Afternoon Obsession: Furnishings for the Private (and Paranoid)

resizedimage.phpIn an era of extended access into the private lives of individuals and systems of entire nations (NSA-style), some innocent civilians may wonder what they can do to combat unwelcome prying. Several designers provide an approach in the form of home and office furnishings that grant relative isolation to the recluse, the gossiper, or the downright paranoid. From the mild Mike & Maaike Windowseat to the intense James McAdam Safe Bedside Table, check out these 12 sleek and comforting designs that will deter the invasive.

Fun fact: The majority of designers are based in Europe and Russia, fitting as Edward Snowden lingers in Moscow and as France and Germany deem spying between allies unacceptable.

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  • GiveMeABreak

    It’s disappointing that we have so many retreads who have no chance of making the team. I suppose from a numbers game that is no different than any other team. I would prefer to see us bring in new blood rather than established rejects like Lindley. My friends who are Cowboy fans think the Jones signing is the funniest thing they have heard in a long time. Hard to see this roster turning into a great team unless Chip is the alchemist so many appear to believe.

    • Philip Soloninka

      tell your cowboy fan friends to re-examine some aspects of the signings their team has done, like say, Demetress Bell or maybe the contract they gave Romo?

      • GiveMeABreak

        Since we live in a glass house, I think it’s better not to throw rocks. Our #4 pick was second team in his own conference. Our #2 pick from last year could (maybe should) be gone soon. We have a good OL, good wideouts, good backs but only a couple of players on defense who can play (none of whom are in the secondary). Plus, our QB situation is a mess. We are more like Dallas than we are like the better teams in the league.

        • Philip Soloninka

          Threw up in my mouth after reading the last sentence.

          • GiveMeABreak

            LOL. Tell me about it. We are just in a bad place and I can’t stand the happy talk I read from the posters on this blog (I don’t mean you Sheil or Tim).

          • Philip Soloninka

            There is a lot of room for hope and optimism, we just have to try to keep it realistic, which is what I have seen in most comments. No SB talk, no D**** T*** (can’t even type the words). Just a lot of hope and anticipation to see what Chippah is going to come up with.

          • MV7

            Exactly. Vick killed me when he used that “D” word

          • Philip Soloninka

            I was flabbergasted that he could even think that was smart to say after the failures of 2011 and all the talk that happened in the preseason.

          • MV7

            So we’re supposed to start off the season already thinking that we can’t win?
            See, you’re the type of fan that I’m talking. Straight negative all the time

    • evanphilly

      Don’t really think Cowboy fans should be laughing when they have their own team to worry about. Of course there was going to be a lot of turnover with the team because of the new coaching regime. One mans trash….

    • Joe Jones

      Two words for cackling Cowboy fans. “Demetrius Bell.” And they’re laughing?

      • G_WallyHunter

        hahaha graded out as 78th out of 82 tackles? one of thee worst tackles in the league last year… can Dallas Oline coach do anything with him?

  • Engwrite

    Great article. I’m a fan. And glad something is finally starting.

  • Wise Man

    Mark my words, for I am the Wise Man: Greg Salas will make the team. He was having a beast of a rookie season in 2011 before he broke his leg, and the Patriots picked him up because they know what they’re doing. They thought they could sneak him onto the practice squad, but unfortunately the Eagles know what they’re doing, too.

    • aub32

      I don’t know. The Pats don’t really have a good history of obtaining good WR talent outside of Moss. They get a lot of praise for the moves they make, but they don’t work out nearly as well. They are just given the benefit of the doubt thanks to their early SB wins in the BB & Brady era.

  • Scott J610

    It will be interesting to see how Kelly reacts if Bryce Brown fumbles.

  • Ty

    Despite the fact that it really doesn’t make a difference , I would much rather have David Sims as a backup rather than Kurt Coleman. Sims seems to be a much better tackler than Coleman , if nothing else a better physical player. Will never take away the fact that Coleman plays with heart.

  • Joethomas215

    Does anyone know if McNabb will be signing autographs on Sunday?

  • GEagle

    Intesting…first time I have ever heard anyone besides me praise what a great job Meco does tackling recievers short of a first down in coverage…well done Sheil

  • MV7

    Now see, this is why I like Shiel. He acknowledged that when Foles played, it was not pretty considering the circumstances. I think that is a fair assessment of Foles. Foles has good pocket awareness and I would say that is the only thing that I like about Foles. It’s frustrating when Foles gets complimeneted on things that all QBs do, yet when Vick does them, they are ignored.
    I’m glad that they are competing, AND IF FOLES WINS, GOOD FOR HIM (I put that in all caps so the haters can see it even though they will still ignore it).
    Great and fair assessments by Shiel on all of the players. I like that he does not let his personal feelings about a player affect his articles.

