sure who to credit for the work but  here  is the picture.

From Facebook

The word “albinism” refers to a group of inherited conditions. People with albinism have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin, or hair. They have inherited altered genes that do not make the usual amounts of a pigment called melanin. One person in 17,000 in the U.S.A. has some type of albinism. Albinism affects people from all races. Most children with albinism are born to parents who have normal hair and eye color for their ethnic backgrounds. Sometimes people do not recognize that they have albinism. A common myth is that people with albinism have red eyes. In fact there are different types of albinism and the amount of pigment in the eyes varies. Although some individuals with albinism have reddish or violet eyes, most have blue eyes. Some have hazel or brown eyes. However, all forms of albinism are associated with vision problems. Read more at the website: http://www.albinism.org/publications/what_is_albinism.html

This medical condition is real and it is reported to affect 1 in 60, 000 male born per year even lesser females. If you do the math there are a few people in the world with that condition. Whilst we are fascinated with the beautiful colors of the person’s eyes the fact is those that have it are going through living hell by people’s misconception. Like everything in the world those that are different are ridiculed from birth, sometimes ostracized by family members and friends and they come to accept a world that is harsh to their realties.  Let us hope this little boy gets to live a normal life or as close to normal  can be. For us that are now educated on the matter  spread the word  and educate one person at a time. More reading at the website below.

http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/ocular-albinism