Brewers’ Tyler Saladino hits two clutch grand slams in two games

first_imgThe most recent blast wasn’t cheap either, traveling 419 feet to center fieldCLUTCH— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 23, 2019While the Brewers used Saladino’s home run Sunday to fuel a comeback win, they wound up losing Monday.At least they know now who they can trust with the bases loaded and the game on the line. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial) Entering this week, Brewers infielder Tyler Saladino ranked high on the made-up list of MLB position players least likely to hit a game-tying or go-ahead grand slam. He might have been worthy of top 10 consideration.Now, though, we realize Saladino is a machine in those situations despite his measly .227 career batting average or 19 home runs in 319 games. He hit a game-tying grand slam Sunday against the Diamondbacks, then followed it up with another one to take the lead in the eighth inning Monday against the Reds.last_img read more

Briefs: Singletary first to interview for Chargers’ coaching job

first_imgThe NCAA football rules committee recommended going back to starting the clock on the snap after a change of possession instead of when the referee signals the ball ready for play. It also suggested starting the clock on kickoffs after the ball is touched by the receiving team rather than when it is kicked. BASKETBALL: Atlanta’s Joe Johnson was chosen by commissioner David Stern for the NBA’s East All-Star team as a replacement for New Jersey guard Jason Kidd, who will miss the game with a back injury. COLLEGES: The University of Oregon has turned to prominent booster Pat Kilkenny to serve as athletic director for the next two years. Kilkenny replaces Bill Moos, who in November announced plans to step down next month. SOCCER: The United States will play Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia in the first round of this summer’s Copa America, soccer’s championship of South America. The Americans, invited as a guest, are in Group C and open June 28 against Argentina in Maracaibo. The United States plays Paraguay on July 2 in Barinas and Colombia on July 5 in Barquisimeto, according to the draw. Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary interviewed with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday, less than 48 hours after they fired Marty Schottenheimer. Singletary, the San Francisco 49ers’ assistant head coach, was the first candidate to meet with team executives. He also interviewed for the head coaching jobs with Atlanta and Dallas. World Cup champion Italy ended Brazil’s 4 -year stay at the top of FIFA’s world soccer rankings, taking the No. 1 spot for the first time since 1993. The United States rose three places to 28th. WINTER SPORTS: Bode Miller is on the verge of being shut out for the second straight year at a major championship. Miller hit a gate with his head during an error-filled second run on new skis in the giant slalom at the World Championships in Are, Sweden, finishing 15th in a race won by Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal. HORSE RACING: Cobalt Blue , returning from a five-month layoff, won by a one length in the $53,000 feature at Santa Anita. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, the son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, is scheduled to interview with San Diego today. An NCAA committee has proposed rolling back some football rules that were enacted last season to shorten games after coaches complained the changes were unfair. last_img read more

