Fuut Desk Foot Rest is a Hammock for Your Feet

Fuut Desk Foot Rest


Legs stretched out, crossed, or the number-four–which among these is your preferred sitting position? You might find yourself switching from one position to the another as you try to get comfortable. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t–and when it doesn’t, then that’s when the Fuut Desk Foot Rest will come in handy.

Think of it as a hammock for your feet, since it already looks the part. Just attach the strings to the side of your desk tot stretch it out, and voila! It’s ready to use.

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The ropes serve another purpose aside from being what you’ll use to fasten the foot rest securely: you can adjust their lengths to move the Fuut to a higher or lower position, depending on how you feel like resting your feet.

It’s available online for $30.

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Women are humans too – and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be bishops

For far too long, in too many spheres, women are told that their exclusion from positions of authority is simply a mark of their “difference”.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, hold a press conference after the General Synod vote on women bishops. Photo: Getty
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, Justin Welby and John Sentamu, hold a press conference after the General Synod vote on women bishops. Photo: Getty

I’ve just witnessed a self-described radical feminist describing how God “created men and women equal – and different”. Speaking to Jon Snow on Channel 4 News, General Synod member Susie Leafe is expressing her dismay at the news that the Church of England has voted in favour of having women bishops:

What I’ve seen in society, and in the church over the past 20 years, is that when women try to take on roles that have been given to men, what we see is men disappearing and women’s roles being underestimated, undervalued. […] I’m all for women taking their places as CEOs of companies, […] I think it’s really important that women use their skills and abilities, but the church isn’t a job, it isn’t a role, it’s a family […] I’d hate to think that any girl who is born in England today thinks that she has to become some high-flying something in order to be valuable in God’s eyes.

On the face of it, it’s an attractive argument, one that’s used not just in theological debates but in discussions on childcare, politics and relationships. It taps into the feminist urge to re-evaluate what it is that women do and to say, not that women should be doing what men do, but that women’s work should be valued more. I’m sympathetic to that, truly I am, but I’m conscious that it’s also a trap. The point is not that what men do is more valuable; it is that the distinctions between what men and women do, and why, are not arbitrary. Women do not have to feel pressured to be “some high-flying something” to know that right now, they are simply seen as less. Presenting men in authority roles as carrying out some great male calling is all very well, but take away the leap of faith – which I will neither challenge nor buy – and we’re left with the same excuses as before. 

I am not a member of the General Synod. I’m not even a believer, but I am a woman and I am a feminist. We all have an investment in how women are perceived in the world around us. We do not live separate lives in hermetically sealed bubbles. One person’s misogyny, no matter how sincerely felt, and regardless of how it is justified, harms the dignity of all women. Writing on pornography, Andrea Dworkin – a radical feminist who didn’t have much time for weasel words about difference – argued that “the people who think that woman hating is very bad some places, but it's all right in pornography because pornography causes orgasm, are not feminists”. As a non-believer, I know it’s easy for me to translate that into woman hating not being all right in religion because it grants you salvation, but I think it’s true. And when there are people who believe that “men must never be taught by women”, I can’t see it as anything other than a fundamental belief that women are inferior.

For far too long, in too many spheres, women are told that their exclusion from positions of authority is simply a mark of their “difference”. That we are surrounded by evidence of the impact this supposedly neutral “difference” has on women’s lives – we are poorer, we have less freedom of movement, we’re less likely to have a say in the policies that shape our lives, our experiences are always positioned as “other” – is meant to be something we just accept. Nonetheless, saying women and men are essentially different but have equal “roles” is just sexism marketing speech. We all know this. We might tell ourselves otherwise because it makes us feel better but does anyone really believe women were born to be paid less, heard less, understood less, included less than men? And yet that’s what we’ve come to expect because changing things would mean changing the entire world, not because women have special woman-powers that haven’t yet been tapped into, but because we still see the default person as male. To suddenly realise that every single person you meet is just as human and just as entitled to take up time and space can be disorientating.

Women need to be visible. Not colourful, nurturing, motherly, spreading their women’s touch around those dull, dusty spaces that men alone have occupied for far too long. Women just need to be there, in plain sight, as equal human beings with talents that are unique to them (“oh, but not the same! Let’s make sure no one thinks women are the same!” says that nagging, separate-but-equal voice, frogmarching all men and all women into two rigidly differentiated camps in the name of “diversity”).

