New Creative Venue Offers Fun Ways to Get in Touch with Your Inner Artist


first_imgProfessional mixed media artist Lisa Agaran has launched a new creative venue called True Creativity Within, which offers non-traditional classes to explore one’s artistic side.In a city full of traditional art classes such as oil painting, drawing or watercolor, Lisa has developed classes where the primary technique is utilizing Mixed Media, requiring little to no prior art experience.Mixed Media Art combines different mediums such as collage, acrylic paint, pencil, stamping, encaustic wax, stitching and found objects into the artwork. With Mixed Media, basically anything can be incorporated into creating art.With the growing popularity of Mixed Media Art, more individuals are exploring this form of creating. It is the ideal medium to free up one’s creativity without any expectations.Lisa believes, if provided a fun class, in a supportive environment, without the pressure of having to know how to draw or paint, students are more likely to tap into their True Creativity. In her workshops, Lisa encourages students to get messy and to welcome mistakes or accidents to occur.“I believe when we surrender to our intuition, create spontaneously, without an inclination of what it’s supposed to look like, then magic happens. Everyone is creative. They just need a safe place and permission to be creative without judgment or preconceived ideas.” This organic process invites the student to discover his or her own creative voice and style.Lisa not only teaches fun and easy to learn techniques, she also coaches workshop attendees through the creative process so they don’t feel intimidated. Workshops are designed for beginner to intermediate adults and are held at different locations throughout the San Gabriel Valley. True Creativity Within offers a variety of Mixed Media Art workshops such as:• Mixed Media Basics• Visual Art Journaling• Spontaneous Creating• Cool Textures with Special Effects• Mixed Media Mandala• Working with Found Objects…And moreLisa Agaran founder and lead instructor of True Creativity Within is a professional Mixed Media artist and has done group and solo shows through Los Angeles and New Mexico. She graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has a background in graphic design and psychology. Prior to her career as a professional artist she worked as therapist and creativity coach. For more information and to view full listing of ongoing workshops, visit TrueCreativityWithin.com Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Woman Being Deceptive About Her Age Is Nothing New!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty14 Effortless Looks That Make Men StareHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Visual Arts New Creative Venue Offers Fun Ways to Get in Touch with Your Inner Artist Professional Artist Uses Mixed Media to Teach Adults How to Uncover their True Creativity From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 18, 2015 | 11:20 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Councillors squable over Twin Towns leisure centre


first_img By News Highland – January 25, 2010 Pinterest News Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Councillors squable over Twin Towns leisure centre Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleGAA – Dr Mc Kenna Cup Semi Final line up confirmedNext articleGovernment looking to withdraw from Greencastle Harbour Project News Highland center_img Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Pinterest Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp There were heated exchanges in the council chamber this afternoon when the issue of the Stranorlar Leisure Centre was raised. Councillor Martin Harley raised the subject calling on the local authority to increase efforts to progress the project – however the ensuing debate soon turned to farce when a round of name calling erupted.Commenting on the progress to date Councillor Frank McBrearty accused Fianna Fail of using the leisure centre as a political football. This brought an angry response from Councillor Patrick McGowen who accused Councillor McBrearty of not caring about anything except himself and his election to the Dail.Councillor McGowen called Councillor McBrearty a ‘clown’, he later withdrew the comment however in the mean time Councillor McBrearty took issue with Mayor Byrne’s handling of the situation saying that he would ‘get him in the long grass’. The issue was closed when the county manager said he would deal with all the issues raised at a meeting with local councillors ahead of the capital budget meeting in March.last_img read more

New EPA proposal not likely to end disputes over new gas pipeline projects, experts say


