Sunday, June 30, 2024

2028 LA Olympics Moving Swimming to Football Stadium

ABC 7 - "Organizers for 2028 Olympics in LA set swimming at SoFi Stadium, basketball at Intuit Dome" - "LA28 UPDATES VENUE PLAN TO STAGE OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC SPORTS IN SOME OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST STADIUMS AND ARENAS"

Kanye's Tadao Ando Malibu Home

New Yorker - "Kanye West Bought an Architectural Treasure—Then Gave It a Violent Remix"
By Ian Parker

Politics Behind the U.S. Mexico Border

New Yorker - "Will Mexico Decide the U.S. Election?"
By Stephania Taladrid

The High Line's 15th Anniversary

New York Times - "The High Line Opened 15 Years Ago. What Lessons Has It Taught Us?"

C.I.A.'s Record

New Yorker - "When the C.I.A. Messes Up"

"Saddam made miscalculations, too. Their gravity became clear once the U.S.-led coalition entered the Gulf War and vanquished Iraq’s military with a thunderous swat. The ground fighting, absurdly one-sided, lasted only a hundred hours. Saddam was cruel, but he was not usually foolish. Couldn’t he see what he was up against?

Actually, he couldn’t. “Like many people in the Middle East and elsewhere, Saddam thought of the C.I.A. as all-knowing,” Coll writes. Saddam assumed that Washington was fully aware of his plans to take Kuwait, and he mistook Bush’s lack of objection for tacit permission. Years later, while imprisoned, he confronted a C.I.A. officer about this. “If you didn’t want me to go in,” the officer recalled Saddam asking, “why didn’t you tell me?”

Stories about the C.I.A. typically take one of two forms. The agency is staffed with either malevolent puppet masters or bumbling idiots—“The Bourne Identity” or “Burn After Reading.” Both understandings are comforting, albeit in different ways. The first pins all ills on an agency so secretive and sinister that average citizens cannot possibly be held responsible for its actions. The second, which suggests that everything’s a farce, offers absolution of another flavor."

Seattle Lobster Roll

Seattle Times - "Seattle’s most expensive lobster roll: Is it worth the $40 price?"

lobster roll is by nature a New England thing, for that is where the lobsters are — in Maine, mainly, where back in the day the Atlantic was so rife with these crustaceans that they were the opposite of a luxury. So many lobsters! Lobstermen and -women, in particular, probably got sick of eating this largesse. Many a chowder was made. And why not serve it as a sandwich, unpretentiously, on a bun similar to a hot-dog one?

Different preparations have their highly partisan fans. There’s the lobster roll served warm with the meat drizzled in melted butter, generally called Connecticut-style; Maine-style has come to mean either meat mixed with just mayo, or that plus celery and/or chives. Beyond this, you’re venturing into some controversial territory of innovation; there’s talk of places back East serving them flavored with wasabi, chipotle and curry, which must drive lobster-roll sticklers mad.

Inflating Jordan's Defensive Impact

Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Making of The Real World


New Yorker - "How “The Real World” Created Modern Reality TV"
By Emily Nussbaum

George Miller's Inspiration For 45 Years of Mad Max


Vikings Winter Warrior Helmet and Uniform



Building the US Olympic Trials Swimming Pool


Yahoo Sports - "A swimming pool in … an NFL stadium? Welcome to U.S. Olympic trials"

Joe Mazzulla's Training Tactics


"Every coach in the NBA scours game film of other basketball teams, looking for plays to steal and defenses to build up. But nobody watches tape the way the head coach of the Boston Celtics does.

Because where other coaches are watching the Bulls and Timberwolves, Joe Mazzulla prefers to study killer whales and hyenas.

Mazzulla, the 35-year-old coach who has the Celtics two wins away from the 18th championship in franchise history, has a fascination with the brutal beauty of the natural world. So when it’s time to inspire his team and instruct them in the ways of teamwork and self sacrifice, he turns to video of Planet Earth’s greatest predators, playing clips of orcas and other hunters as they circle their prey."