I want to see women having authority over men, not as part of some shoulder-padded aspirational feminist project. I want men to see women in the way women see men, and for women to see themselves as men see themselves: as real, solid, diverse, complete, as close to and as capable of representing whatever higher power any of us might believe in. We are not hollow vessels, waiting to soak up the teachings that only men can transmit, whether it be through theology or politics or porn. Freedom of conscience is one thing – no one should ever police what goes on inside an individual’s own head – but the fundamental humanity of women should never be up for public debate.

San Francisco Giants Trade Deadline Big Board: Ranking the Top Targets

It's about that time of the year again.

The rumors start swirling, the general managers start pulling the all-nighters and the suitcases begin to get packed. 

The trade deadline is upon us. 

For the San Francisco Giants, it will definitely be an interesting 16 days until July 31. We will have to wait and see if Brian Sabean will make some trades and add some reinforcements to his scuffling squad.

Let's take a look at the top targets the Giants should consider trading for.

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Retracing Dee Gordon’s Rise from Bust to All-Star

A year ago, the jury was still out on Dee Gordon.

He had the potential to be a standout major league player, but his inconsistency at the plate and in the field overshadowed his dazzling speed on the basepaths.

It’s only taken half a season of deliberation for the jury to reach the unanimous verdict that the Dodgers second baseman is the real deal—the jury being those who deemed Gordon worthy of going to his first All-Star Game this season.

"It was an amazing feeling, just where I came from," Gordon told reporters, per the Los Angeles Times. “I almost cried when Donnie told me.”

In a sport where so many fizzle out at the top, Gordon has defied the odds and flipped his downward trend on its head. The result is a performance that has yielded reward and hype for the future for the once highly touted LA prospect.

“It didn't come easy for him. He had to change positions. I think everybody, during spring training, expected him to fall on his face,” pitcher Josh Beckett said. “This is the reward."

While Gordon has finally arrived, it hasn’t been a seamless journey. It’s featured uncertainty, five trips down to the minors, a position change and hours in the gym in the offseason.

In plain terms, hard work and perseverance.

Here’s a look back at the speedy second baseman’s voyage from mediocrity to being an All-Star selection.

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2014 Home Run Derby Results: Convoluted Structure Still Led to Deserving Winner

To be honest, I'm not sure how Yoenis Cespedes won the 2014 Home Run Derby, but he was clearly the best on the night, so it all worked out in the end.

In an effort to try to make the Home Run Derby more interesting and draw in more fans, Major League Baseball opted for a league-based bracket structure. You wouldn't think that guys hitting a baseball over a fence could become unbelievably confusing, but MLB made it happen.

Trying to explain it all would be akin to Kenny Mayne and Dan Patrick breaking down the Denslow Cup.

All you need to know is Cespedes beat Todd Frazier in the final after what felt like an eternity, and most fans would agree that justice was done. It would've been regressive to introduce this entirely new format and then watch somebody back into the Derby title.

Look at this stat, courtesy of ESPN's Jayson Stark. No offense to Frazier, but he had no business winning on Monday night:

That was a disaster averted for the Home Run Derby. Jose Bautista couldn't get so lucky.

He hit 10 home runs in the first round, but since he had a bye in the second round, he didn't get to bat again until much later in the competition, by which time he was extremely rusty. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the wait was nearly two hours long:

Cespedes beat Bautista, 7-4, in the third round and subsequently knocked off Frazier. You can see the full results below.

The Home Run Derby is largely irrelevant in a player's overall legacy. Nobody lists the number of Derby wins on somebody's Hall of Fame resume.

What the event can do is make fans truly appreciate a facet of a hitter's game they might not have known existed.

In his two full seasons in the majors, the Oakland A's star hasn't hit more than 26 home runs. He's not what you'd judge strictly a slugger; however, he is the kind of hitter who excels in the Home Run Derby. Cespedes has prodigious power that allows him to hit the ball out of the yard almost on command.

Consider that he's the first player to repeat in the Home Run Derby in over a decade, per MLB:

Not a man of many words, he said after going back to back, "It was something I wanted to accomplish," per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.

Some fans might not be too hot on the Derby, but it's at least allowed Cespedes to receive the credit he so richly deserves.

