Tag Archives: olympics

A quick bit of Icelandic history (or why I’m rooting against my ancestors)

My favorite bio is at Popdose: “Beau Dure learned everything he needs to know about life while stuffed into the overhead compartment of a bus while writing Enduring Spirit, a book about the Washington Spirit’s first season. … He’s best known … Continue reading

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Most popular stories of the year (among those I wrote)

After some year-end number-crunching, here’s what people read — and what they overlooked: Top stories: 1. U.S. women rout New Zealand to reach quarterfinals. Not surprising in the sense that it’s Olympic women’s soccer, which accounts for most of these. … Continue reading

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Journalism, cynicism and the Olympics

“The blues ain’t about feelin’ better. The blues are about making other people feel worse.” — Bleeding Gums Murphy Journalists and blues musicians have a lot in common besides poor dental hygiene. We are all too often purveyors of misery, … Continue reading

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Videos from China

Since I’ve been slack about sharing my experiences since returning, having Twittered and blogged them in vivid detail while over there, here are a few videos to show what I couldn’t possibly describe. Here’s the light show all around the … Continue reading

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China beat: Handball, war, sanitation, etc.

In covering Iceland’s handball team today, I got this quote: What we thought before this game is just to do what our forefathers did. They at most endured, like, two or three days at home in peace, and then they … Continue reading

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Chinese transit and toilets

By now you’ve probably read my account of kidnapping and hitchhiking in Qinhuangdao. OK, that’s a little too dramatic, but it was a harrowing experience. Nothing like staying up all night after you’ve arrived 12 time zones from home. The … Continue reading

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