    • cliff henny

      just watched a vid on csn, ray didi is taking vick.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Maybe you could call it the “Eagles Wi-Kapadia?”

  • Maggie

    Great non-partisan ratings. I was especially interested in seeing how well some players did on special teams, according to real statistics. Too bad there weren’t a few more doing the same! Most so-called fans rip the ones they love-to-hate, without the first clue about their actual performance.

  • southy

    I’ll get hammered for saying this, but take run fits away from the safeties and Coleman might start to look like an actual NFL caliber player. Not starting caliber, mind you, but good enough to want him on the squad.

  • Tyler Thierolf

    I can’t help but think that you can find a spot on a football roster for a guy who’s 6’7″ 240 and runs a 4.39. Whether you use him as a wide out, have him line up as a tight end, or go all Dion Jordan on him and turn him into an extremely long and athletic pass rusher, there’s definitely a spot for him that will be found.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      That’s EXACTLY how I feel. But we will see.

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      In college that works, but in NFL its tougher to justify using a precious roster spot (or even PS) to do a drastic position switch, especially for a guy that wasn’t exactly a standout (no pun intended) to begin with.

  • Andy

    Hope they can sneak him onto the practice squad.

  • illadelphia21

    I don’t care what the team has to do, but they need to make sure this kid clears waivers for th practice squad if he doesn’t out right make the team. That size/speed combo doesn’t come along very often.

    Some of the concerns on him are his route running, body catches, and that he does t consistently create separation. These things are all fixable, w/ the most difficult one to teach being the fact that he body catches and are his hands good enough when that is fixed. Glad he’s working on his cuts and routes now. And as far as not getting separation, sure I would love him to burn DBs on every route, but its more important if he uses his massive frame to shield them off while coming down w/ the ball or a defensive PI. Michael Irvin got to the HOF by making a living out of doing just that.

    The ability to create mismatches w/ this kid are endless, once he shows that he’s competent in the previous mentioned areas, by linning him up in different WR spots and yes even in line as a TE, to get favorable match ups against LBs and safeties.

  • GumboGumbo

    Momah has to prove it on the field this preseason. He could end up being a contributor down the line but I don’t see it happening until he proves his worth. Practice squad / IR most likely for ’13

  • JofreyRice

    The height/weight combo is intriguing, but a bit of a double edged sword for a wideout. Even a seasoned route-runner has a tough time getting in and out of breaks at that size, let alone a guy that hasn’t run routes for a team in a year. Running a 4.4 isn’t that helpful if CB’s can undercut routes because he turns like the Titanic. Kelly Washington is one of the bigger receivers, but still a full half a head shorter than Momah–gonna be tough for Momah to really move with agility with such a high CG.

    He’s definitely a PS candidate, IMO.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Anybody 6 foot 7 who can run a 4.4 40 should either play for the Eagles or chase Sheil & Tim into western PA. Allowing them a 2 mile head start, of course.

  • aub32

    I was hoping that we took a look at Stephon Hill last year in the 2nd. Momah seems to be pretty much the same guy in regard to a raw H/W/S combo. Good pickup, and I hope he does well.

  • Sheil Kapadia

    Why our readers are the most knowledgeable: You can find errors among two WRs who won’t be here in a couple months! Thanks for the heads-up. Just switched them around. -SK

  • evanphilly

    I hope V. Curry makes it. Had some hope for him when they drafted him. Alas with a new coaching regime, some people may not fit into the system…even 2nd round draft picks.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    you’re the man Sheil. keep the content coming. 12:30 can’t come soon enough.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Is there some sort of video coverage on at 12:30? or is it closed off… does anyone have any info? I’m ITCHING

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    media coverage from 12-4 I thought..

  • G_WallyHunter

    on PE.com? ya spuds must be heading that up, I should have known

  • MV7

    Is spadaro doing Eagles live today? haven’t seen anything on pe.com

  • MV7
  • Brent E. Sulecki

    twitter is a good place to follow practice also. jeff McLane and Geoff moesher will most likely have live practice updates…and a recap def here on 24/7…no one does it better.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Agreed there, this site has been a daily stop for me since I discovered it in like September? I can’t believe it was here for 2 months without me knowing… feel like I missed out lol which I did..

    I’ll be watching twitter then, never go on that site unless it is to check football-related tweets..

  • Philip Soloninka

    There was one specific play where I turned the corner on Desean and it was THE catch against the Ravens last year. He knew he was about to get blown up and went out and got it anyway. I thought it showed a lot in just one play. Hopefully it’s the rule now, not the exception.