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Even as industry welcomes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal aimed at preventing states from blocking infrastructure projects, experts say that the policy is unlikely to give gas pipelines the boost they want.The Aug. 9 rule-making proposal — the latest volley in a battle between states and the Trump administration over lengthy delays to gas projects — would limit state’s authority under the Clean Water Act to block pipeline construction if a project does not meet state standards. However, while the policy would likely shake up federal-state dynamics on infrastructure projects and appears destined for lengthy court battles, the proposed EPA rule is unlikely to prevent states from denying pipeline developers critical water quality permits, several lawyers and energy analysts said.“There is a plausible case to be made that this decision and that this proposed rule is more of a victory for style over substance in terms of being able to effectively rebut recalcitrant state governments that are not interested in permitting new natural gas pipeline,” said Rob Rains, an energy industry analyst at Washington Analysis LLC.The rule could make it incrementally easier for developers to sue states over unfavorable decisions on Section 401 applications, but it would not cut state politics out of the review process, said Katie Bays, an energy analyst and co-founder of research and consulting firm Sandhill Strategy.“Superficially, you would say that more favorable guidance from the EPA strengthens the legal position of pipeline projects and LNG projects that have struggled to obtain 401 certificates from states…That’s the hope and that’s what the administration is attempting to do here,” Bays said. “However, because the guidance does not remove the ability of the states to reject an application for a water quality certificate, they can still do that.”Rains, too, said the scope of what the EPA can accomplish through regulation will remain limited, particularly if Congress is unwilling to change the underlying law. “Yes, the EPA can initiate this rulemaking. They can tighten up these requirements,” he said. “But there is already this prevailing dynamic where the states get a say in this. If Massachusetts or New Jersey or New York or whomever — Virginia — don’t want a project going through, then they have tools at their disposal. It’s not too complicated.”More ($): Stalled gas pipeline projects unlikely to get relief under EPA rule, experts say New EPA proposal not likely to end disputes over new gas pipeline projects, experts saylast_img read more

Students express off-campus housing safety concerns


first_img“Part of the scope of this [renovation] project included removing dated security bars from the property and replacing them with a Ring Doorbell and Floodlight camera system on the exterior of the property, giving residents more knowledge and control over who has access to their home when they are not there,” the statement read. In the email screenshot posted to Facebook, Juraso said the property owner was “well aware” of the incident, and “their stance remained firm.” The post was taken off of the page Thursday. Rusher alleged Jurasko reported the post for harassment and it was subsequently deleted. “Security bars are not promised anywhere in the lease and as a property management company, we never imply or promise the safety of our residents,” the email read. “I think the email was hostile and unnecessary for one, just to say that they don’t ensure the safety of residents with … but especially callous, insensitive given the recent incident,” Rusher said. “Even though I don’t know the specific details, I feel like it was understandable for us to request safety measures, especially those that were included when we first signed the lease, such as safety bars.” In addition to a new security system, the housing company said it is installing new fences to replace the original security system. Rusher, who is majoring in international relations global business,  said the email dismissed the safety concerns of Mosaic residents. In the Facebook group, the company’s statement was met with harsh criticism. Rusher’s post accrued over 180 comments from students, many of whom shared similar experiences. The post was removed from the page Thursday. When junior Keala Rusher discovered off-campus property management company Mosaic Student Community wasn’t going to reinstall safety bars on her windows, she had concerns. In the comments, many students wrote that they experienced difficulty with Mosaic’s maintenance of utilities, including the air conditioning, and other residents complained of being forced to live in smaller “closet-like” rooms. Students complained in a USC Facebook group after Mosaic Student Housing removed window safety bars from its houses. (Photo courtesy of Mosaic Student Housing) According to Rusher, the incident began when her housemate, Alejandro Gonzalez, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, asked for security bars to be replaced on the window after they were taken off for renovations and repairs to the building.center_img In response to the allegations, Mosaic released a statement addressing the renovations and student concerns. DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle said that students should consider the safety measures in place before deciding to lease with certain off-campus housing companies. Carlisle said checking the location and security amenities of properties can help students feel safer. Students encouraged Rusher to contact the Department of Public Safety with safety concerns and legal counsel for representation. Rusher said that following the recent death of student Victor McElhaney during a robbery attempt near campus, security and well-being became an important concern for her and her housemates. “Mosaic built a small house in the backyard of the house that we are currently leasing and … they re-painted the exterior of our house and in order to do that they had to take off the security bars that were already on the windows,” Rusher said. “They almost moved me into a literal closet-sized room despite the floor plans suggesting otherwise,” one student commented. “Renovations include … [a] repainting the exterior of the home and adding security fencing between the front of the house and the back of the property,” the statement read. She posted a screenshot of the email exchange between her housemate and property manager Courtney Jurasko in the “USC Memes for Spoiled Pre Teens” Facebook group. “If a student feels unsafe, we would be happy to do a quick security assessment of the facility,” Carlisle said. “But, if it is a privately owned properly, the owner has no obligation to conform to what we recommend. But, students can make recommendations.”last_img read more

