A regular spot to share some ideas about what’s good and what’s not on the interwebthingy. But, you know, it’s your life, so feel free to agree, disagree or ignore what follows.
What caught my attention last week
Remember to remember
Today is the 100th anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Ronald Simson, who was killed during the Battle of the Aisne in France. He was 24 years old, and he had been capped for Scotland in 1911. He was one of 132 rugby internationals (including 14 All Blacks) killed in that monumentally stupid war.
Simson played for London Scottish. The story goes that on the last day of the last rugby season before the war London Scottish had fielded four full teams against Blackheath. Of the 60 London Scottish players that day, 45 did not return.
Drive for glory, putt for cash
This week Sky TV announced they have lost the broadcast rights to the US PGA tour. It appears that the PGA may be moving to a direct-to-consumer model, similar to the way that English Premier League matches are now live streamed in New Zealand by Coliseum Sports Media. Interesting times for rugby in New Zealand, which is Sky’s killer content.
Meanwhile, actually playing golf in the US is taking a dive. One of the tricks they’re trying to recruit new players is a 15-inch cup. I reckon that’s a start: but I’ll be needing a fifteen-foot hole if I’m going to make par.
Wet ‘n Mean
For the kid in you, Bryan Curtis at Grantland has a long piece about the people who create water parks, notably Jeff Henry and George Millay.
I asked Henry what he thought of Millay.
Henry acknowledged Millay’s brilliance and then said, “He was mean. He was the meanest man I ever met.”
Surveillance photos capture devastating military technology from the future – after the jump.
What I’m Trying To Ignore Next Week
The election campaign – are we there yet?