The 28-year-old suffers from two problems in terms of getting proper recognition: He plays on the West Coast, and more importantly, he plays for the Oakland Athletics. He's basically a slightly lesser version of Yasiel Puig if Puig played 300-plus miles north.

Puig certainly isn't suffering from a lack of attention.

The biggest star in Oakland has always been general manager Billy Beane, and as a result, most of the players go unappreciated. The A's offense has been out of its mind this year, yet the more casual baseball fans either don't care or don't have a clue.

If Monday's labyrinthine Home Run Derby was a chance for one of Oakland's best players to get a little publicity, then it was worth all of the hassle.

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MLB Celebrity Softball Game 2014: Winners, Twitter Reaction and Highlights

The 2014 MLB celebrity softball game, which aired after Monday's Home Run Derby, had something for everybody in the NL's 14-4 win over the AL.

Each year, this game is full of notable figures from television, sports, movies and music. The intriguing interaction between all of the personalities involved always seems to deliver plenty of highlights.

This year was no different, as the star-studded cast left a big impression on many people around the Web.

Some of the celebrities involved in the annual softball game have spent a little bit of time on a baseball diamond before. Former MLB great Jim Thome is certainly in that category.

Known for some big home runs during his playing days, he continued the trend when he found himself at the plate once more. Here's a look at an absolutely demolished home run, courtesy of MLB Fan Cave:

We all remember what happened the last time rapper Nelly took the baseball field, right?

Well, just in case a refresher is in order, here's a glance back in time:

That wasn't too pretty.

As it turns out, all Nelly needed was a little pep talk. Who better than to give him one than MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith?

Take a look at Smith's high praise, via MLB's post on Twitter:

Those words appeared to do wonders for Nelly, as he took the plate shortly after and delivered a home run.

The All-Star Game's official Twitter account broke down the rapper's deep-ball swing:

Unfortunately, the game wasn't kind to all of its participants.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is known for his prowess on the football field. After all, he did rush for an improbable 2,097 yards back in 2012.

Let's just say he picked the right sport.

Here's a look at a not-so-great attempt from the plate, as he's just a bit behind with his swing, courtesy of Minnesota Twins team photographer Brace Hemmelgarn:

Apparently, Peterson could have spent a little more time with Thome prior to the game:

Although, that can't be blamed entirely on AP. He was up against former softball pitcher and Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch.

Here's a good look at Finch dealing:

Then again, according to a tweet from Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, perhaps Peterson had it coming:

Fat Joe was also participating in the action, and according to a couple tweets, he may have not been entirely graceful running the bases. Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise got a hold of one, which sent Joe rounding second.

Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press gave his impression:

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com chimed in as well:

It was an action-packed event and a reminder that swinging a bat isn't as easy as it may appear. Just ask AP.

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Yoenis Cespedes’ Home Run Derby Display Shows He Performs Best on the Big Stage

When the lights shine brightest, Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes stars. In the aftermath of a second consecutive Home Run Derby crown, it's becoming abundantly clear that the 28-year-old has a flair for the dramatic. 

On Monday night, Cespedes stole the show once again.

A year after taking home the crown at Citi Field, the All-Star put on a show in the final round to hold off Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier. In total, Cespedes hit 30 homers in the competition at Target Field, putting him in rare company among stars who have thrived in back-to-back seasons.

Amazingly, despite only two trips to the derby and three total years in the majors, Cespedes is now sixth all-time in derby blasts. The names ahead of him consist of some of the most well-known sluggers in recent baseball history: David Ortiz, Ken Griffey Jr., Prince Fielder, Jason Giambi and Sammy Sosa.

As a whole, the 2014 event was, well, underwhelming. Due to format changes and a rain delay, the night was robbed of momentum for both fans and participants. Despite showing off light-tower power early in the battle, Miami Marlins outfield Giancarlo Stanton was frozen by the time the lights turned back on for him. 

While Stanton and the other participants struggled at times, Cespedes soared. Although the Cuban import has been a solid, if not spectacular offensive player since arriving to the majors in 2012, the midsummer homer fest is truly where he has put his talent on display and game on the map. 

Across 354 regular-season games, Cespedes has hit 63 homers and slugged .465. Over the last two Home Run Derby contests, he's hit 62 homers. Although the comparison isn't totally fair, it speaks to how much different Cespedes can be when the cameras are truly watching. 