Vehicle fire at Oak Tree Inn was contained quickly Thursday


first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There was some excitement Thursday evening at 9:40 p.m. in Wellington as this video by JoAnn Buckman, owner of nearby Manila Liquor can attest. A car parked in the Oak Tree Inn east parking lot caught on fire. The fire was confined to the engine compartment with $500 in damage. Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay said it was caused by an electrical malfunction. No one was hurt.Hay said the vehicle was of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroader. Editor’s Note — If you have video of some excitement in Sumner County on your smart phone, don’t hesitate to send it to us here. We will give you full credit. Our e-mail is [email protected] or text us at 620-326-0717. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Domestic abuse victims will be ‘further isolated’ without govt funding – Lifeline Inishowen


first_imgThe manager of Lifeline Inishowen has warned that failure to provide funding for the centre in Carndonagh will cause further abuse and isolation for victims in north Donegal. The centre, which helped over 46 women last year with domestic violence cases, has not been sanctioned government funding since 2011 despite the efforts of the centre over the last four years.Mary Doherty, manager of the centre, said she was ‘fearful’ the facility would have to shut its doors. “Every year we are fearful, you get to a stage where you get burnt out because we have had to fundraise every year to keep the centre opened,” she said.“We are working with a lot of families and it is such an important service to be available in the area.”Officials from the government insist the Donegal Women’s Centre in Letterkenny is suitable to cover the entire county, leaving those in Inishowen as far as 65km from the centre.“They keep telling us that we are not going to get the funding we want, that Letterkenny is fit to cover all of Donegal,” Doherty continued. “They told us that they are centralising the centre, but how can they centralise something so urgent?“It’s not like these women can make an appointment, they need the service urgently and at the time that they require it.“I question whether the government understand the issue with domestic violence because why else would they want to centralise it?“People are not going to be able to make it to Letterkenny,” she added.“Which means these women are going to have to stay in this abusive relationship that they are in. “That is the reality of the situation.”The Inishowen group are set to hand the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, a funding petition later this month – with Doherty now urging the government to rethink their policy on the issue going forward.“Do they not realise the benefits that our centre has for peoples’ mental health and well-being on the peninsula?“A lot of people that come through our doors are on anti-depressants or abusing alcohol and a lot of them develop a massive change and start to believe in themselves again in the short-spell we provide the help that they need. “And that is the ripple effect on them and their families.“Rural areas are clearly not their priority and that is sending the wrong message to these families.“Inishowen has a population bigger than Leitrim, and by that estimation, we are a county in our own right.“They are further isolating these families from being able to change their lives and that is causing further abuse.“We are a lifeline to them, the government need to understand that.”Domestic abuse victims will be ‘further isolated’ without govt funding – Lifeline Inishowen was last modified: May 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CarndonaghInishowenLifeline Inishowenlast_img read more

Redknapp believes nephew Lampard will sign Chelsea contract


first_imgHarry Redknapp says he still believes Chelsea will offer Frank Lampard a new contract.The QPR manager has previously said he is convinced his nephew will end up staying at Stamford Bridge despite speculation about the midfielder’s future.Lampard’s contract expires in the summer and he has yet to be offered a new deal.But Redknapp said: “I’d be surprised if he’s not still at Chelsea next season. That’s my gut feeling.“If he’s not, there’ll be a queue of top clubs in England and the world wanting to sign him.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bureaucrat seeks Info Commissioner’s removal


