Monthly Archives: December 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve (Eve)

New Year’s Eve is upon us.

2016 was a roller coaster year, filled with ups and downs that, at times, changed on a daily basis. Coupled with the occasional (and necessary!) look back at nostalgia, whether it be last month, last year, 5, 10, 20 or more years ago, life is a future-looking endeavor. Tomorrow is a new day. It just so happens that tomorrow’s tomorrow will ring in a brand new year:

2017.

Along with remembering and building on your successes in 2016, also take the opportunity of a new year to recall your shortcomings and to not let people walk all over you if you happen to have a personable demeanor. Instead, make the necessary pivot without losing your core character and run your life like a, what’s the word?

What do I mean? Jim Halpert, help me out.

Service with a smile.

The Instrumental Heartbeat of Cinema

When a story is so unique and stellar, it’s difficult to let it go.

Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer are film making BFF’s (perhaps not the bonding phrase these reserved movie maestros would use). The many collaborations with Mr. Nolan writing and directing and Mr. Zimmer composing powerful accompanying movie soundtracks have left audiences in awe and amazement in the theater and in the years beyond the film’s premiere. The video below has been featured on this blog before, yet its story of how the score of the emotionally-driven Interstellar (2014) evolved from a rather ambiguous note is remarkable.

And Throwback Thursday seems like a fitting day to showcase the kind of random spark that creates movie magic.

That’s why we go to the movies…

and it’s inspiring that there are movie-makers who know why.

Participation Trophies…for Adults?

Sports are about competition, which creates pressure. So, what exactly is the opposite of this construct? And is it worth watching/engaging in?

Ladies and gentlemen, soccer (or football) fans everywhere, we may be finding out the answer to this in the not-so-distant future…

“We would still consider to increase the competition to 40 or 48 teams. A tournament of 48 teams would have the same period of the current one, and federations are all clearly in favour of a World Cup with more teams.”
–FIFA president Gianni Infantino

The modern World Cup features the best 32 national teams as determined by the qualifying-by-region dynamic (North and Central America, Europe, South America, Africa, etc.). As a lifelong soccer fan, the thought of needing or wanting more national teams included in the World Cup has never entered my mind. Never. 32 is a good number. As a matter of fact, 32 is ideal. It’s one thing to ponder expansion if (the key word) adding more teams would improve the greatest tournament on the planet.

The addition of 8-16 national sides won’t make the World Cup better.

The consequence of this decision will dilute the accomplishment of the “original” 32 teams that had to work hard, deal with limited personnel for critical games, sort out inner-squad turmoil and a wide-range of challenges to earn the right to compete for a World Cup every four years with the best-of-the-best. Rich nations qualify and succeed and poor nations qualify and succeed. It’s truly a wonderful sport.

The quote above, courtesy of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, states that the federations are in favor of such an expansion of more national teams.

Duh. It means more money for them.

Wasn’t a focus on money (and the corruption that followed) at the heart of Sepp Blatter’s downfall, as well as being FIFA’s most publicly concerning characteristic? Soccer and world-class competition tragically took a backseat to the former for years and years and years.

More teams = More FIFA. Is this really the best equation for the future of the beautiful game?

If anything, FIFA’s overarching role should be subtracted.

RIP Carrie Fisher

2016 is almost over…

There have been too many of these posts this year, especially lately. Carrie Fisher, daughter of Debbie Reynolds and an iconic actress in her own right, died today at the age of 60. There are few words that can be expressed in this moment, but as a Star Wars fan growing up (and today), Carrie Fisher was a princess unlike any other. She defined the intergalactic princess.

The following video honors some of her most classic film scenes.

To repeat what has surely been said many, many times today: May the Force be with you Carrie Fisher.