Last year, Cespedes delivered a telling quote to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark in the aftermath of the victory. When asked about pressure or living up to expectations, he cited the culture and fan passion in his home country of Cuba.

"Before I came, they asked me if I was going to be nervous because I would be participating in front of possibly 50,000 people," Cespedes said. "But when I was in Cuba, I participated in five Home Run Derbies. It wasn't 50,000 people, but it was 30,000 or 32,000. And I wasn't nervous."

Home Run Derby victories, despite the prime-time billing, truly profile as nothing more than glorified batting practice. In order to become a superstar in the majors, day-to-day excellence is needed from the Athletics' gifted specimen. 

That was on display when Cespedes' eye-opening and buzzworthy throw from the outfield earlier this season became one of the highlights of the year. Amazingly, earlier in the play, Cespedes actually had a defensive miscue, but he recovered enough to make a highlight-reel play out of thin air. 

With the actual season well past the halfway mark, it's clear that Oakland is heading toward meaningful September baseball and likely a third straight trip to October.

If that occurs, Cespedes can look to add to an outstanding career postseason ledger. Over the last two American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, Cespedes has posted a .350/.395/.525 slash line and racked up 21 total bases in 10 games.

During the broadcast, Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson spoke about how Cespedes loves to perform when people are watching. Unfortunately, that wish isn't granted on a night-to-night basis in Oakland's O.co Coliseum. Despite a gaudy 59-36 record, the A's rank just 23rd in average attendance, per ESPN.

That, along with television and media exposure, is about to change for this group in Oakland. If a magical season commences for the AL West leaders, fans will flock to the park to watch a team compete for a title and tune in around the country. 

As media descend on Oakland, expect Cespedes to be there to stand up to the challenge, exude a flair for the dramatic and do what he seems to do best: play better when all eyes are on him.


Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.comFanGraphs and ESPN, unless otherwise noted. 

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Yeti Hopper Cooler Keeps Your Drinks Cold For Days


It seems the time is ripe for coolers to receive an update. After the furore caused by last week’s announcement of the Coolest Cooler, it’s only fitting to see news about yet another kind of innovative drink-chiling container. The Yeti Hopper Cooler is a waterproof bag with a 1 inch insulation throughout. It holds a massive 5.2 gallons of anything, which in theory is supposed to be a healthy mixture of loose ice and beverages. The zipper is watertight, which means you can toss it around and not worry about contents spilling out. And the claims are that the insulation is efficient enough to keep things cold for days. Whether that’s true or a marketing stretch on the word “days”, we don’t know. We can tell you that it’ll be available in October for $300, which is a hefty price to pay for something like this. Still, we haven’t come across many shoulder-mounted 5.2 gallon cooler bags, so you might be limited in your options if this is something you really want.



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2014 Home Run Derby Results: Yoenis Cespedes Makes History in Impressive Win

It was a brand-new format for the 2014 Home Run Derby, but it was Yoenis Cespedes who was making the history.

Fox Sports Live and ESPN Stats & Info pointed out just how the Oakland Athletics outfielder joined the record books with his impressive victory Monday:

Here is a look at the full results of the event from each round:

It was something of an anticlimactic final though, as Cespedes blasted nine home runs, while Todd Frazier only managed one. Still, that shouldn’t take away from Cespedes’ overall performance in that last round, which actually added to the historical element of the event, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

It is no wonder then that Cespedes took home the trophy, given the focus he displayed heading into that championship round against Frazier. He took the time to point out to his Twitter followers that he was ready, and he even impressed ESPN college football announcer Kirk Herbstreit along the way:

Before meeting in the final round, Cespedes and Frazier had to win their own league finals in the third round. Cespedes knocked out Jose Bautista 7-4, while Frazier squeaked past Giancarlo Stanton 1-0. It was Bautista who hit the most home runs in the first round for the American League with 10, while Stanton blasted six of his own on the National League side.

Interestingly enough, Cespedes needed a tiebreaker against teammate Josh Donaldson just to reach the second round. All he did was win that and eventually capture the entire tournament. 

Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press pointed out just what Cespedes received for his efforts:

In perfect world, at least from Oakland’s perspective, Cespedes got more than just a bunch of razors Monday.

