The party atmosphere continued last night over at the Handball House, which has been renamed the Copper Box in an attempt to not stereotype it since they want to keep using it as a venue after the games. Fair enough. But it was designed for handball, and it’s perfect—the rafters aren’t too high, and visibility is great. Handball is like basketball—there’s passing and dribbling, and you try to get the ball in the net. Well, it’s kind of like dodgeball too, as Mrs W commented, although no one ever seems to get thrown out—but there are plenty of two minute cautions where the player has to go sit down and the team is down a man for that period. Kind of like hockey, in fact.
The nets are different from basketball, though. They’re more like football goals. Here’s a basketball net: Continue reading
I always do my year-end best music list, but it’s also fun to take note of where we are at the halfway pole. Or, in this case, the 7/12 pole. So here’s some of what I’ve been digging on so far this year.
The Blueflowers: Stealing the Moon – Their 2011 release was one of my very best of the year, and you can look forward to hearing more about Stealing the Moon come December. Tony Hamera, Kate Hinote et al draw sounds from a variety of wonderfully diverse moments and places in our musical memories. You might hear a snatch of guitar that reminds you of Peter Buck, for instance. There’s a cinematic minor-chord noir vibe throughout. And I’m getting a sort of hip-goths-at-Palisades-Park trip from the organ on “Hole of Sorrow,” which is one of my four or five most-played tracks this year.
Love it, love it, freakin’ love it.
By Robert Becker
Great news this week for majority rule: CNN polling reported 63% think Bain Capital exploits make Mitt Romney more likely to “make good decisions handling” the economy over the next four years. What else matters to hardscrabble anguish in towns like Peoria, Illinois? Let’s hire a tough, no-nonsense CEO to remake America as Bain remade venture capital — and none of that feel-good, sentimental socialism.
Moreover, six in ten honorable voters (CBS/NY Times) won’t let jaw-dropping Bain revelations “matter to their vote” (so much for predation, outsourcing, job demolition, and tax-avoidance sleaze). Finally, 54% (USA Today/Gallup) affirm Mitt’s “personality and leadership qualities” are what a “president should have.” Exactly what “qualities,” pray tell, other than deviant capitalism and a gaffe-filled, policy-free pageant that glorifies his zealous “elasticity”? Continue reading