Steve Mariucci was surprised by the Raiders’ trade of Amari Cooper and here’s why

first_imgCount Steve Mariucci among those who were surprised when the Raiders traded receiver Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.“I didn’t think the Raiders, when I heard rumors about this, were going to get a No. 1 pick, I really didn’t,” Mariucci said Monday appearing on 95.7 The Game. “And the way Dallas is playing, that first-round pick is going to be relatively early, or at least in the middle of the first round. So that’s a win for the Raiders.”We know from Mariucci’s time as head …last_img read more

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The Power of Props and How to Make Your Own

first_imgMovie props are an often overlooked item, but they are essential to your film’s storytelling. Check out some great movie props, and learn to make your own with these resources.Top Image via TestedTo get an idea on the importance of movie props, check out this great video from Rishi Kaneria. Take a look at the hidden power of props and how filmmakers use everyday objects to keep the audience invested in the story.Movie props don’t have to be expensive. You can use everyday objects. Even major motion pictures use objects that are just lying around.You can even use some of the camera gear you have lying around. It looked great in Aliens, when the crew used steadicam arms for smart guns. It can also look not so great, like turning an old camera into a heatseeking missile launcher in xXx. Check out this video from Watch Mojo which features some great simple props.If you are interested in making your own props, there are some amazing resources out there.The Replica Prop ForumThe Replica Prop Forum, commonly called the RPF, is an absolutely fantastic resource. Members share their building techniques on how they made some of their favorite movie props. The benefit on learning how to make famous props is the experience of crafting intricate items out of everyday objects.Not only do members talk about the props they made, but also costumes, makeup, and some special effects.  An active member of the RPF is Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame, which leads us to our next site.TestedTested is a great site for all sorts of awesome news. The site was founded by the Mythbusters crew, who show you all sorts of things. They talk about making props, new exciting camera gear and drones, and all sorts of awesome geek and nerd news.One of their most popular tutorials of all time will help you get ready for Star Wars: Episode VII. Check out this tutorial on casting your own lightsaber. AWE Me DIY Prop ShopThe AWE Me DIY Prop Shop YouTube channel is a great simple low budget DIY resource. These DIY props aren’t supposed to be movie accurate, rather just great looking tributes. They’ve already made tons of iconic pieces from all sorts of movies. Be sure to check out their great videos.last_img read more

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Madhya Pradesh tehsildars go on three-day mass leave

first_imgDays after patwaris struck work for three days in Madhya Pradesh, tehsildars across the State have gone on mass leave for the same duration starting Thursday demanding pending promotions, better wages and sufficient computers in offices. Tehsildars, under the banner of the Madhya Pradesh Revenue Officers Union, sat on dharnas in 52 districts of the State on Wednesday and Thursday. “To call it a strike won’t be appropriate. We have gone on mass leave for three days. We’ll meet the Chief Minister, and if he doesn’t accept our demands, will go on strike,” said Jitendra Tiwari, executive president of the union. The government must clear pending promotions it had withheld for a while now, he said. “Moreover, salaries of tehsildars and naib tehsildars are too less and need to be increased according to Grade A norms,” he added. Both patwaris and tehsildars had a major role to play in flood estimation, extending relief to farmers and distributing aid. Preliminary estimates pegged damage at more than ₹16,000 crore. And recently, Chief Minister Kamal Nath called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting an immediate aid of ₹9,000 crore and a resurvey by a Central team. ‘Major role’“We have a major role in flood damage estimation and that’s why we pushed this agitation back. The estimation process is almost complete,” clarified Mr. Tiwari. The government was ensuring no work was affected due to the mass leave, Manish Rastogi, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, told The Hindu.“Even when the patwaris went on strike, the relief work wasn’t affected as most of it had been completed before it,” he said. “Obviously, the overall progress was affected, but relief was still given to farmers.” Patwari thawPatwaris called off their strike last Sunday after meeting Revenue Minister Govind Singh Rajput. Earlier, Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari had called patwaris corrupt, which had led to the agitation demanding a public apology from him. This had spooked both farmers and the government alike, triggering fears that the strike may hobble the relief process.last_img read more

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