The Athletics are arguably the best team in baseball and certainly have their mind on a pennant chase in the season’s second half. Cespedes displayed his raw power Monday, which may just give him a boost of confidence. He does have 14 home runs and 56 RBI, but he is only hitting .246 with a .299 on-base percentage.

Manager Bob Melvin certainly had the big picture in mind before the event began, via Matt Kawahara of The Sacramento Bee:

It was so entertaining last year and whenever you get an opportunity to do that as a player, I certainly understand that. At the end of the day, it is a very entertaining event, and the fact that he won it last year gave us a little more exposure, probably a good thing. You just hope nobody gets hurt.

Now that Cespedes has that win under his belt, he can focus on using that power in the actual games. If he just raises that average a bit more and drills some homers to go along with it, the middle of the Oakland lineup will be intimidating. 

It certainly was when Cespedes was setting history Monday night.


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PyroPet Candle Melts Away To Reveal Skeleton


Run-of-the-mill candles are a snorefest in our book, so we’re kind of happy to report on the PyroPet Candle. Initially it looks like a 3D rendering of a cat made in a computer in 1999, back when “omg look at all the polygons” was the rage. But then as the wax melts, it reveals a creepy little metal skeleton. It’s kind of neat, but at £35 (roughly $60), it’s also kind of very expensive. Sure, it’ll burn for 20 hours and makes a great present and all that… but $60 for a candle is kind of a lot to stomach.


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Deal Of The Day: Name Your Own Price ‘Learn How To Code’ Bundle

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Knowledge and education are probably the most precious “things” you can acquire. So when you get a chance to pay whatever you want for this, it would be foolish to pass it up. Today you’re looking at a bundle of 8 courses that can teach you how to code.

In this bundle you’ll get lifetime access to 8 actionable online courses, 826 total lectures, and more than 80 hours of content that will have you coding like a pro in no time. It’s the perfect tool to brush up on old skills or learn to code from scratch.

Sample courses include Creating Responsive Web Design, Build a Website from Scratch with HTML & CSS, and Web Programming with Python. What’s even better is that 10% of the amount you choose to pay will go to charity, and while the average price is currently $14.92, you’re still getting a value of $892!

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Yoenis Cespedes 1st to Win Consecutive Home Run Derbies Since Ken Griffey Jr.

Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is known for his power, but it's one thing to produce on a big stage when knocking it out of the park is the only objective.

As a major attraction of the All-Star festivities at Minneapolis' Target Field on Monday, Cespedes was undaunted under the bright lights, winning the MLB Home Run Derby for the second year in a row.

In case you missed it, here's a look at the eye-popping display in the final, courtesy of MLB.com:

Here's a look at each of the 30 homers Cespedes tallied on Monday, per MLB.com:

Cespedes became the first and only other back-to-back winner since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and 1999, per SportsCenter:

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted how Cespedes swatted 30 total home runs in the Derby, which featured a tense battle just to get out of the opening round:

It just seemed that Cespedes kept building momentum as the evening progressed, improbably gaining pop in his bat as the rounds went by. By the time he faced Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier in the final, the outcome may as well have been in the bag, per ESPN Stats & Info:

The A's All-Star crushed nine homers in the final round, with his seventh on a staggering trajectory:

And let's just stick with ESPN Stats & Info to highlight just how impressive Cespedes has been in the past two years, much to the delight of baseball fans everywhere:

The format may be called into question, since Frazier made the finals with just 10 home runs to Cespedes' 21, but ESPN's Jayson Stark was in awe of Cespedes' performance:

Cespedes himself warned his fellow competitors that he wasn't going to go down without a fight:

That proclamation proved prophetic in the end. No one could boast the stamina and sheer firepower Cespedes displayed, relentless in his assault and lapping elite-level competition.

This showcase should indeed go down in All-Star history as one of the best ever. Cespedes has tended to strike out often in his young MLB career, yet he obviously has the potential to produce for Oakland at even bigger levels for years to come. If Cespedes can become more disciplined at the dish, there's no telling what he could do moving forward.

Should the A's maintain their momentum, remain the best team in baseball and advance deep into the playoffs, don't discount Cespedes when he steps to the plate in a pivotal situation. He seems to rise to the occasion when it matters most. Sometimes those moments can be lost in translation amid a 162-game regular season, but Cespedes flashed his talents to the world in a big way on Monday night.

