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Wed, 120822
Just Like Soccer
Filed under: Media,Politics,Soccer (sic),Wisdom,Writin' — Rick @ 050407UTC

Are you British? Do you think multidozenmillion-pound salaries have debased the Beautiful Game?

Are you American? Do you think multidozenmillion-dollar anonymous contributions have debased the Greatest Democracy?

Stephen Marche can explain the two great tastes that go great together!

(This post is primarily about hackery, and in case the soccer connection isn’t clear, the $50-75k that Ferguson appears to receive for each speech is about what Clint Dempsey has earned for each game he’s played for Fulham.)

Fri, 101022
Californian
Filed under: Media,Writin' — Rick @ 023514UTC

Why do UK journalists insist on treating California differently? What I mean is that Google, e.g., is typically referred to by the BBC and Guardian as a “Californian company”. New York Life is not a “New Yorker company”, and Wrigley isn’t an “Illinoisan company”. Thank God that Eli Lilly isn’t a “Hoosier company”. (I doubt even the Brits would attempt to use “Indianian”.) So why does California get its own adjective?

Sat, 100605
Proposed football chant for USA-England
Filed under: Wisdom,Writin' — Rick @ 162455UTC

To the tune of Frère Jacques:

Ninteen-fifty, ninteen-fifty
One-to-zip, one-to-zip

You are going home now, you are going home now
Have a nice trip! Have a nice trip!

Bonus annoyance points for Americanism “one-to-zip” sted “one-nil”.

Thu, 100211
Iain M. Banks
Filed under: Technology -v- Culture,Writin' — Rick @ 215023UTC

Per suggestions from my friend Rufus Blooter (and others), I’ve started to dig into Banksy‘s … I mean Banks‘s work. The Player of Games was Rufus’ initial suggestion. I enjoyed it and loved the idea of The Culture, but found the characters flat and the prose uninspiring. Now I’m working through Use of Weapons, and finding it to be a much better read — better-rounded characters, prose that sings, and a structure that heightens the narrative arc.