Saturday, June 26, 2010

the Most Basic Worlds Preview Ever

Basic Preview of Prague, 2010:

Canadian teams diminished from the Furious George highs of the late 90s and mid 00s and Vancouver Men's and Women's teams skipped Canadian Nationals and thus will not be in Prague.

Will Japanese still bring it? Likely yes.

Australia does not appear to be sending their top teams. Likely too expensive.

Can Sweden, Finland and Germany recover lost glory?

Will Great Britain's rise continue? They have the highest-seeded teams of all the European squads.

USA USA USA: Across all divisions, no U.S. team is seeded lower than 12th. That 12th-seeded team is Backhoe, the women's team from North Carolina, a perennial Nationals semis contender. I am putting 50-1 odds that they finish higher than 12th.

Where's Europe: Despite a home-continent tournament for the first time since Turku in 2004, the highest seeded European team is Iceni from the UK at 6.

What European teams will surprise the field and rise above? Is the time nigh for Switzerland, Denmark or another to upset the European order?

Where's France?!?


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No, I Have Never Been a Blogger

I've never had a blog. Can't say that I follow other blogs to often. I don't keep up with the blogosphere.

But I have been a long-time contributor and these days that forum is falling into disrepair.

In the mid to late 1990s I started my own zine, a self-published production titled Derivative. I met some friends in the alternative press that way. I learned graphic design and desktop publishing. Inspired by the original and highly entertaining online literary magazine McSweeney's Internet Tendency (which does still appear to be in good shape) my housemate and I created the online zine Rivative, which is no longer in good shape.

The publishing world, it turns out, is not entirely my cup of tea. Filmmaking, playing, writing and doing play-by-play commentary of Ultimate is more my style.

My point is: if I make horrendous rookie blog mistakes, pen terrifically annoying blogowhines or  provide redundant or rehashed blogostuff, then don't be afraid to either let me know or to dismiss the writing as the work of an inexperienced bloggo who only hopes to provide a sliver of entertainment and a tad bit of usefulness.

I will get better. I promise. Call it a blogopact.