first_imgThe Shahdol Commissioner has raked up grave charges against a serving State Information Commissioner, who during a past tenure had purportedly violated the revenue code to transfer a pond, meant for government ownership, to a private entity for a nominal fee “causing heavy loss” to the Madhya Pradesh government.Although the 12-hectare Mansarovar pond on unoccupied land in Gyaraspur of Vidisha district should have been vested in the government, wrote Shahdol Commissioner R.B. Prajapati to a State-level Principal Secretary, Rajkumar Mathur, the District Collector had parted away the State’s rights in 2005 in an “illegal and unauthorised way”.“Therefore, I request you to initiate the removal from the service of Mr. Mathur, now a State Information Commissioner,” wrote Mr. Prajapati, even though the district falls under the Bhopal division.‘Delay in inquiry’Due to the delay in an inquiry and the pendency of the case with the General Administration Department, he wrote, Mr. Mathur acquired the constitutional post for which he was “ineligible on moral and statutory grounds”.“If according to him,” wrote Mr. Prajapati, “the Mansarovar pond was a private land, it should have been vested in the State Government under Section 251 of the Madhya Pradesh Land Revenue Code, 1959. Instead, he gave it up for exchange.”According to the Section, all tanks situated on unoccupied land in the State on or before the date of coming into force of the Act should vest in the State government. The Act abolishes the rights of intermediaries in the area on a tank, which may be used by villages for irrigation.Moreover, although the pond didn’t fulfil the exchange parameters laid down under the revenue book circular, still it was given up under it in an illegal and unauthorised way, he alleged. “The Section is one of the most important ones enacted in public interest,” he wrote, “It has the same effect as the Madhya Pradesh Ceiling on Agricultural Holding Act, 1960, under which there is a provision to vest private land in the State government by declaring it surplus,” he said.‘In cold storage’Mr. Prajapati claimed he had brought the case to the attention of the GAD and other departments on July 14, 2008, as a consequence of which the Under Secretary to the Government of India (Ministry of Personnel and Training) had directed the State’s Chief Secretary to take action. “However, no serious inquiry was undertaken and the case was thrown into the cold storage,” wrote Mr. Prajapati.last_img read more

LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump


first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James speaks while holding his daughter, Zhuri, during the We Are Family Reunion at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. (Erin McLaughlin/The Sandusky Register via AP)SANDUSKY, Ohio — Along with getting good grades and listening to their parents, LeBron James has encouraged kids in his foundation’s educational program to stand up for their beliefs.On Tuesday night, the superstar gave a lesson in how it’s done.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Concluding a day of fun and games at an amusement park, James turned serious when speaking about the recent violence and tragedy in Charlottesville. James also took a pointed swipe at President Donald Trump, calling him the “so-called president.”While holding his young daughter, Zhuri, James stood on stage before an excited crowd of students, parents and others connected to the LeBron James Family Foundation and delivered his emotional message.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I know there’s a lot of tragic things happening in Charlottesville,” James said to cap the annual event at Cedar Point amusement park. “I have this platform and I’m somebody that has a voice of command, and the only way for us to get better as a society and for us to get better as people is love. And that’s the only way we’re going to be able to conquer something as one.”Then, James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton last year and introduced her at a rally in Cleveland just two days before the election, went at Trump, whom he has criticized in the past. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Valdez, PH volleyball take lessons from losses in AVC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Now in its sixth year, James’ foundation has brought hope to children who might not have any otherwise. If the students meet certain criteria, stay in the program and graduate, they can receive full tuition to the University of Akron.“That means everything,” Latasha McCullough said as she sat with her husband, Arthur, and children Arlissa and Arsea while waiting for James to appear on stage.The McCulloughs have been directly impacted by James and his work, and they’re forever grateful.“He doesn’t have to do anything,” Latasha said. “All he is responsible for are his kids, his family, go to work and provide for his, but he does it for his city. He does it for everybody, everybody’s kids. All the things he didn’t have growing up, he’s giving it to our kids with no problem and he’s not being selfish. It’s constant and consistent, you earn what you get.”James has grown his foundation beyond its initial goals of tackling the city’s drop-out rate. Next year, the charity will open the I Promise School, designed to help students who have already fallen behind and need extra attention.Michelle Campbell, executive director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, is awed by what the group has accomplished.James has led the way.“It’s never enough with him,” she said. “He is always pushing, just like on the basketball court, pushing and pushing. I could have never imagined what we have done and are doing, but with his belief and what he wants to do and his drive and his ability to put all these partners around us. We can’t fail.“It started out with working with kids and changing a child, then OK, we got the family involved and we learned that some didn’t have their high school diplomas, so we broke down those barriers. Now he’s changing a whole community. He’s uplifting this whole community, on his back.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s not about the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States, or whatever the case. It’s not about a teacher that you don’t feel like cares about what’s going on with you every day. It’s not about people that you just don’t feel like want to give the best energy and effort to you. It’s about us. It’s about us looking in the mirror. Kids all the way up to the adults. All of us looking in the mirror and saying, ‘What can we do better to help change?’ And if we can all do that and give 110 percent, then that’s all you can ask for.“So, shout-out to the innocent people in Charlottesville and shout-out to everybody across the world that just want to be great and just want to love. Thank you, and I love you all.”James’ remarks ended a star-studded show that included pop stars Jordin Sparks and Usher as well as his Cavaliers’ teammate J.R. Smith. They stood alongside him for his message along with his sons, Bronny and Bryce.There had been a celebratory vibe all day, as James hosted nearly 7,000 of his foundation’s students and their families, who strolled around the immense park best known for its roller-coasters wearing light blue T-shirts with “We Are Family” across the fronts.It was as if James’ hometown of Akron had all gone out together for the day, and that was exactly the point of the event — to celebrate the successes of kids committed to making more of their lives.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

