Friday, July 11, 2014
1. I haven't gotten to watch many
World Cup games live, but I did see most of the surreal (and record-shattering) 7-1
dismantling of Brazil by Germany. The Internet naturally chimed in,
with my two favorite memes (at least from among those gathered by the U.K.
Mirror) being the ones captioned "That's One Happy Jose" (referring to
David Luiz's inept role at the center of Brazil's defensive train wreck) and
"Even Tim Howard Couldn't Save Them".
I was rooting for Germany, but took no pleasure in seeing Brazil get humilated -- except in so far as the defensive catastrophe exposed vice-captain David Luiz, a dirty, impulsive player I have always detested.
2. Pinboard, whose proprietor describes it as, "a bookmarking site and personal archive with an emphasis on speed over socializing," has just turned five.
I see my role much like a small-town praire banker in the 1880's. My job is to project an aura of calm, solvency, and permanence in an industry where none of those adjectives applies. People are justifiably risk-averse when it comes to their bookmarks, and they are looking for stability. ...Read the whole thing for Maciej Ceglowski's perceptive and often entertaining thoughts about such occupational hazards as burnout.
And do give Pinboard a try. I've used it for a few years now and can't imagine having to do without it.
3. Elizabeth Eshelman, who holds that "Real men bring their own shade," pays homage to -- and pokes loving fun at -- the tuba.
And it is a beast--at least for me it was. The first time I ever went to put one on in the summer before my freshman year of high school, my little 14 year-old arms couldn't lift it high enough to get it over my head. The squad leader, as the principal player is called in the world of marching band, had to lift it for me and set it on my shoulder, which, though embarrassing, was okay by me because he happened to be my biggest high school crush, and putting the sousaphone on meant he had to get so close to me I could see myself in the reflection of his sunglasses.If you enjoy this, it's part of a series titled "I Like Big Brass and I Cannot Lie: Confessions from the Tuba World". The obvious allusion led me to find an interesting oral history ... behind ... Sir Mix-a-Lot's famous -- or infamous -- tribute to curvy women.
4. Google is calling their latest Android app "Chromecast", but it strikes me as "Web TV done the right way." There have been times that it could have come in handy to mirror my smart phone screen on the television, even though I have no desire to do this as my main or even as a frequent way of interacting with a computer. I look forward to giving this a try.