already another embarassing wrong decision by the referee in the mexico-cameroon match erasing a beautiful goal by mexico. this time it was a bad call on offsides. there is no reason that on penalty calls like the one yesterday in the brazil-croatia match and this one that a replay system could not be considered. but the soccer bureaucracy is as backwards as the kremlin in its heyday so i wouldnt expect it anytime soon.

big game today at 3pm is the rematch between the two finalists in the 2010 world cup that being spain v. netherlands. the dutch have fallen off a bit in the intervening years but still are plenty talented to upset spain.

Tesla goes open source

Vessyl is the Yves Béhar designed smart cup that knows exactly what you're drinking. It connects to your iPhone over bluetooth, identifies drinks, nutritional content, along with how much of what you drink. 

Let's cut to the chase: while I only had an hour with a Vessyl prototype, I tried nearly a dozen beverages in it -- and it successfully identified all of them. Within 10 seconds, the device, which currently resembles more of a Thermos than a finished product, recognized Crush orange soda, Vitamin Water XXX, Tropicana orange juice, Gatorade Cool Blue, plain-old water, and a few other beverages, all by name. Yes, this cup knows the difference between Gatorade Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze.

letterman and seinfeld talk comedians, cars & coffee.

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.