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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Black Stars

While rooting for Ghana the other day I felt a bit disloyal, especially when looking at the faces of my American family & friends. The US soccer team has come a long way, but I was rooting for Ghana. They want to win more and their wins mean so much more to Ghana and Africa. I have some additional thoughts on this, but I have to get some zzz's in now.
But let me finish this post by saying that if you grew up with soccer, you instinctively understand how the world cup is not just a sporting event. I know I keep harping on this, but I think it is a fundamental concept for anyone who wants to really appreciate the game and the big hoopla of the world cup.
But don't just take it from me. Read William C. Rhoden's New York Times article Africa Rallies Around Ghana from June 25, 2010.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday This & That

© Nina Buesing Corvallo

The heat broke and the weather is blissful. The city seems calm, students are gone and many worker bees have already headed out of the city for the holiday. Even soccer is taking a break until Friday.

I heart the Ball Jar Pendant lamps by www.barnlightelectric.com. Neat.
Via My Love for You Is A Stampede of Horses, I came across the work of Lena Wolff. Really pretty.
See Lena Wolff's work at www.lenawolff.com .

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

This & That (Not a Football Post)

Today I had lunch with Isa Leshko and Jane. We had Vegge Dim Sum. So good. (I could hear the kitchen staff listening to the Brazil-Chile game, which I loved. Hey snuck in a little soccer in after all).
Meanwhile the husband and cousins were at The Fancy Food Show and they came home with lots of bounty.
And talking about food. I have been storing my film for years in my fridge, turns out that that **might** be an unhealthy idea (tx Isa!).
So I am removing all of it. I have been toying with buying a deli fridge anyway. To store my film and possibly my negatives. But I am concerned about condensation. Ideally I would like to just build a temperature controlled closet. I don't need pro-storage, but between heatwaves and steam pipes I know I am doing bad things to my negatives. They need a climate controlled home.
I started reading Chase Jarvis' blog. The husband turned me onto www.blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/ when he suggested I watch Chase Jarvis' digital work flow video. Good stuff.

Paul (& Two Sticks and A Ball)

This is somewhat old news. However I had not seen video of Paul before and I love octopodes (not to eat, people, just like their shape and intelligence). So I thought I would share (tx Mere).

Der Paul
courtesy AP

I am not gloating. I've been a looser. I know the feeling. And it sucks even more when the ref made a mistake.
However -I know this is controversial - I am not sure if the game should change and instant replay should be added. FIFA's argument long has been that human error is all part of the game. I used to think that ridiculous, but now I do feel it is part of the beauty of the game. It is a metaphor for life. Mistakes are make and injustices happen every day. No matter how hard we try, there will always be accidents, mistakes and injustices. And one has to learn to live with it and we have to try to do better. To follow that argument through, maybe then there should be no HD or slow motion footage of the matches. Keep it simple. Keep the world cup close to how the game is played all around the world every day.

soccer players on New York's LES and in Genova, Italy © Nina Buesing

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weltmeister der Herzen (Champions of Hearts)

Germany wins © Buesing

Today was a good day for German soccer fans. Germany won over England 4:1.
This German soccer fan was stunned. 4 to 1, I did not expect. Germany played beautifully. And I am not using that adverb lightly.
However the score should probably have been 4 to 2. Some argue that the refs' decision to not count the shot by England's threw the moral of the team and cost them the game. I don't know about all that.
Germany played exquisitely. And they scored FOUR times!
The German team showed off its strengths: outstanding team work, confidence without arrogance, precision, endurance...ah I am in love ;)
Up next for us: a replay from four years ago - Germany vs. Argentina. Nail.Biter.