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1995-2004 eBay Inc. All Rights Reserved. Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the eBay User Agreement and Privacy Policy.HIP INTERACTIVE Sitting Ducks ( Windows )May McAvoy0 ItemsDiaper service (you know, real cloth diapers -- remember them?) from my parents for my first-born. -- CHUCK CLUSEN is a senior policy analyst and director of NRDC's national parks and Alaska projects and is a nationally recognized expert in public land management.The best green gift that I've ever received was a couple of canvas shopping bags so that I'd no longer have to deal with the paper/plastic dilemma. Plus, the whopping five-cent reduction in my total shopping bill each time I use one helps towards my retirement. -- DAN GILDOR is a project attorney in NRDC's Los Angeles urban program and focuses on enhancing water quality in California. 400.00Virginia MayoStore SearchJudith O`DeaSammy Sosa. Preston Wilson. Kevin Brown. Jason Giambi. Kenny Lofton. Cliff Floyd. Mike Piazza. Tom Glavine. Byung-Hyun Kim. Ryan Klesko. Jason Kendall. Andruw Jones. Shawn Green. Darren Dreifort. Arthur Rhodes. Jose Vidro. Pat Burrell. Mike Lieberthal. Charles Johnson. Chan Ho Park. Matt Lawton. Paul Konerko. Eric Hinske. Edgardo Alfonzo. Ray Durham. Juan Encarnacion. Shigetoshi Hasegawa. Jay Payton. Jeff Bagwell. Jose Guillen. Tim Salmon. Bret Boone. Joe Mays. Kazuo Matsui And on and on it runs, the list of players teams would love to unload to rid themselves of the salaries. They are, pure and simple, bad contracts, some too long, some too much money. And while agents posture for five-year deals for mid-30s players or 10 years for icons, there is one fact of life every general manager has to accept: Kevin Malone went from the Sheriff of L.A. County to a fundraiser for a small Christian college because he doled out 18 years' worth of contracts to Brown, Green and Dreifort.It appears that Sosa may be willing to pare down the 18 million he is owed for 2006 if he is traded, which would open the door for him to be traded to the Mets and reunited with Omar Minaya. Sosa's agent, Adam Katz, warns that he does not want Sosa to play for three different teams in three years, which would be the case if he were to go to Colorado for Preston Wilson and Charles Johnson. As Tracy Ringolsby pointed out, it is a cash wash, but while Sosa might hit 70 homers in Coors Lite, Katz knows that the Rockies would either trade him in July or let him walk at the end of the season.The lengths of deals trouble clubs because history doesn't lie. Scott Boras is asking for five years and 65 million for Jason Varitek, and the Red Sox won't give it to him even though Varitek is the soul of the team. Guaranteeing a catcher 11 million at the age of 37 (Varitek's fourth year in this deal) is suicide, probably to the GM, says one National League GM. Boras told the Red Sox he has a five-year offer in hand, but then he told the Phillies and Braves that Kevin Millwood and Greg Maddux had multi-year offers in 2003 and 2002, respectively, and neither did, requiring them to go to arbitration.Presently, the Red Sox are trying to sign Pedro Martinez and Carl Pavano, who says that he would very much like to pitch with Curt Schilling. I have a past with Curt (going back to Schilling's days in New Britain, Conn., when Pavano was a teenager in Southington), says Pavano. And I would like to learn from him. Boston has some interest in Troy Glaus, and could make it work if they cleared 8 million by trading Kevin Millar and Doug Mientkiewicz, but that is a 10 percent shot and way down the road.Because of the aggressive nature of agents like Boras and the fact that teams want to see what players require as free agents, don't expect much to happen until after Dec. 7, when clubs can offer their free agents arbitration. I think this is going to drag out until January and even February, Giants GM Brian Sabean says. There will be more players signed after the first of the year than before, says another GM. There will be another 40 non-tendered players on the market. And the shortstop market may take five or six weeks to sort itself out. There were four teams that reached the postseason in both 2003 and 2004: the Yankees, Twins, Red Sox and Braves. The Yankees had nine players on both postseason rosters, the Braves nine, the Twins 14, the Red Sox 16. That turnover, says one general manager, is what successful teams do. Teams that put themselves in a position to win every year, said another GM, don't fall in love with the past. The Dodgers' postseason roster had eight players who weren't with them (DL'd players don't count) on Opening Day, the Astros six, Twins and Angels five, Red Sox, Braves and Yankees four, and the Cardinals two. The playoffs aren't in January, Oakland GM Billy Beane says. You leave flexibility so that the first two months of the season are spent finding out what you have, the next two months are spent trying to get what you need, and the last two months you go for it. In case you were wonderingValue Over Replacement Player for free agent starters(Source: Baseball Prospectus)Pavano 62.4Clemens 61.3Radke 60.1Pedro Martinez 51.2Odalis Perez 49.7Al Leiter 46.2Jaret Wright 40.3David Wells 40.3Clement 36.9Russ Ortiz 33.1Orlando Hernandez 27.6Lieber 27.7Ramon Ortiz 24.6Derek Lowe -11.6Rosalind RussellRuffling feathers: artist Michael Bedard uses animation and humor to satirize his perception of the world.