Could he pull off an unprecedented three-peat? It's still too early to speculate on next year's Derby, though installing anyone but Cespedes as the favorite would seem unfitting given his impeccable resume.

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Atlanta Braves’ Trade Deadline Big Board: Ranking the Top Targets

It is becoming harder and harder to differentiate between buyers and sellers at the trade deadline in Major League Baseball. Through early July, everyone assumed the likes of Boston and Tampa Bay would be ditching assets left and right.

However, at the All-Star break, neither sits more than 9.5 games out of first place, making the AL East the tightest division in baseball from top to bottom. The Rays have won 13 of their past 18 ballgames, which is an arbitrary sample size, but it speaks to the mini-run Tampa Bay has been on recently.

The AL East standings may not matter to Atlanta Braves fans, but they should. The fact that the entire division is within striking distance of the top spot means losing teams may be less inclined to deal away anything by the trade deadline. They may instead be looking to add pieces.

Whereas starters like Jon Lester and David Price seemed assured of moving on just a couple weeks ago, moving either guy now seems like a questionable proposition. The same goes for pieces Atlanta has been eyeing, like utility bat Ben Zobrist or lefty reliever Andrew Miller.

The Braves should still be looking to add such players, as it would certainly help their quest to win the NL East. However, a trading partner's reluctance to part with an asset has to factor into how heavily Atlanta should pursue said asset.

With that playing a part in the Braves' trade deadline shopping list, here is a list of who Atlanta's top targets should be. Also factoring into the rankings are salary considerations, flexibility and, of course, need.

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This Pan Uses Rocket Tech To Be More Efficient


‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ goes the saying. But sometimes things are more broken than we realize, and this much is true of conventional saucepans. When you’re heating stuff in a conventional pot, the heat partially transfers to the liquids through the bottom, but the rest is lost up the sides. Oxford engineering Professor Dr. Thomas Povey and his team of master’s students thought there should be a more efficient way to transfer this heat, and the Flare Pans using FIN-X Technology are the result of their efforts. The fins make for a more even distribution of heat and actually reduce the amount of energy needed to achieve temperature parity by 44%. This is clearly seen with thermal imaging equipment.

So while you may not impress your guests with your cooking skills, at least you can “entertain” them with your tales of efficient thermodynamics. The Flare line of cookware will be sold starting next month through retailer Lakeland, with prices starting at £49.99 ($85 roughly) for a frying pan. Efficiency, apparently, isn’t cheap.


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MLB Home Run Derby 2014 Results: Winner, Twitter Reaction and Highlights

Last year, Yoenis Cespedes put the nation on notice about his unbelievable power. This year, he made history. 

Under the Home Run Derby's new bracket-style format, the Oakland Athletics star finished third in the American League in the first round, but proceeded to beat Adam Jones in the quarterfinals, Jose Bautista in the semifinals and Todd Frazier in the final to once again crown himself as the home-run champ. 

ESPN Stats & Info put a historical spin on the win:

Here's a look at the complete results from Target Field:

After rain delayed the start of the Derby by about an hour, it took the hitters a while to warm up. Frazier got things started with two home runs, hometown favorite Brian Dozier followed it up with a pair of his own and NL captain Troy Tulowitzki finished with just four. 

The early winner, as SportsCenter showed, was Mother Nature: 

But then Jose Bautista stepped to the plate. 

Joey Bats woke up the Target Field audience with 10 home runs, including a 428-foot shot that was enough to impress one of the best hitters on the planet: 

Bautista's performance had the place amped up for Yasiel Puig, the most anticipated hitter in the contest. Naturally, the 23-year-old phenom, who hasn't stopped surprising people since he entered the league a year ago, responded with a big fat goose egg. 

Ryan Nanni and Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson offered up some potential explanations for the lack of bat flips from the polarizing star: 

Fortunately, while many thought Puig was going to carry this year's Derby, there were always two main candidates for that particular job. The other was Giancarlo Stanton. 

"I don't want to know how many Giancarlo's going to hit," said Stanton's former manager Ozzie Guillen before the Derby, via MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. "I want to know how far he's going to hit them."

As it turns out, really far. 

Following Adam Jones, who hit four, Stanton launched bomb after bomb into left and center field, finishing the first round with six massive blasts. His last, which went a projected 510 feet, looked like he was swinging a Redwood. 