  • Explorer51

    Adam, I did not say “I’m back on the bandwagon”…I said I hope I’m wrong so his good year would benefit the team. And his numbers would have projected to 65 catches (tied for 32nd in the NFL, 25th for WRs), 1018 yards (not a career high and 21st in the NFL, 20th among WRs), and 3 TDs (tied for 81st). So his 16 game projections for yardage and catches would have been OK for the average NFL receiver, mediocre for a supposed #1. And 3 TDs? Let’s be kind and not focus on that. But I will say it again…I hope he blows these numbers up in 2013 and I’m wrong, not because I’m a Jackson fan but because the team will be better. But I hope that, regardless of his final numbers, he goes somewhere else and we get a legitimate #1, either by draft, trade, or FA.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Remember that one too. He took a few pops last year that he wouldn’t have taken years before. If people wanna complain about guys shifting into lower gears.. rip into “Self Tacklin’ Jeremy Maclin”. Dude hits the ground when he hears a slight breeze coming. He’s got 20lbs on DeSean too.

  • Philip Soloninka

    Yep, and I remember Celek taking a shot and popping up and throwing the first down signal, loved that!

  • Token

    Maclin will outperform Jackson this season. Figured id put that down.

    Really he already outperforms him every season. He actually puts points on the board.

    This will be DeSeans last season as a Eagle. Not worth the headache when he puts up #2 WR numbers.

  • GEagle

    Don’t encourage Celek

  • Philip Soloninka

    I know, it’s just not too often a player takes a shot from anyone on the Ravens D and pops back up like that, cool moment. No time for that this year though

  • MV7

    Celek had too many passes bounce off of his hands that led to INTs

  • Philip Soloninka

    Agreed, not like he was the only one with hands problems though…

  • G_WallyHunter

    ya I went, looks like Inside Training Camp starts at 3?

  • MV7

    You’re right, but it sure seemed like it

  • Philip Soloninka

    The pick 6 against the Saints comes to mind

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    As well he should. He’s a first round pick that’s never played anywhere near his potential. But until he grows a pair and stops tripping over his shoelaces I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • MV7

    We can make the playoffs if the things you mentioned happens

  • MV7

    That’s at the top of the list lol

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    It’s possible, would take probably 9 or 10 wins. I’m hoping for 6-10 with big improvements on the turnovers and special teams. That’s a great start to righting the ship. Anything more than that is a bonus.

  • MV7

    Hey the great thing about the NFL is that you can go from worst to first quickly. My expectationsare for this team, especially if Vick starts. Vick’s back is against the wall big time, but I like that. This happened in 2010 and he came through. He should have been MVP that year because of what he had to overcome

  • Max Lightfoot

    I agree, Adam. We need to right the ship. And being realistic is not the same as being negative. I hope we can make the playoffs in some miraculous way, which might be possible in the NFC East.

    I think we’ll be better this year, despite the fact that some players may not buy into Chip’s system, whatever that is, exactly. I don’t think it’ll be such a rah-rah college style as some do. Chip is smart enough to realize these are grown men who live in the real world. But the players’ prima donna attitudes and wishful thinking (“We’re better than our record, we could be a dynasty”, etc.) will be jettisoned by Kelly this year.

    I want to see solid improvements with the defense they have and hope that the offense scores tons of points. There are encouraging signs – and it just cannot be worse than last year. Go Eags!

  • MV7

    My expectations are high is what i meant to say

  • Warhound

    What he overcame is irrelevant to MVP status.

  • aub32

    Some of you fans just love that word upside, but please remember that unknown and upside are not the same thing..

  • Explorer51

    Adam, I like a lot of your comments but I think you may have a couple of blind spots w/Jackson and Maclin. Whether you think it ridiculous or not, players are compared to others all the time…you know this as well as I do. And even though you have excused Jackson’s numbers because of inconsistent QB play and a bad O-line, the Eagles were 13th in total passing yards, 7th in attempts, and 9th in completions…so it’s not like the Eagles were a running offense. So bad line, mediocre QBs, and all don’t you think their receivers benefited..even a little bit…from Reid’s pass first philosophy? I really think it’s funny that you blame Maclin for Jackson’s development! Yikes. Obviously you have the right to your opinions…even though they aren’t supported by the numbers…but how about acknowledging others’ thoughts as well when they aren’t the same as yours?

  • Dutch

    DJax isn’t the Eagles No.1 receiver. The No.1 is the receiver who is a threat any place on the field. DJax nor does Maclin work the middle area between the hashmarks of a defense. Hicks with the Giants and Fitzgerald of the Cardinals are examples of No.1 receivers.

    The slot receiver position with the Eagles is pretty much an ancient concept in this offense. Chip has done the work to phase out a slot receiver in Phila. He is looking to get mileage out of his Tight ends rather than a slot receiver.

