June 15, 2010

marijuana substitutes mean nothing to me
I fly to Amsterdam to get the real thing



Lisa Yuskavage, Faucet, 1995

* On the World Cup, via Strange Victory Strange Defeat:

It has long been recognized that the World Cup is about a whole lot more than just soccer. For most people around the globe, these players are more than just showstoppers -- they are gods. And they enjoy the personality cult and salaries to match. In fact, some call it the "most important sport in history," and the numbers are telling of its elevated importance.

It has been estimated that more than 715 million people watched the cup final in 2006, notably 10 times the number of people who watched the Super Bowl that year. Known as a "lingua franca," for most nations around the world, the game becomes an expression of national identity, in fact, 204 nations tried to qualify for 32 spots in this year’s World Cup, while there are only 192 states in the United Nations. This startling statistic is in part fueled by examples like this: the British use it as an excuse to dissolve their union and play as four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Despite the astronomical salaries of football’s greatest stars and the marketing and manufacturing of the whole sport, there is a powerful link between the boys kicking a ball around on the beach to the stars in the stadium, in a way no other sport can claim. There is a purity at the heart of the game, especially as players rarely come from the middle classes, rather their heartlands are the slums and shantytowns, the favelas and the mean backstreets.

* Lego versions of iconic photographs.

* “Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.” -- Werner Herzog

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Breeze forever!

Yours from Paris,
Ghost of Jim Morrison

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That lego link is great!

Also, hope your recent gig went well.

Regards,

Allan Smithee

2:02 PM  

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