Geoff Edwards’ Ecclectic Top 10 List

Geoff Edwards runs a tumblr blog dedicated to beautiful maps.  I’ve featured his stuff a few times, but he deserves far more re-blogs in this space.  Consider it a new year’s resolution.  On to the list.

Deerhunter, “He Would Have Laughed” (from Halcyon Digest). The transition to the last melodic section of this song—beginning at about the 5:20 mark—is my favorite musical moment of 2010.

Killer Mike & T.I.P, “(Grandhustle) Ready Set Go.” The best hip-hop production of 2010.

Nicki Minaj’s verse on Kanye’s “Monster.” The album itself is good but in no way essential or classic. “Power” may be the most boring song ever to generate so much hype. But Minaj nails everything on this verse: lyrics, timing, intonation, and—most importantly—menace.

Catfish. Don’t read anything about it, just find a way to watch it. (Guilty pleasure: Kick-Ass. Chloe Moretz kills it as Hit Girl.)

“The Rejected” (Mad Men season 4, episode 4). My favorite episode of last season is the first time we see 1960s counterculture begin to bubble-up through the slick, modernist facade. (“The Suitcase” is also very good.)

An Ask Metafilter thread from May — http://bit.ly/eRgvpk . One user of the service sought the help of his fellow MeFites in convincing two Russian friends not to fall victim to a human trafficking scam here in the United States. The massive outpouring of advice, support, and donations eventually resulted in a happy ending and at least one poignant interview on a Newsweek blog (here: http://bit.ly/hKDext ). 

2 Years in Prison—A Man’s Storyhttp://bit.ly/ekFbGL . You may think your impression of prison has been sufficiently ridded of naiveté. Prepare to have that impression reupholstered.

Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. West Coast pale ales are my favorite genre of drink. This is tops.

[image via Brewed for Thought]

Jason Heyward’s first at-bat. My sports highlight of the year, ranking just above the Olympic hockey final and the group-winning US goal in the World Cup.

The ash cloud. The sub- and superterranean tangled in April when Eyjafjallajokull led to the biggest disruption of European air traffic since World War II. It also spawned some neat visualizations and Stranded, a MagCloud issue produced by a bunch of stuck travelers.

[image via the Big Picture @ the Boston Globe]
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December 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Nemo Németh’s Top 10 Things He “Thumbs Up”

Nemo has ten thumbs?  Weird.  Here are his top 10 in no particular order:

  • A hot tea and a warm helmet on a cold day.
  • Slamming the weight down after a successful heavy clean and jerk or snatch
  • Scoring goals
  • The sweet scent of lingering perfume of tall brunette women with curly hair
  • Skydiving on breezy summer days
  • Daft Punk

Daft Punk – Derezzed [via Le Touch]

  • Lake Balaton

[images via Sunshine Estates and Destination 360]
  • A big bite of a green apple that makes that crunchy noise
  • The smell of crisp air when winter turns spring
  • The feeling of full throttle acceleration on the motorcycle

Hungarian teen idol.

December 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Old Soccer Postcards

[Hunter Davies’s Collection of Soccer Postcards via the Run of Play]

November 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

The Beautiful Game

Eugene says:

Every once in a while you come across writing so good, you can’t sit still as you’re reading it.

Fantastic way to introduce this article which is (partly) about the legend:

Pelé.

Excerpt:

If the crisis of having a body is that it’s resistant to our will, soccer exaggerates the crisis, moves what you want to do even further away from what you can do, then gives us athletes who do what they want to anyway. That may be why moments of beauty in soccer, compared to those in other sports, nearly always feel like consolations.

[Pelé as a Comedian by Brian Phillips via ReadingByEugene.com]

September 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading. Leave a comment.

Blind Soccer

The face mask is to level the playing field because some players are just mostly blind.  Much like visual soccer, communication is paramount.  The rules state that before you try to steal the ball from an offensive player, you must shout “voy!” before engaging.

Incredible ball skill, regardless of sight.

[via Kottke]

[image via William Pictures]

September 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Video. 1 comment.

Guy Ritchie’s short film for Nike

Nike stealing the rug from under Adidas as the World Cup comes to an end.

[via gconnect]

July 10, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.