    Maybe some of you aren’t listening to what Chip is saying or don’t fully understand what he’s saying. The routes in this offense will be pretty much consistent with deep outs, quick hits over the middle and screens. There isn’t going to be progression reads looking for receivers running routes deep down field. If the throw is there the QB takes it, if not he pulls down the ball and take off.

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    You’re taking the numbers at face value. The Eagles passing numbers were skewed by screens and dump passes due to the lines inability to hold the play. I think if you watched most of last season you can agree that the deep ball game that DeSean is supposed to be used in never had time to develop. It’s not like he was dropping passes, he caught everything that was thrown to him.

    I think people tend to forget that Maclin is the 1st round pick and DeSean wasn’t. Maclin was brought in a more complete #1 receiver that DeSean could compliment. DeSean’s game opens up the field for the rest of the team by drawing a safety deep. Maclin was a complete STUD in college, average over 200 all purpose yards a game. He was a beast and at the time was well worth the 18th overall pick. These two should have been one of the best tandums in the NFL. But people love to complain that because Jackson isn’t a complete receiver he shouldn’t be on the team. You don’t draft a guy whose 5’11 and 175lbs to be your all around guy. Maclin never lived up to the role he should have and Jackson had to be the go to guy when he should be the compliment like Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh.

    Explorer, my gripe isn’t with your opinion. It’s when people formulate an opinion on a player (aka “MeSean”) and refuse to change in even if the player changes. By all accounts DeSean was a complete meat head. He was a kid and he was immature in dealing with his contract. He acknowledge this. People complained when he got his new deal that he’s a whimp who will shy away from contact and who can’t hold on to the ball. Lo and behold, after he gets his new deal, he plays tougher football. He starts going up for the ball and starts taking licks. He goes from being one of the worst receivers in the NFL for dropped balls and becomes one of the best.

  • Explorer51

    Let’s agree to disagree; this whole string started when I mentioned that Jackson may be going into that whole contract thing again and I just don’t trust him. You think he’s changed, and that’s cool. Let’s see which guy shows up this year…MeSean or DeSean. If it’s the latter, I will be the first to admit I was wrong…but I ain’t jumping on no bandwagon! Perhaps you can also give Maclin the benefit of the doubt and see what this season brings.

  • Token

    Defenses are not scared to death of DeSean Jackson. Its a myth. When hes up against a good corner its usually single coverage. People mistake safeties playing zones as meaning a defense is doubling or tripling DeSean.

    But as im sure, there is no convincing you of that. So all we can do is watch this season. And then at the end of the year when Jackson once again declines for the 4th year in a row and gets released we will get the answer as to who is right.

  • Dutch

    You could name a team that doesn’t cover DJax with a safety over the top and corner? Which team and what corner plays Jackson single cover?

    The video is available.

  • illadelphia21

    1) 6’7 is a different set of tall from 6’4.
    2) Heyward-Bey finally came around and turned the corner to become a good WR in 2011 then was hurt last season.
    3) While Hester is not a great WR he still poses a vertical threat which must be accounted for by defenses. Plus his game changing ST play, which is majorly attributed to his speed.
    4) ProBowl statement is flat out false. And although there are not many pro bowlers, in the time period you suggested, there are many who have run in the 4.4s.
    5) Everybody who watched Rice knows that he was way faster than his 40 time suggested! He would beat CBs who were considered fast on go routes on a regular bases. A go route is a beat your man off the line if he’s pressing and beat him down field whether he’s pressing or not. I hate when people bring up that 4.7 BS 40. So what he was timed running a bad 40?! Happens a lot!
    6) Separation is good, but is not the end all be all or be all end all. See my reference to Mike Irvin. And ask Anquan Boldin how much he values separation, or Tony Gonzales! There are others.
    7) This kid is the type of player you invest time and money to develop. We spent 3 yrs so far on trying to develop the likes of Cooper, a mediocre (measurable wise), below average, playing smaller than his 6’3 frame WR. Among other players who had run of the mill measurables. If you, as a team, are gonna develop look for something special and try and mold and work w/ that player. That’s Momah!!!

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Will be interesting to see where he ends up. Definitely a developmental guy, and with the guaranteed money we gave him I think he’s on the roster for a few years. Not really sure how the contracts work when you want a send a guy to the PS. Do you have to waive a guy (thus voiding his original contract?) to get him on the PS? What happens to his cap hit if he does to go the PS?

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    I think the supplemental draft was over by the time they realized he didn’t have any eligibility left.

  • Warhound

    That 4.7 like all those 40 times are IN SHORTS. Some people are slowed more by putting on the pads, some are slowed less; we’re people, not tractors.

  • pkatz

    Then I stand corrected and don’t know why. I’d like to find a way to blame the NCAA for everything wrong with things though.

    Maybe the timeline cited is wrong and the decision to deny his eligibility didn’t come down until after the supplemental draft?