+ It’s the Fiesta de San Fermín. (How do I get the accent to work when I’m typing directly in WordPress?) Check out this gorgeous photo by Mike Randolph. No bulls or crazy running men, but a lot of San Fermines gathering. Time has a slideshow, but none of the photos are as good IMO.
~ Is it appropriate for tattoos to be considered in a visa or LPR application when those tattoos are traditionally affiliated with criminal gangs? The WSJ writes about it today.
– The last few episodes of NYC-22 that were filmed are being aired by CBS and then made available for viewing online (not sure how long that’ll last). I feel somewhat ambivalent about the show (unoriginal) as a whole but am entertained by Stark Sands in the Crossing the Rubicon episode: shout out to Tunny? He and Adam Goldberg have great chemistry, and I love how they break out a Sharpie to draw tattoos on McLaren when he reveals that he’s an ink-virgin.
1. Check out the first rough draft of the next Kate Daniels’ book by Ilona Andrews, posted as part of a bribe.
2. I’ve found the links and articles posted by The Arabist to be very helpful in giving a less western-oriented MSM perspective on political events in Egypt, North Africa and the Middle East.
3. Have you checked out Courtney Nguyen‘s reporting on the French Open in Beyond the Baseline for SI? She loves and knows tennis, it’s clear in her writing, but her voice is fresh and irreverent, which is welcome among some of the more conservative sport journos (Neil Harman, I’m looking at you).
4. La Tienda has a post up on coffee in Spain. Personally, I don’t drink much coffee unless it’s been
ruined adulterated diluted almost beyond recognition by a great deal of milk and sugar, but I have been known to enjoy a morning cafe con leche while on vacation in Madrid or Barcelona. (FWIW, the blog post is also available in Spanish.)
5. Dear author: why would you have someone drive from Baltimore to Dulles to catch a flight to New York? That’s an hour drive at best and closer to two at worst. Government employees traveling from Baltimore to NY would either fly out of BWI or take the Acela, which drops you in midtown in 2 hours. In a pinch, they might fly out of Reagan, maybe. But Dulles? No.
I have only just run across David Simon’s commencement address to Georgetown. It’s…completely consistent with what his worldview would appear to be based on the shows he has written and produced.
I’ve got to dust off the Greg Rucka books in my TBR stack now that I’ve read his essay on why he writes strong female characters.
For some pretty good photos of the French Open, check out @adel1609‘s tweets.
…and that’s all I’ve got. Back to work today after a four day weekend.
Check out Jon Wertheim at SI on the incestuous nature of sports agents, commentators, and players, and how tennis doesn’t seem to pay as much attention to optics as other sports might. As I watched the Federer-Nadal match and ESPN kept panning to Mary Jo Fernandez sitting in the player’s box next to Federer’s wife, I wondered how anyone could take her commentary on Nadal (or any other Federer opponent) seriously, and apparently I’m not the only one who questioned it.
And read Ben Rothenberg’s NYT piece on Larry Ellison and what he’s done and wants to do at Indian Wells. While I do question how the additional purse is distributed, there’s no denying that the BNP Paribas Open is a tennis destination and a crowd-pleaser.
The DABWAHA has resumed. Go vote!
The Cutty Sark has reopened. On my list of things to see/visit next time I’m in London.
The Economist evaluates Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State and speculates about her future. I find it odd that she is characterized as being “not a lawyer” but a politician. Did the writer forget what she did for a living prior to moving into the White House?
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Or so I’ve been told — I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t gone to see them in years. Maybe next weekend? If you’re in DC, have you braved the crowds?
The hashtag for die-hard tennis fans has been #sleepisfortheweak. As much as I’ve enjoyed the matches and the first major of the year, I’m ready to retire it for the next 11 1/2 months. Tonight is the last night of the Australian Open. Or rather, tomorrow morning is. I’ll be up at 3am to watch the men’s final. And then I’ll be able to sleep somewhat normal hours until the European clay court season begins in April; any other insomnia or zombie-like behavior in the interim will be the result of other things.
Am behind on my planned reading and the on-going book purge, although I’ve managed to discard another handful of books. Have thoughts about how Harlequin categories and their treatment of premarital sex compare to contemporary Harlequin categories, but I haven’t quite worked out in my head what I want to say.
Read a m/m book that made me scratch my head. Was that romance? Was it supposed to be? Was it lad lit? It sort of relied upon some genre constraints or expectations, but was a mess in other areas. Short review TBD.
In the meantime, please enjoy the following links.
+ What happens when you give thousands of stickers to thousands of kids.
+ A Federer fan’s perspective on Fedal and the outcome of the first AO semifinal. h/t C-Note at Beyond the Baseline.
+ The Economist on the simultaneous aging and youth (of the population) of London.
And in anticipation of tonight’s match:
Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images. Via Nadal News.
I keep meaning to do a wrap up post for 2011 but it hasn’t made it from my notes to WP or LJ. Instead, here are some links that were of interest to me but may be of little or no interest to any of you.
Religion and popular culture: a short piece comparing Tim Tebow’s ostentatious religiosity with Rafa Nadal’s seeming agnosticism.
Education and economics: a longer piece published by the ABA Journal on the law school bubble and the way that federally subsidized loans have distorted the economic reality of the profession for potential lawyers.
Shiny pretty: hand porn from Doha, Qatar.
Political: my favorite new tumblr, in which the frothy mix’s misogyny and condescension is screen capped. (ReadReactReview)
Other random bits of information:
We Bought a Zoo is not a bad movie, as long as you ignore Scarlett Johanssen’s inability to do anything other than pout and leer.
Crazy Stupid Love…the best parts of it were shown in the trailer, although I did really appreciate Ryan Gosling as a sort of fairy godmother. The glimpse of the Borders logo on the outside of a building made me feel a little nostalgic, and then the mention of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher as a successful older woman-younger man made the movie feel dated.
The message at the beginning (“this is a rental edition, if you want extra features then buy the BluRay”) fails for me as a movie consumer — I don’t generally care about the extra features, so that sort of marketing/messaging just alienates me. Note to self: start checking for WB movies, rent only, don’t buy.