We Get Schooled In Advanced Volleyball Metrics


Jody Avirgan: Neil, my favorite little tidbit from the the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference was the fact that each day, all the stats nerds streamed into the building toward panel discussions about sports analytics, waltzing right past — actual sports! There was a massive regional volleyball tournament taking place in the same building, and as far as I could tell, no one stopped to check it out. And, honestly, part of me thinks that it could have been an NFL game and people would have still hustled upstairs to talk about sports rather than just watch them. There was a panel discussion called “Is Analytics Taking the Fun Out of Sports.” This felt like a nice parallel to that idea.Neil Paine: “Hey, nerds — get your heads out of those volleyball spreadsheets and try watching a match!” (Said no one ever.) But seriously, the juxtaposition was interesting, particularly considering that we had the opportunity to speak with some people who do sabermetrics for volleyball. It seemed like this should have been a big moment for them — considering their sport was on display for all Sloan-ites to see — but instead it was just another smaller sport that can sometimes go neglected at an event geared more toward basketball, baseball and football.But not by us — right, Jody?Jody: Never. We contain multitudes. That said, I know next to nothing about volleyball. And while there is obvious strategy involved — you can see play fakes and how teammates work together — I hadn’t really thought about how you would evaluate the merit of particular plays. The main thing I learned from Mila Barzdukas and Giuseppe Vinci was to think about the setting pass. Is it one that leaves the team with no options but to flail and punch it over the net? Or is it a pass that multiple people could spike, from a wide range of unpredictable angles? That is, in essence, the goal of every possession — a versatile set pass. And it’s graded on a scale of 0 to 3. If you’ve got three options of attack from a given set, that’s a success.And the thing that makes it so intriguing is that the quality of the set is related to the pass before it, which is related to the serve before it. … It’s impossible to untangle each pass from the others. Which might be kind of unique among all sports, right? And, I imagine, a real metrics challenge. …Which is where I saw your wheels turning. Have we found your new beat?Neil: It’s possible. Not really having played volleyball since high school gym class, I’d never considered how oddly well-structured it is for analysis, in terms of the way each rally progresses and the fact that outcomes for individual players can be counted with relative ease. (Even at the 14- to 15-year-old level we observed, Vinci and Barzdukas insisted that coaches were tracking basic pluses and minuses — that is, positive and negative plays — for their players during matches.) It’s still not as perfectly suited to analytics as baseball (what is?), but it wouldn’t be unfair to liken it more to basketball than sports with more moving parts, such as hockey, soccer and football.The strategy of maximizing your passing options on any given setting opportunity struck me as particularly fascinating because it seems like one of those statistical best practices that can suddenly bring focus to a coach’s entire game plan. It that way, it may be much like how conserving outs should be the all-consuming imperative of a baseball offense or how resisting mid-range jumpers has become the mark of smart offensive basketball. (Even hockey has recently found a version of this: Playing dump-and-chase is the equivalent of cutting off your setter’s passing options.)The beauty of sports analytics, though, is that they’re a beginning, not an end. Finding the right strategy is just the first step in a journey that (hopefully) ends with the right players putting it to use. And with an actual volleyball tournament in such close proximity to analytics experts, both components of the odyssey were placed side-by-side, however briefly.Jody: Well said, Neil. Nice setup. Even the most grizzled volleyball coach would say you’re “passing a 3.” OK, folks, watch the video. Mila Barzdukas, Giuseppe Vinci, Neil Paine and Jody Avirgan in front of a regulation size volleyball. CORRECTION (March 10, 10:37 a.m.): An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the number of passes in a volleyball point. It’s two, not three. read more