Deconstructing Darwinese:  Delighting in Ignorance

first_imgWhen is ignorance a good thing?  When is confidence in one’s answers a bad thing?  One science writer expressed his desire for mystery over explanation – as long as the mysterious allowed room for lucky breaks without design.    Science writer Ben Shaberman got to share his views on the last page of the April 2007 issue of Sky and Telescope: “Knowledge can be enlightening, but so can mystery.”  He first described his rapture at hearing Adam Reiss speak about dark energy and multiverses.  Then he described those who disagree with the vision:Those who profess creationism or “intelligent design” think they have the answer to why things in the universe work out so well.  But for those seeking a scientific explanation, the anthropic principle offers another possibility.  It suggests that we simply got lucky: there have been a zillion Big Bangs, and the one that created our universe just happened to work out.  In other words, we hit the cosmic jackpot.  The idea has both its supporters and critics, and it’s utterly fascinating.Fascinating indeed.  Imagine winning the universal lottery without spending any money on tickets.  Ben went on to praise the glories of the unknown, the mysterious, the uncertain: “At a time when politicians and the media espouse so much certainty about virtually everything, it was refreshing to hear an intelligent and levelheaded guy acknowledge all the stuff that baffles us.”Darwinese is more than just a language foreign to the majority of people who live by common sense and know an intelligent cause when they see it.  No, Darwinese is a complete communication system that includes a set of protocols.  One requirement is the secret handshake.  This is the motion of sweeping away creationism with a wipe of the hand, and putting “intelligent design” in scare quotes.  In evolutionary parlance, it is taboo to actually consider the arguments of these dimwits.  The structure of Darwinese, as in 1984, actually inhibits formulating thoughts contrary to Darwinese protocol.  Whatever celebrates Darwinian ideas is goodthink; whatever attributes validity to intelligent design is crimethink.  The syntax and semantics force thoughts into naturalistic molds – except when Christian terms are borrowed temporarily to get around difficulties (e.g., 07/15/2005).    A second requirement is to reinforce the false dichotomy between design/creationist views and “scientific explanation.”  The word science must never be used in the same sentence with intelligent design.  It is a word reserved strictly for Darwinian materialists, even when the context appeals to mystery, the unknown and the unknowable.  Claiming to know the answer is design, and being able to prove it, spoils all the fun of remaining ignorant.  He said, “That hour-long lunch helped me appreciate the beauty of the mysterious world we live in.”    A third requirement in Darwinese is to pretend to be honestly curious and to demean certainty while actually maintaining a dogmatic position.  To prove that Shaberman is an accomplished Darwinese speaker, ask him if evolutionary theory itself is up for debate.  Imagine what would happen if an interlocutor were to argue that invocations to unknowable Big Bangs and multiverses constitutes a tacit appeal to the supernatural.  The Darwinese protocol in such instances is to chant Evolution is science!  Creation is religion! as long as necessary to get the interlocutor to leave.  News reporters watching on the sidelines will promptly report that the Darwinese speaker achieved a great victory against ignorance and superstition.    A feeling of awe and wonder at things too big to be understood does have its share of euphoria.  Mystery can spur one on to seek an explanation.  In that sense, it can be a good thing.  But mystery is not an end in itself, lest it become a mystery religion.  Shaberman just preached a little sermon for the Cult of Lady Luck, one of the denominations of Charlianity.  Darwin would be pleased to know that his doctrine of contingency has been extrapolated all the way back into prior worlds of the imagination.  This completes his systematic theology: ultimate origins, the present, and ultimate destiny.  He is gratified that his completed system produces such warm feelings in the hearts of his disciples.  Now that he controls the Ministry of Truth, having ruled all competing ideas out of bounds, he happily pays out his lottery winners in monopoly money.  Whatever keeps his devotees hooked enraptured in the realms of eternal ignorance is not too high a price to pay.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Free Animated Icon Set for Video Editors

first_imgThese moving icons are perfect for informative videos… and the best part is they’re free!If you edit a lot of work for businesses, then chances are you use animated icons from time to time. Icons can be a great way to make boring information fun… or at the very least, more entertaining. In order to help you with your motion graphics projects, we’ve created 20 free motion icons.20 Free IconsThis free pack includes 20 hand-made icons, designed to be easily dragged and dropped into your video. Here’s a quick demo of the icons in action:Demo music “Trap to the Future” available for license on PremiumBeat.The icons are all pre-rendered footage, meaning they’ll work in any video editing or motion graphic software. The icons were all created in After Effects and you’ll see the project file included in the download.Using the Free Icon SetTo use the icons, simply drag and drop them into your NLE of choice. The icons all include alpha channels, meaning their background will be transparent. Depending on the duration needed for your video, you can change the speed by simply time remapping or cutting out the clips. All of the clips are white by default, but their color can be easily changed if you simply use a quick fill effect.Here’s a link to download the video editing assets. Simply click the button below and unzip the file. Inside you’ll see a folder with the icons footage, the After Effects project file, and a ‘Read Me’ document.DOWNLOAD FREE ANIMATED ICON SETYou’re free to use the icons on any project, we just ask that you don’t distribute the icons in any way.  If you want even more icons, I recommend checking out the ‘Free Circle Bursts’ freebie over on RocketStock.Have any tips for using icons on projects? Share in the comments below!last_img read more