(Artist profile: Michael Bedard), Art Business News, Lo, Kevin8 x 10 personalized cartoons~11 x 14 personalized cartoonsPurchase direct from: Columbia Books, Inc.. Book number: 36349. US 20.00 Survival Of The Fittest Great White Hype Art PrintSize: 31 x 27 inArtist: Michael Bedard : 29.99Leah's Pony by Elizabeth FriedrichAngels in the Dust by Margot Theis RavenDust for Dinner by Ann TurnerGrandma Essie's Covered Wagon by David WilliamsThe duck character was an excellent choice because of the nature of the animal itself. Even though a duck is vulnerable to attack by superior forces, this wonderful creature displays an aggressive attitude when confronted by danger. The duck's only defense is this bluff that creates uncertainty and fear with its adversaries. This attitude is what has made the duck an appropriate icon for challenging the problems that threaten us all.The duck characters immediately struck a chord with people about how fragile we feel in these modern times. The illusion that creature comforts create a safety zone from the dangers of life is so pervasive that many actually hide behind these paper-thin walls and feel protected.The Sitting Duck message pokes a funny hole through this fragile concept. It shows that even when one is having a safe moment relaxing with friends on a lounge chair with a favorite drink; one can suddenly become a target of one of life's merciless hunters. That theme of vulnerability carries through the Bedard duck series and has allowed the artist to expand his concept to examine the frailty of politics ( Failure of Marxism and Failure of Capitalism ) and even relationships ( Living Together and Ship of Fools ).Bedard says, I had no idea that these little characters would become so popular but I take great pleasure in that they've become universally accepted. As an artist, I am grateful to be able to communicate through a vehicle that transcends all language and cultural barriers. Bedard's work, both on the canvas and on the screen, is characterized by his uncanny ability to create an image with depth in both artistic quality and meaning. There is nearly always a social commentary that lies underneath his whimsical imagery. One must look beyond the simple visual statement employed by the composition to the real purpose of the painting -- usually an important social issue that concerns us all.Like many artists whose work is deceptively simple, Bedard is not. He is a complex and highly intelligent man. He labors over each work he creates, painstakingly researching the issues, the treatment of the characters and the effect on the viewer, executing drawing after drawing before he ever sets out to create the final product.As the work of Michael Bedard has grown, so has his worldwide appeal and marketability. In Japan, Bedard is thought of in almost 'superstar' status, beginning with a series of commercials that he did for Akai in the 1980's, continuing his success with The Santa Claus Brothers magazine covers and culminating with his successful Sitting Ducks television show and merchandising campaign.Michael Bedard has had numerous sold out one-man exhibitions in and around his current Los Angeles residence. His children's book, Sitting Ducks , has won three prestigious international awards for children's literature and his children's television show of the same name is tremendously popular in 48 countries. In Japan nearly one out of two children watch the show. In 2001, Bedard received an Emmy Award for his made-for-TV movie, The Santa Claus Brothers , which aired on Disney, YTV and ABC.Forever a student, Bedard is extremely knowledgeable about the history of world art. His large, airy home and studio in a remote section of the greater Los Angeles area is filled to the rafters with well-thumbed art and reference books.What isn't commonly known about Bedard is the wealth of material he has created over the last thirty years that has never been published -- works of art that are as wonderful and innovative as the ducks are amusing. Some of these include The Cubist Brothers as well as Quatro . It's that body of work which inspires the business direction behind OXO Art -- to introduce these other wonderful works to the art world at large and to fuel Bedard's creativity and energy to explore new creative ideas.Sitting Ducks are the creation of world-renown poster artist and Emmy Award winning producer Michael Bedard who sees his hatchlings as the perfect instrument with which to express his wry, slightly dark sense of humor and his own brand of social commentary.Crimetime [DVD] (1996)From George Sluizer, director of The Vanishing, comes an intense thriller starring Stephen Baldwin as an actor playing a serial killer on a true crime TV show. Each new victim brings Baldwin and the program more attention, but the real culprit soon begins murdering just to see himself on TV. Pete Postlethwaite, Geraldine Chaplin, Sadie Frost and Karen Black also star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.Category: Mystery Director: George SluizerCast: Stephen Baldwin, Suzanne Bertish, Karen Black, Geraldine Chaplin, Philip Davis, Marianne Faithfull, James Faulkner, Sadie Frost, Pete PostlethwaiteAlso Available: VHSRated: R ColorWas 14.99 12.74 DVD #D71735Tell A Friend Send As A Gift^ back to topHave a Website?

 

 

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