opening remarks and early match-ups. first game between brazil and croatia is on at 4pm. 

i do love this shot of messi balancing the ball on his head. he is like a kid with add that needs to fidget. anyone but the best player in the world is getting that shit smacked off his noggin and told to pay attenion.

just bear with me, this will eventually be about soccer in brazil.

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Oh no

In the future we’re going to realize wd-50 was the CBGB of this era, with way nicer bathrooms.

active shooter at Portland HS

ny times magazine: the burden of being messi

Displacement - Kenneth Goldsmith
At the same time Argentina hosted the 1978 World Cup, the nation's dictators were waging their "Dirty War" of repression, kidnappings and torture. As the tournament again draws near, ghastly memories are flooding back.

once i was: the hal ashby story


your children asked me to tell you to buy them this 25th anniversary blu-ray edition of the princess bride for $5.

game of thrones is relentless in ensuring that no one has a storybook ending.


Kenneth Coutts-Smith fonds

Denis Bowen images
grilled octo

Bill, Did you see this one?

how to watch the world cup like a true soccer nerd is a useful primer about positions, positioning, terminology & tactics.

OKRACAST featuring datil peppers

i saw neighbors so you dont have to! i only agreed to see it once i was offered a free ticket. i am a canny negotiator. im surprised at all the glowing reviews. it had some laughter inducing gags but as a whole it didnt amount to much. rose byrne was pretty funny loosed from her normally uptight roles but essentially its a movie you might be pleasantly surprised if you encountered on cable and not much beyond that.

super sporty month except for me on my couch.

watching some of the french open semifinals. women today, men tommorow. sharapova got through to the finals. dont know either of the women playing now but im rooting for the feisty little romanian who is currently #4 in the world, simona halep, against her tall teutonic foe. slugging it out in the second set at the moment on nbc. nadal v. murray at 11am est tomorrow. djokovic v. gulbis at 7am est.

later tonight the nba finals gets underway. its a rematch between last years finalists miami and san antonio.

the world cup and us open golf at pinehurst both start next thursday.

and wimbledon begins on the 23rd.

intentional art