I’m not much of a soccer fan, although I did watch 5 World Cup matches … just to be part of the fuss.
But … I have to admit the sequence leading to the winning goal by Mario Götze was a real thing of beauty:
I like this version, although I’m not sure what language is being spoken (Turkish, maybe).
The replays starting at the 0:43 mark of the video show the steps it took:
The ball at midfield, and then a forward pass (I know … rare in soccer),
The ultimate goalscorer knows he’s offside now, so he works himself onside towards the center of the field,
An aggressive sprint deep into the corner against loose triple coverage,
A really good crossing pass that offered zero opportunity as it threaded loose double coverage,
Then Götze taking control with a chest rebound with both feet in the air, and
A strike on a ball still in mid-air.
Stop the video just after the goal (around the 0:52 mark). There’s 8 Argentinian defenders plus the goalie, all in decent positions, covering the quarter of the field shown. There’s only 3 Germans; the rest of the team is trailing the play because it usually never works out this well, so containing the action around the goal is important.
Very, very, memorable. I can’t get it out of my head.
Ray Dalio has put out a persuasive video called “How the Economic Machine Works”.
Dalio is a hedge fund manager: rich and influential.
I like Dalio’s video:
I think the graphics and tempo of this video are great. I don’t always agree with the economics. It’s decidedly Keynesian. And I think it relies too much on “just so stories”. In particular, I think his discussion of debt cycles leans way too much toward the idea that we’re always doomed to go through debt cycles (although if I were a betting man I’d admit that it sure looks like this might be the case). I also think it’s colored a bit too much by Dalio’s perspective as a successful investor: basically, there’s some finance inserted where there should be a somewhat different macroeconomic argument.
There’s also a site containing both, but I’m not sure how it’s supposed to relate to them. At the bottom of that is a video of a conversational interview between Larry Summers and Dalio. Summers is a macroeconomist from Harvard, and arguably the biggest economist working from with the Democratic Party.
Cross-posted from SUU Macroblog, which is required reading for my students.
I spent about an hour on this site. The “Words and Phrases” post got my attention first with “binge”, and “cushy”, and “swipe”, and “souvenir” (although, somehow or other I already knew that “dud” dated from World War I).
But I didn’t know how important the war was to Canada’s conception as a nation.
Nor did I know that this is when condoms were first routinely distributed.
Or that the popularity of wristwatches was due to the amount of stuff soldiers had to carry in their pockets.
How about blood transfusions — first done on a large scale late in the war.
I liked the post “Telecommunications”, although they should have titled it differently: it was mostly about the creation of lines that couldn’t be tapped.
Plastic surgery? With a photo of an early case!
Ring cakes (aka Bundt) are popular in Japan because a German baker from their colonies in China was interred there, and decided to open a bakery in Yokohama? Get out!
Flappers? Hospital scrubs? Hand grenades? Dada? Expressionism? Stainless steel? Sugar from Cuba? Sun lamps? Dry champagne?
Did you know that the poem features poppies because they grow better than other plants in disturbed soil?
And there was lots of stuff I did know about, that was still fun to review for different perspectives: machine guns, tanks, air combat, falling empires and monarchies, the rise of the U.S., migration from the South, chemical weapons (one of my grandfathers survived a gas attack that killed the buddies on either side of him), and so on.
In looking at this, I’m most mesmerized by the scattering of kindling that skitters across the parking lot.
Almost 25 years ago, I was living in Salt Lake City for a year, and I decided to do some genealogy research. I discovered that my late father had an uncle that I’d never heard of. I called him up and told him.
It brought back the dimmest memories (his mother and aunts had been dead for 15-20 years by then): “Oh … yeah … Louie … he hid under a tree during a thunderstorm and was killed by lighting … must have been around 1915.” He’d been gone for 10 years or so before my grandparents got married and had my dad.
A short film by Tatia Pilieva in which 10 pair of strangers are asked to kiss. Cute, sweet, and somewhat uncomfortable yet very compelling viewing. It made me all misty … perhaps it will do the same for you.
In the original game the squares of virtue are: Faith (12), Reliability (51), Generosity (57), Knowledge (76), and Asceticism (78). The squares of vice or evil are: Disobedience (41), Vanity (44), Vulgarity (49), Theft (52), Lying (58), Drunkenness (62), Debt (69), Rage (84), Greed (92), Pride (95), Murder (73), and Lust (99).
How did I come up with that bit of trivia? Well I just heard Leonard Cohen’s “Closing Time” as covered by Fairport Convention for the very first time. Cohen uses the metaphor; apparently cheating on your woman is one of his chutes. Not sure why it took him most of his career to figure that out. Gee … and he was dating Rebecca De Mornay at the time … (I’m showing my age, but) WTF?
It’s really easy to find Cohen on YouTube doing his song, but frankly I never liked Cohen’s performances much. Here’s what I was listening to:
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