A brief list of sporting teams and clubs that I fancy

1. AFC Wimbledon. Fan-owned response to crappy franchising-type moves in the FA. The spiritual descendant of Wimbledon FC, my former favorite football club. Hopefully they’ll get a place in the playoffs and win a ticket out of the Conference. Come on you Dons!

2. USC Trojans. Have to root for the alma mater. Doesn’t hurt that they’re quite good, usually. Hey, at least we beat UCLA and Notre Dame.

3. Tulsa Golden Hurricane. My first love. Still my number one pick on the basketball court and the collegiate soccer field. Looking for an NCAA basketball bid this year after an elite eight run in soccer. Oh, and an NCAA b-ball win.

4. Seattle Sounders. The best run club in MLS. Simply amazing.

5. Purdue. I guess. I have. To represent. Anything but a Final Four this year, and it’ll be a disappointment. Like the football program.

6. The Dodgers. Go Blue! Sitting in the upper deck on a summer night is one of the best things ever. And I don’t even like baseball that much.

7. Hearts. If only they were better. And not owned by a crazyman. But Tynecastle is my favorite place to see a match. Hopefully the planned expansion only makes it better.

8. Huracán. The BsAs footie team closest to where I lived. Not the biggest or the best in Argentina, but my favorite. You gotta love a team whose logo is a hot air balloon.

9. Cardiff. Kinda gotta go with the Welsh side closest to the Premiership. That, and who doesn’t like bluebirds? I guess if they ever go up, I’ll actually have a Premiership side to cheer on for the first time since 2000.

10. Boise State. I have no connections here. I like the smurf turf. I love that they beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. I’m impressed by the winning. I like that Chris Petersen has shown loyalty to his program. I like people who want to build things. Like Few at Gonzaga. Like I said, I’m a Tulsa basketball fan, so I have coach abandonment issues. (cf. Smith, Robinson, Self, Peterson)

11. Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Until last year, the one highland team in the SPL. Now there are none. I’d love to see them go back up. Five seasons in the top flight, some giant-killing cup performances, and the subject of the best sport headline ever: ‘Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious’
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12. The Saints. A semi-bandwagon move here, but they do have Brees and Bush. And I love listening to Hebert on the radio. And, believe it or not, I was actually a Saints fan as a kid, back in the Dome Patrol, Hebert and Dalton Hilliard days. In reality, I just don’t care about the NFL that much.

13. Seattle Mariners. I still think The Kid is awesome. And I’m happy he went back to close it out in Seattle. And I liked Edgar and Buhner. I like Ichiro. And being owned by Nintendo is one of the better conglom ownership deals. Free DS network in the stadium. Pretty sweet.

14. The Clippers. There’s a reason why they’re last.

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XO no go

As an XO owner (via the give one get one [G1G1] promotion) and a firm believer that making technology available to the developing world (especially children) and open content/open source projects are generally good things, Ivan Krstić‘s “notebook” (why do people gotta get all uppity about the word blog? Sheesh.) post from Tuesday is, well, interesting.

Krstić is the former Director of Security Architecture at OLPC who resigned in March. Unlike Walter Bender, who resigned from OLPC in April, Krstić seems pretty pragmatically doubtful of the whole open-source/pedagogically contructivist idea. It sounds like Krstić uses and enjoys OSX (cool) most of the time, and has this great quote: “My theory is that technical people, especially when younger, get a particular thrill out of dicking around with their software.” But he’s not dismissing the open/constructivist model- infact, he closes with “So here’s to open learning, to free software, to strength of personal conviction, and to having enough damn humility to remember that the goal is bringing learning to a billion children across the globe.”

He also makes a good point that OLPC is supposed to be about education, not software, not laptops. Or at least that’s what I thought. And what Krstić thought too, until Negroponte apparently told him, “that learning was never part of the mission. The mission was, in his mind, always getting as many laptops as possible out there; to say anything about learning would be presumptuous, and so he doesn’t want OLPC to have a software team, a hardware team, or a deployment team going forward.”

WTF? So OLPC is a what?

The whole post is pretty damning of OLPC and Negroponte and disappointing. Not that it means anything, but their deployment of the G1G1 laptops was horrendous. It seemed like something was wrong.

Still, it’s scary to see Krstić railing against OLPC so much and quoting Bender as saying, “‘I quit,’ Walter told me on the phone after leaving, ‘because I can’t continue to work on a lie.’

The response from Guido van Rossum in the comments, “I’ve thought for a while that sending laptops to developing countries is simply the 21st century equivalent of sending bibles to the colonies,” is a pretty audacious statement. But I’ll leave that for another post.

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OLPC
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Tech Literacy
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If anyone comes looking for me next week…

I’ll be in LA, probably at one of the following places:
Coco’s Variety Store
Giant Robot
Secret Headquarters
Skylight Books
Amoeba
M83 at the Echoplex
El-P, Dizzee Rascal, busdriver and more at the El Rey
The Seed
Meltdown, or more likely, minimelt too
Wacko
Mr Ramen
Or somewhere in Chinatown

LA
Summer

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Summer Reading

The list will grow, but in between Mario Kart sessions and traveling, here’s my planned summer reading list:
La invención de Morel/The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares (translated by Ruth L. C. Simms) [yep, both Spanish and English versions–it's for a class next fall, and I want to make sure I really have it.]

What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable by John Brockman [this is what I'm teaching in my freshman comp class in the fall. It's an outgrowth of the Edge Foundation's 2006 question, What is your dangerous idea?]

Don Quijote/Don Quixote by Cervantes [again, both Spanish and English. In fact, can anyone recommend a good English translation? I'll be reading the Spanish with my friend Phil, and again, this is for a class in the fall)

Flesh and Stone: The Body And The City In Western Civilization by Richard Sennett [ah, city stuff]

Simulacra and Simulation by Baudrillard [this is for an article I'm working on this summer–I need to give this an in depth re-read –and no, I'm not reading the French, because I don't know French]

La colmena/The Hive by Camilo José Cela [again with the Spanish and English, but this one is for "fun"]

The Rebel by Camus [for fun, in English, not in French]

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Summer

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Three things to read

por liniers
Inauspicious beginnings…
I’m already not really writing anything.
But I guess this is a true weblog, for now, at least.

Here are three things I meant to read today, and only completed one two:

 Timothy Garton Ash on 1968, 1989, 2008 and 2009 in the Guardian

Greil Marcus on 1968 in the New Statesman

Robert Irwin on two new works about Edward Said, Daniel Martin Varisco’s Reading Orientalism: Said and the unsaid [can you believe that title?  Yeesh.] and Ibn Warraq’s Defending the West: A critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism

The illustration above is from Monday on linier’s blog. Gotta love synergy.

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Reading
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