Justin Morneau and Cespedes had the unfortunate act of following that show, finishing with two and three, respectively, to set up two swing-offs. Frazier eliminated Morneau, while Cespedes knocked out his teammate, Donaldson, to complete the first round. 

The swing-offs seemed to work pretty well for both parties once they hit the bracket format, as Frazier hit six to beat Tulowitzki, and Cespedes was absolutely locked in with nine huge blasts to easily eliminate Jones. 

He took to Twitter to celebrate: 

Showtime, indeed:

Back in the National League, Frazier ran out of gas in the semifinals, hitting just one home run. Of course, there's no way that would be enough in a head-to-head battle against Stanton, who put on a spectacle in the first round...

Wait, what? 

Yep. The bracket format kept Stanton out of the batter's box for at least an hour, and he simply wasn't able to find his rhythm. While it was great news for Frazier, it wasn't exactly good for anyone attempting to stay awake: 

Fortunately, Cespedes once again injected some energy back into the stadium. He launched seven homers in the AL semifinal, including a mesmerizing 447-foot shot, to knock off Bautista, and he continued the unbelievable show in the final against Frazier. 

Here's a look at the incredible final display, courtesy of MLB.com:

Below you can watch all 30 of Cespedes' homers from Monday night, per MLB.com:

The Athletics' musclebound star unleashed an all-out assault on the baseball, crushing nine more moonshots. None of them were even close: 

Frazier fizzled out with another round of just one home run, leaving Cespedes as the deserved champ after an extraordinary night. 

Overall, there were some memorable moments from this year's Derby, especially from Cespedes and Stanton, but in the end, the rule changes just didn't help. The contest still felt way too drawn out, and the supposed advantage of winning the first round turned into just the opposite. 

If there is a way to save the once ultra-popular competition, MLB is going to have to continue to tweak the format. 

For now, though, none of that matters to Cespedes, who can celebrate as the league's home run champion for the second consecutive year. No matter how you feel about the Derby, that's an impressive feat considering the talent around him. 

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10 Blockbuster Deals Red Sox GM Should Be Proposing

On August 25, 2012, the Boston Red Sox stunned the baseball world by shipping out players Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a massive salary-clearing move that rebooted the Red Sox franchise and led to a World Series the next season.

The deal continues to bear fruit for the Red Sox, even as three of the five players sent back to Boston are no longer with the team. It was all about the two pitching prospects Los Angeles sent: Rubby de la Rosa and Allen Webster. De La Rosa is now a member of the Red Sox rotation and has a 2.89 ERA in six starts, while Webster has a 3.05 ERA in 20 games for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox.

What blockbuster deals could GM Ben Cherington pursue to put another World Series ring on his finger?

At 43-52 entering the All-Star break, Cherington is in an interesting position. He could go for it in a wide-open AL East race. While the club is 9.5 games out of first place, the team has started to play better recently with more energy and having won four of the last five games.

Or Boston could throw in the towel and focus all its energies on the future, dealing away would-be free agents in an attempt to put the Red Sox on strong footing to contend in 2015 and beyond.

With quality veterans and a farm system teeming with prospects, the chips are there for the Red Sox to make some blockbuster trades. Let's look at some possibilities.


Note: These proposals are more concerned with the logic from the Red Sox's side and what the acquisition cost would be in the trades and less so with the logic from the opposing team's side in trading suggested players. We're discussing what deals the Red Sox GM should be proposing, not what necessarily gets executed.

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Chase Utley Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Phillies Star

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is gearing up for the All-Star Game. Even though he's having a stellar season as the only All-Star from the only club he's played for in his MLB career, Utley may be susceptible to a trade.

According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, Philadelphia is mulling an overhaul that could include sending Utley, 35, out of town in favor of more youth and developmental players:

The Phillies, who are operating under the organizational mantra of "we’ve got to get younger," would rather build around [Cole] Hamels than deal him, but if they do they can’t reap the rewards of the likely three good young players they’d get in return.  Their longtime shortstop/second base combination of Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley aren’t willing to move anywhere. Both could probably net some minor league depth, particularly Utley, who is coveted.

The outside interest in Utley seems to be driving the Phillies' consideration to trade him more than anything. Even at this advanced stage of his career, he is still producing well enough to be an All-Star starter. Utley is batting .293 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 2014.

