Text 25 Jul What next after #WC2014 ?

Here’s what Jason Kottke suggests for those who don’t know much about soccer but enjoyed to World Cup and are looking for the next step in following the sport…


If you enjoyed the World Cup but don’t know how to proceed into the seemingly impenetrable world of soccer, with its overlapping leagues, cups, and tournaments,this guide from Grantland is for you.

Just because the World Cup is over doesn’t mean soccer stops. Soccer never stops; that’s one of its biggest appeals. There are so many different teams, leagues, club competitions, and international tournaments that, if you want to, you can always find someone to cheer for or some team to root against. It can also be a bit daunting to wade into without any experience. Luckily, you have me, your Russian Premier League-watching, tactics board-chalking, Opta Stats-devouring Gandalf, to help you tailor your soccer-watching habits. And now I will answer some completely made-up questions to guide you along your soccer path.

This was basically my situation after the 2010 World Cup, a soccer fan with nowhere to direct his fandom. What I did was:

1. Picked a player I enjoyed watching (Messi) and started following his club team (FC Barcelona) and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the league that team played in (La Liga). I know a lot more cities in Spain than I used to.

2. Watched as many Champions League matches as I could every year, again more or less following Barcelona.

3. Got into UEFA European Championship, which is basically the World Cup but just for Europe. It’s held every four years on a two-year stagger from the WC and the next one is in 2016 in France, which, I’m realizing just now, I should try to attend.

I also watched a few Premier League matches here and there…it’s a great league with good competition. What I didn’t do is follow any MLS or the USMNT, although after this WC, I might give the Gold Cup and Copa America tournaments some more attention. And qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup start in mid-2015…soccer never ends.

Text 24 Jul 1 note bob’s burgers

Through the Song Exploder inteview with Loren Bouchard about his intro theme for the show, I found the original pilot for Bob’s Burgers. It’s fun to see how the show started.

Text 23 Jul deserving of some exposure

Zach Jud… remember that name for a second.

You’ve probably heard about 6th grade science fair project that seemed to be groundbreaking in regards to invasive lionfish populations and their ability to live in brackish or possibly even fresh water estuaries. Amazing and important research taht deserves attention you say! To good to be true that a 6th grader came up with teh results and not, say, a marine biology grad student you say! IT’S PROBABALY BOTH!

"At this stage in my career, this type of national exposure would be invaluable…if only my name was included in the stories," Jud wrote on his Facebook page. “I feel like my hands are tied. Anything I say will come off as an attempt to steal a little girl’s thunder, but it’s unethical for her and her father to continue to claim the discovery of lionfish in estuaries as her own.”

Yep. The girl’s dad is buddies with Jud’s former lab supervisor.

"Most of you are aware of the massive amount of time I put into exposing kids to science, and I obviously don’t want to do anything to diminish this young lady’s curiosity or enthusiasm," he writes. "I’m thrilled that she chose to look at lionfish for her science fair project, but encouraging an outright lie is poor parenting and a horrible way to introduce a youngster to a career in the sciences."

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She’s got me askin’ her whyyyyyy…  #self #superfakenice #runaway

Text 22 Jul 3 notes the new yorker for free


The New Yorker has a new site and, to encourage folks to check it out, they’re offereing everything new for free through the end of the summer:

Beginning this week, absolutely everything new that we publish — the work in the print magazine and the work published online only — will be unlocked. All of it, for everyone. Call it a summer-long free-for-all. Non-subscribers will get a chance to explore The New Yorker fully and freely, just as subscribers always have. Then, in the fall, we move to a second phase, implementing an easier-to-use, logical, metered paywall. Subscribers will continue to have access to everything; non-subscribers will be able to read a limited number of pieces — and then it’s up to them to subscribe. You’ve likely seen this system elsewhere — at the Times, for instance — and we will do all we can to make it work seamlessly.

Here are a few suggestions of somewhere to start.

Text 21 Jul cheese nerd-ery


This is probably more than you ever wanted to know about cheese and designing and studying microbe ecosystems.

It turns out the limited variety of microbes in cheese makes for a very efficient way ofculturing and studying them. Other ecosystems apparently way too diverse to study.

Here’s a link to the paper, Cheese Rind Communities Provide Tractable Systems for In Situ and In Vitro Studies of Microbial Diversity.

Text 20 Jul a direct line to 1994

oh man, I hadn’t listed to this in a long time. I was reminded by this funny interview with Vanessa Bayer from SNL.

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Photo 19 Jul Lane & Charles

Lane & Charles

Text 18 Jul physical search engines

Think of Google’s cars as web crawlers that are, instead, searching the physical environment and are piloting in a few cities right now.

Google’s fleet of city-mapping cars are now working to measure urban natural gas leaks. The technology giant’s collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), announced on 16 July, equips Google’s Street View cars with sensors to detect methane leaking from ageing city pipes, through city streets and into the atmosphere… . The team found thousands of leaks in Boston… at a rate of roughly one per every mile (1.6 kilometres) of road driven.”

It’s as if, in order to map the physical (a seemingly low tech task) they’ve ahd to skip over it and return to it with technology learned from the digital.

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