That could be attractive enough to entice a true World Series contender to sacrifice assets in exchange for a shot at the Commissioner's Trophy this autumn. Since Utley already won a World Series in Philadelphia in 2008, he has championship experience and would have a more realistic shot to win a second Fall Classic elsewhere.

But Utley said he wants to remain with the Phillies, per a Monday report by Philly.com's Ryan Lawrence:

I haven’t ever envisioned leaving Philadelphia, honestly. I feel like I’m wanted in Philly. I feel like the fans appreciate the way I play. I feel like the front office appreciates the way I play. And I appreciate their support over the years. I don’t plan on going anywhere, but, again, if someone comes up to me and says you’re no longer wanted in Philly, then I’ll have to change my tune.

Although his contract is just two years guaranteed, there are vesting options based on certain incentives that could see Utley play out four additional seasons with the organization. Utley also has a full no-trade clause as part of the deal, which will make it more difficult for the Phillies to move him.

Utley is also immensely popular, as Calkins Media's Kevin Cooney can attest to:

Based on the direction Philadelphia is headed, though, even the previous, apparent long-term commitment to see Utley never wear another uniform may run its course prematurely.

The Phillies are languishing in last place in the National League East. Barring an unforeseen turnaround, not even Utley's best efforts are likely to get them back into the postseason chase. One problem is that Philadelphia would lose a big bat in its already struggling lineup, which is 25th in runs scored this season.

Then there are the sentimental implications of sending Utley packing. The beloved ballplayer would be missed by Phillies fans, and it would be difficult to sell the new direction of the team—unless Philadelphia gets absolutely enormous compensation in return.

Utley's recent reassurance suggests that he is staying put, but this rumor will persist until the non-waiver MLB trade deadline arrives and passes on July 31.

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Starlin Castro Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Cubs Star

To deal or not to deal seems to be the question the Chicago Cubs face with Starlin Castro.

Castro, 24, has been the subject of trade rumors for quite some time now, despite yet another quality season from him at the plate. Provided the Cubs are once again cellar-dwellers, though, it makes sense that any and all players come up in rumors.

Especially when Chicago's front office makes things worse by acquiring 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, a shortstop at 20 years of age who is one of the most coveted at his position among all prospects. He joined on via the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland, per ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers.

Of course, the Cubs sound like they have little interest in moving Castro, as illustrated by Newsday's David Lennon:

Holding on to Castro still makes loads of sense. He's due $5.8 million this year, a number that escalates by $1 million each season through 2019, per Spotrac. His career numbers, while a small sample size, are great:

But what about the other moving pieces, of which there are plenty? As Lennon muses, Castro could very much move to third base next season to make room for Russell.

One problem: The Cubs also have one of the best prospects in the country at third base in Kris Bryant, although he could very well still be a candidate to play in the outfield.

For his part, Castro seems content with the Cubs no matter where he has to play and is especially fond of fellow young star Anthony Rizzo.

"It's real good for us, especially since we both had a down year last year," Castro told CBS Sports' Matt Snyder. "I love being here with Anthony. He's a great teammate and a great person. We do things together a lot, hang out a lot and it's going to be good to be his teammate for a long time."

If all of the above sounds like the Cubs have a good problem, that's because they do. Castro is another young piece the front office is using to build for the future, although the allure of a trade certainly has to be strong.

Stay tuned.


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Giancarlo Stanton’s Third-Deck Home Run at 2014 Home Run Derby Wows Everyone

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was the slugger who everyone wanted to see at the 2014 MLB Home Run Derby at Target Field. He didn't disappoint.

Stanton led the National League with six home runs in the first round. If leading his team in long balls wasn't enough for him, he left his mark with the biggest blast of the opening round.

The home run was originally projected at more than 500 feet, but it was officially measured at a modest 430 feet.

Stanton was pretty pleased with how the first round went:

The best part about the Home Run Derby is that other Major League players act like kids when they see a big blast. When Stanton hit his third-deck home run that almost left the stadium, he left other All-Stars shaking their heads.

Stanton left one of his competitors, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, blown away:

Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 National League Most Valuable Player, couldn't believe what he just saw:

Here are some other reactions from Stanton's peers:

In case you missed the show, here is a look at all of Stanton's home runs in the first round:

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